DENVER – Colorado Access is pleased to announce that Alexis Giese, MD, senior vice president of health care systems and chief medical officer at the nonprofit health plan, has been selected as a member of the Long-Term Competency subcommittee of the Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force. The task force, formed by the Colorado Department of Human Services on April 8, 2019 by direction of Gov. Jared Polis, aims to improve the current behavioral health system in the state.
The subcommittee is tasked with creating a plan to improve behavioral health in the criminal justice system. The 25 members represent a variety of organizations from the state of Colorado, including health care, law, social work, and government. The subcommittee will develop a plan for individuals who have been found incompetent to proceed and solutions for greater community intervention to reduce demand on forensic solutions to mental health.
“Colorado Access has an important opportunity to contribute to the subcommittee’s work,” says Giese. “We understand Medicaid-funded behavioral health, and we are positioned to mobilize those services and integrate them with other systems so that persons with behavioral health conditions receive necessary treatment and stay out of the criminal justice system.”
Giese’s involvement on the subcommittee follows the Colorado Access mission to partner with communities and empower people through access to quality, affordable care. Her nearly 30 years of experience in innovative service delivery leadership and as a practicing psychiatrist, including 11 years at Colorado Access, will bring a unique perspective to the subcommittee.
About Colorado Access
Founded in 1994, Colorado Access is a local, nonprofit health plan that serves members throughout Colorado. The company’s members receive health care under Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) and Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) behavioral and physical health, and long-term services and supports programs. The company also provides care coordination services and administers behavioral health and physical health benefits for two regions as part of the Accountable Care Collaborative Program through Health First Colorado. Colorado Access is the state’s largest single entry point agency, coordinating long-term service and supports for Health First Colorado recipients in five Denver metro area counties. To learn more about Colorado Access, visit coaccess.com.