Colorado to spend $20 million to relieve ongoing backlog of mental competency evaluations; critics say problem was foreseeableJanuary 8, 2018
State can’t keep up with monthly court orders for competency evaluation, which jumped from 146 to 215
JENNIFER BROWN | December 28, 2017
People with mental illness who are accused of crimes in Colorado are waiting up to four times as long as legally allowed for evaluations and treatment because the system is so overwhelmed, their attorneys say.
Colorado is bound by a 2012 lawsuit settlement to conduct mental competency evaluations or begin treatment for people found incompetent to stand trial within 28 days Read More