Ms. Jerene Petersen, Acting Director, Ms. Sarah Wager, Director for the Office of Administrative Solutions, and Dr. Robert Werthwein, Director for the Office of Behavioral Health, Department of Human Services (DHS), presented a request for cash funds for the 42-Bed Expansion, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo project. Committee members received a written description of the project, prepared by Legislative Council Staff (Attachment C). Ms. Wager provided an overview of the project. Discussion ensued regarding the operating costs associated with the project, and the status of the Secure Treatment Facility for Mental Health Restoration project. Discussion followed regarding the services and treatments to be provided using the beds to be opened under the project, and the deficit of beds that DHS is currently experiencing.