The Co-Responder model of criminal justice diversion generally consists of two-person teams comprised of a police officer and a behavioral health specialist to intervene on mental health related police calls to de-escalate situations that have historically resulted in arrest, and to assess whether the person should be referred for an immediate behavioral health assessment.

GPD in collaboration with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Wheat Ridge Police Department applied for and received a one-year grant allowing us to offer a co-responder program to citizens. GPD has partnered with the Jefferson Center to provide for follow-up support, field responses and/or intervention for citizens in Golden who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

Learn more about local mental health services