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Morgan Medlock out as head of the Colorado Behavioral Health Administration

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Colorado’s Behavioral Health Administration has a new interim commissioner less than a year after it was officially launched.

The administration opened shop in July under the Colorado Department of Human Services, and is meant to coordinate and improve the state’s mental health and addiction programs.

Its first commissioner, Dr. Morgan Medlock, was chief medical officer and director of crisis and emergency services for the Washington, DC, Department of Behavioral Health before being recruited to Colorado in January 2022.

Michelle Barnes, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, will take over as interim head of the administration. While she’s in that role, a six-person team will make top decisions for the Department of Human Services.