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What is the PACT program?

PACT stands for Pitkin Area Co-Responder Teams, a collaborative community program between law enforcement and mental health professionals. The co-responder team jointly responds to calls where substance abuse and/or mental health challenges may exist.

Who makes up the PACT team?

  • A co-responder, who is a licensed mental health clinician. 
  • Local police officers and deputies from Aspen Police Department, Snowmass Village Police Department, and Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. 
  • A case manager and a peer specialist from Mind Springs Health. 

How does the PACT program work?

  1. On scene, the mental health co-responder works with officers and deputies to help stabilize the situation and to develop a plan to help.
  2. A full-time case manager follows up after the co-response and manages the plan. This may involved:
    • Helping with transportation to doctor appointments
    • Making sure they get their medications
    • Helping navigate legal issues
    • Assisting with access to economic assistance or other community services
    • Coordinating access to counseling, group support, and/or treatment
    • Providing resources to loved ones and to add another layer of support 
  3. A full-time peer specialist, who has lived with and overcome their own personal mental health challenges, is available during police calls or afterwards to provide support and to act as a role-model and advocate.

What are PACT’s goals?

  • To de-criminalize mental illness.
  • To reduce incarcerations of low-level offenders with mental illness. 
  • To decrease emergency room visits for mental health care. 
  • To reduce repeat police calls for individuals in need of community-based services and mental health support. 

PACT in the Media

Breaking down stigmas and stereotypes: Snowmass, Aspen public safety officials work to better address mental health within their departments, communities...

Pilot program aims to get assistance for low-level offenders

PACT program on Grassroots TV

Photos of the PACT Team

PACT Kick-Off Photo

At the PACT Launch Party June 28, 2019

From left to right: Jose Saez, Karen Koenneman, Suzuho Shimasaki, Katie Hundertmark, Jordana Sabella, Lara Xaiz, & Lance Nabers

PACT Skiing Photo

PACT & Aspen Strong joined together to raise mental health awareness and host approximately 60 people at last winter’s Uphill Social, a hike/ski up to the Cliffhouse at Buttermilk!

From left to right: Andrew Shewmaker, Alex Durant, Jeff Hembury, Lindsay Maisch, Jess Beaulieu, Lori Maloy, Nan Sundeen, and Schuyler Clay.

Program Partner Logos: Mind Springs Health, Apsen Police Department, Pitkin County Public Health, Sn

Contact: Jenny Lyons, Mental Health Program Administrator:  or 970.309.2677