Dr. Nikki Johnson, Chief of Mental Health Services, Denver County Sheriff's Office, provided an overview of her background and position. She discussed competency, mental health step-down units, crisis response teams, and jail standards.
Committee members asked questions about how jails address mental health services absent state-wide standards. Captain Brown and Dr. Johnson responded that most jails have standards and policies already in place that are not dissimilar from each other. They also referenced the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.