Behavioral Health Committee

Chair & Vice Chair

Abigail Tucker, Psy.D., Clinical Director, Community Reach Center, BHC Chair

Patrick Costigan, Chief Deputy District Attorney, 17th Judicial District, BHC Vice-Chair

Committee Members

Patty Boyd, RD, MPH, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Tri-County Health Department
Monica Broncucia-Jordan, Coroner, Adams County
Gene Claps, Chief Division Commander, Adams County Sheriff’s Office
Kathy Delgado, District Court Judge, 17th Judicial District
Stefanie Gaffigan, Deputy Public Defender, Colorado State Public Defender’s Office (Brighton Office)
Jeff Geist, Community Parole Manager, Colorado Department of Corrections
Randy Nelson, Police Chief, City of Thornton
Beth Torgersen, Community Corrections Administrator, Community Corrections, 17th Judicial District
Eric Wulf, Probation Supervisor, Probation Department, 17th Judicial District
Andrea Zugschwert, Manager, Adams County Department of Human Services
Paolo Diaz, Adams County County Managers Office, Poverty & Neighborhood Outreach Manager

Meeting Schedule

This committee meets the first Friday of each month from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Mission

To improve how local justice systems respond to and interact with individuals whose interactions with justice systems are driven by unmet behavioral health needs.

Current Projects

Behavioral Health and Justice Dashboard and Analytics Tool: An ongoing data review project that creates and monitors dashboard reporting to better the committee’s decision-making process. 

Co-Response Intervention Program: A program designed to partner the community mental health provider with local law enforcement to better serve those with mental illness involved in the criminal justice system. 

Future Goals

Expansion of Interventions and Co-Response Program

  • The CJCC BH Committee intends to continue to utilize the data in the dashboards and analytics tool to find more intervention points and grow the Co-Response Program county-wide

Participation in community health fairs to bring awareness to services

Past Accomplisments

Community Reach/Adams County Sheriff's Office/ Thornton Police Department Dashboard and Analytics Tool

  • Utilizing best practices and data-based decision making models, the Behavioral Health Committee has created two groundbreaking Law Enforcement/Behavioral Health Data Dashboards to inform potential interventions for people with mental illness in the criminal justice system
  • The combination of behavioral health data with law enforcement data is often a tremendous obstacle for programs trying to accomplish what we have here  

Community Reach/Thornton PD Interventions and Co-Response Pilot Program

  • Using the data from the dashboards, two interventions have been piloted in Thornton 

        1) Post-Law Enforcement MI (mental health hold) follow up intervention

        2) Pre-Law Enforcement M1 Triage/Co-Response Program utilizing a 24/7 Crisis Access Team and Mobile Crisis Unit