How the Denver Sheriff Department is improving in-custody mental health services

Dr. Nikki Johnson is the Denver Sheriff Department’s first chief of mental health services and is charged with improving in-custody mental health services


Law enforcement officers are often placed in situations where they encounter individuals with mental illness. Once an individual has been controlled or transported, they may be taken to a professional psychiatric detention and treatment facility, or to a locked detention facility for processing. What happens next varies from agency to agency.

In a recent episode of the Policing Matters podcast, hosted by Corrections1's sister site Police1, podcast host Jim Dudley speaks with Dr. Nikki Johnson, the first chief of mental health services for the Denver Sheriff Department in Colorado. Dr. Johnson was hired in January 2021 to drive the strategy and performance of the mental health services provided within the Denver Sheriff Department, which is the largest provider of psychiatric services in Denver.

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