State Shuts Down Johnstown Mental Health Center
The state of Colorado has shut down Clear View Behavioral Health, a mental health center in Johnstown.
According to Denver7, officials are also planning to revoke the facility's license, due to "several regulatory violations" that came to light during a surprise inspection on September 22.
These violations include a lack of nursing services and infection control, particularly in regards to COVID-19.
This is not the first time that the state has tried to revoke Clear View's license.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) looked into the center after prompting from Denver7 Investigates; however, the state reissued its license after finding "no evidence of bad behavior."
But as the year went on, bad behavior turned up. In a 30-minute special, Denver7 covered alleged insurance fraud, sanitary issues, and patient deaths associated with Clear View.
"The facility needs to be closed. It should have been closed last year," former patient Lisa Sun told the station, after the state reissued the center's license. "Nobody should be in there. It's better to be homeless. Nobody should be in there, ever."
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser echoed Sun's remarks on Tuesday (September 29), stating that Clear View "wasn't a safe place for patients."
As of Wednesday (September 30), the facility's website, which claimed to provide "high quality mental health care to the community of Johnstown," is no longer active.