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Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo


Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) is a 516-bed acute care psychiatric hospital that provides inpatient behavioral health services for adults, adolescents and geriatric patients. CMHIP is a forensic hospital that serves individuals with pending criminal charges who require evaluations of competency, individuals who have been found to be incompetent to proceed (restoration treatment) and individuals found to be not guilty by reason of insanity by Colorado's criminal courts. Patients' families, friends and loved ones are encouraged to visit and maintain relationships with patients while hospitalized.

CMHIP is located in southern Colorado on a 300-acre campus. As one of Pueblo's largest employers, we offer career opportunities in many multi-disciplinary professions, including nursing, psychology, social work and medicine. CMHIP is accredited through the Joint Commission.

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Vision ⇢ Mission ⇢ Values


At CMHIP, we aspire to improve the quality of life for our most vulnerable populations in Colorado by advancing the best practices in behavioral health care.


We deliver exceptional mental health care for Colorado's forensic, geriatric and adolescent patients, in an environment that is safe for patients and staff.


  1. Physical and Emotional Safety
  2. Trust and Respect
  3. Camaraderie and Teamwork
  4. Empowerment
  5. Shared Leadership
  6. Acting with Intent
  7. Learning
Contact CMHIP

1600 W. 24th St.
Pueblo, CO 81003

Main Phone:719.546.4000
Media: 303.866.7505
Staff Education: 719.546.4339
Human Resources: 719.546.4611
Medical Records: 719.546.4184
Patient Representative: 719.546.4034
Purchasing: 719.546.5009
Volunteer Services: 719.546.4388
Crisis Services: 1.844.493.TALK (8255) or visit Colorado Crisis Services

Doctoral Psychology Internship in Health Service Psychology
Picture of the outside of the Hawkins Building on CMHIP campus.

The Hawkins Building on the CMHIP campus. 

The Doctoral Internship in Health Services Psychology at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo

MATCH 2021 for 2022-2023 Internship Year
APPIC Match Number:

The doctoral psychology internship at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) trains Health Services Psychologist interns in the nine profession-wide competencies of general clinical practice, with an emphasis on forensic populations. Our program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) Commission on Accreditation (COA) since 2010 and we are scheduled for our next site visit in 2027. We provide experiential training in the application of evidence-based treatment interventions, psychological and forensic evaluations, neuropsychological screenings procedures and assessments, applied clinical research, efficacious clinical supervision, and supervision training. We provide multiple opportunities to observe professional modeling to meaningfully further our interns' development as Health Services Psychologists.

Our program is now accepting applications for three doctoral internship positions for the 2022-2023 training year. Intern positions are full-time term-limited (12 months) employees of the State of Colorado. Interns are non-exempt employees thus eligible for comp time, and will receive a salary with state benefits to include medical and dental insurance, ten (10) state holidays, annual leave, and sick leave.

Passing pre-employment background checks and drug screen is a condition of employment. Additional information about pre-employment requirements and employee benefits can be found in Internship Admission, Support and Initial Placement Data section of this website.

Below you will find links to information about our program. Please contact us by phone if you have additional questions.

Director: Peggy Hicks, EdD
Phone: 719-546-4552

Assistant Director: Michelle Colarelli, PsyD
Phone: 719-546-4880


Doctoral Psychology Internship Accreditation

The CMHIP Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Our internship program has been accredited since 2010 and we are scheduled for our next site visit in 2027. Our internship training program is also a participating member of the Association of psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). As such, we participate in the APPIC Internship Match through the National Matching Service, Inc. (NMS). Thus, all applicants for our internship must be registered for the Match to be eligible for consideration for an interview and potential match with our internship. Our APPIC Match number is 196311. Please see the APPIC website ( for Match policies.

Accreditation questions can be addressed to:

American Psychological Association
Commission on Accreditation
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242
(202) 336-5979 |


INTERVIEW DATES: To be decided during the month of January 2022. 

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Policies and Forms

The CMHIP Nutrition Services Department participates in the School Breakfast and Lunch Program, as well as the Afterschool Snack Program, through the Colorado Department of Education and for residents on the Adolescent Behavioral Treatment Unit. A Local Wellness Policy is required to be available. View the policy.

If you seek Medical Records from CMHIP, a form is available. You can send the form back by:
Fax: (719) 546-4212
Mail: CMHIP ATTN: Medical Records, 1600 W. 24th Street, Pueblo CO 81003