Applicant Deadline Extended for the Colorado Public Safety Answering Point Alternative Response Peer Learning Sites

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The Office of Research and Statistics in the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) has extended the application deadline for the Colorado Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Alternative Response (AR) Peer Learning Sites program until May 15, 2024. Apply today.


Agencies from Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) or agencies that operate PSAPs from diverse locations, of varying sizes and with a variety of experiences responding to service calls related to behavioral health needs are encouraged to apply and become a Colorado PSAP Alternative Response (AR) Peer Learning Site.  

Informational virtual sessions are scheduled on the following dates:


  • March 27, 2024,  1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • March 29, 2024,  1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • April 16, 2024,   12 p.m. to 1 p.m.


These sessions will provide information on the goals of the program while also giving participants an opportunity to ask questions.


Selected Colorado PSAP AR Peer Learning Sites will share their expertise in planning and operating alternative response programs to deflect or divert individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis away from the criminal justice system with other state PSAPs interested in implementing an alternative response program in their area. They will leverage the existing collaborative strength of Colorado PSAPs, to facilitate the expansion and improvement of alternative response options for 9-1-1 emergency call centers across the state. The success and continuity of the peer learning program will be overseen by the Office of Research and Statistics in collaboration with the Colorado 9-1-1 Resource Center (CO911RC). Agencies operating a PSAP with experience developing, implementing, or collaborating with other first responder agencies to deliver alternative response programs to address 9-1-1 calls for service related to behavioral health crises are encouraged to apply by  May 15, 2024.


This initiative marks a significant stride towards enhancing emergency response services and effectively addressing behavioral health crises. The partnership between DCJ, CO911RC, and other stakeholders reflects a commitment to advancing public safety and well-being for all those who call Colorado home.

For questions or accommodations, email Erin Crites, Policy Advisor with the Office of Research and Statistics.