Partners director on statewide task force to improve mental health help

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Partner's executive director Jill Derrieux has been selected to serve on a behavioral task force formed by the Colorado Department of Human Services.

More than 470 people applied for the 25 positions available. The task force will take a look at Colorado's behavioral health system and make a plan to update it. By doing so, the task force hopes to improve Colorado's support and resources for people that need help.

The task force will host town hall meetings to get input from the public about how to improve.

"I’m hoping we can help with some of the shortage and need for the mental healthcare. We have kids that are in crisis, and sometimes it’s a six-week wait to get help. When we have someone in crisis, that's too long,” Jill Derrieux, Mesa County Partners Executive Director, said.

In addition to the 25 member task force, there are three subcommittees made up of a total of 100 people.