The DORS program was the first mental health diversion program in the state of Colorado and is operated in partnership with the Boulder County Jail, Boulder County Community Justice Services, and the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office. The purpose of the DORS program is to identify and divert individuals who are struggling with acute behavioral health challenges and who are charged with lower-level criminal offenses out of the criminal justice system and into appropriate behavioral health and social services. DORS participants typically receive at least 6 months of intensive case management from a Behavioral Health Navigator and are connected with individualized, community-based interventions to increase stabilization. By connecting these individuals with the appropriate resources and services, we hope to prevent future contacts with the justice system.
Eligibility/ Client Profile
Eligible individuals include adults who come into contact with law enforcement, who are assessed as being lower risk, and who have high needs for stabilizing services in the community. Example charges may include Theft, Trespass, Criminal Mischief, Disorderly Conduct, and Misdemeanor Drug charges.
How it works
The DORS program assesses eligible individuals based on risk and need as well as the current charge(s). Behavioral Health Navigators work closely with DORS participants to reduce barriers to engagement and increase access to services. These connections and supports assist participants in achieving long-term stability in the community, which decreases the likelihood of future crime. In addition, restorative practices are used to support accountability and repair of harm to victims and community. The types of services that individuals may be connected with include:
- Mental health and substance use treatment
- Housing, education, and employment
- Food and other basic needs
For more information about the program, contact program staff at firstname.lastname@example.org