The intent of the MHIPS program is to identify and provide services to those individuals that have been arrested with a charge that may be linked to their mental health needs.

  • To provide an alternative to pre-trial incarceration for mentally ill offenders.
  • To reduce jail bed days, and drain on community resources by providing supervision and support to mentally ill offenders.
  • To provide services to mentally ill offenders while maintaining public safety.
  • To provide the seriously mentally ill defendant with a starting point for successful rehabilitation.
  • To assist clients in making and maintaining community support systems.
  • To reduce recidivism among participants by providing appropriate assessment, monitoring, case management, and treatment services through a single community based location.
  • To appropriately identify and evaluate defendants who have a serious mental illness.
  • To assure continuity of care.
  • Primary Axis I diagnosis (other than the primary diagnosis being substance abuse) such as Bi-polar Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders, etc.
  • May have a co-occurring substance use diagnosis.
  • Axis II disorder, if present, must not be the predominant mental health issue.
  • Issues with maintaining stability in life (i.e. employment, housing, etc).
  • Crimes that can be linked to the defendants' mental health issues.
  • Defendants' that need assistance in connecting to resources in the community.
  • Voluntary participation
  • If the client is interested in MHIPS as a condition of the bond we will provide appropriate supervision, services and referrals.
  • Crisis intervention and short term therapy, medication monitoring, drop ins if needed, face to face meetings with their case manager
  • MHIPS staff will make appropriate referral to services, internal and external, to include mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, medication, housing, employment and basic needs.
  • MHIPS staff will discuss cases on an ongoing basis.
  • MHIPS staff will make referrals to community services to aid the client in developing independence and community support.
  • MHIPS Case Managers will provide monitoring and supervision as defined by the conditions of the bond and client needs.
  • Referral to or providing in house services including individual therapy, group therapy, medication administration, medical support regarding psychiatric medications and a supportive, challenging, supervised environment will be available to all participants.
  • MHIPS will also serve as a major referral source to the AIIM Program (Alternatives to Incarceration for Individuals with Mental health needs).

Contact MHIPS Program

Phone:  (970) 498-7543
Fax: (970) 980-2610
Per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Larimer County will provide a reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with a disability who need assistance, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship to the County or fundamentally alter services.  Services can be arranged with at least seven (7) business days’ notice.  Please email or call (970) 980-2679 or Relay Colorado 711.  “Walk-in” requests for auxiliary aids and services will be honored to the extent possible but may be unavailable if advance notice is not provided.