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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


Opened Day Treatment at our Lakewood site.

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


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


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.


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


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


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


Increased to 50 youth.


Added female unit.


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