History and Highlights

Jefferson Hills has been a leader in providing secure residential treatment for Colorado’s emotionally and behaviorally challenged youth since 1993.  Known for innovation, collaboration, and meeting community needs, Jefferson Hills has continually been on the cutting edge of providing services to Colorado’s at-risk children and youth.  Below is a timeline of events as our history has unfolded over the past 26 years.

2018

Contract and credentialing changes to meet Colorado ACC2.0 result in partners called RAEs for New Vistas and the Child/Youth CSU.

Nationally re-accredited by the Council on Accreditation with no outstanding responses required.

2017

Our Staff Secure Residential program in Aurora is licensed as a Substance Use Disorder Treatment facility.

2015-2016

Jefferson Hills completes a major initiative to train all staff in the evidenced-based practice of Motivational Interviewing.

2015

Jefferson Hills was awarded an EARSS (Expelled and At-Risk Student Services) grant for SSR youth.

The Child/Youth CSU’s have served 575 children/youth in its first 7 months of operation.

With the expansion of services at the Lakewood site, our Administrative and Business Offices lease space in one of the JCMH newly acquired buildings, adding more HR space and a larger conference room for training.

New Vistas provides services to its 4,000th child.

2014

Jefferson Hills opens a Child/Youth Crisis Stabilization Unit at each of its Lakewood and Aurora sites under CCC.

Colorado Community Connection (CCC) awarded the metro area’s services under the Governor’s Colorado Crisis Services continuum.

2012

Jefferson Hills launches a major Trauma-Informed Care Initiative throughout the organization.

2011

Opened Day Treatment at our Lakewood site.

Opened New Vistas at Jefferson Hills at the Lakewood site, an intensive crisis stabilization program.

2010

Consolidated the Lakewood and Aurora sites, having 75 youth at the Aurora site.

2006

Developed Quality Education Services (QES) to provide increased education oversight to small education programs and spread education administrative expenses.

Became accredited through Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services; began electronic medical record development.

2003

Capacity: Lakewood - 70, Aurora – 84, serving DYC and county child welfare youth, males and females.

1999

Purchased Aurora Behavioral Health Hospital, 90 residential beds plus social detox unit leased to Arapahoe House.

1997

Leased 40 beds at Aurora Behavioral Health Hospital, one male and one female unit.

1995

Increased to 50 youth.

1994

Added female unit.

1993

Incorporation of Jefferson Hills as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jefferson Center for Mental Health; purchase of the Lakewood site;  Division of Youth Corrections awards Jefferson Hills the contract for mental health services for committed youth