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Nikki Johnson

Correctional Mental Health Care

Dr. Nikki Johnson

Nikki Johnson


Dr. Nikki Johnson is the Chief of Mental Health Services for the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD). She has worked in jails and prisons with both juveniles and adults for over 15 years. Dr. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Women’s Studies, a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, and a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology. She has practiced as a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado since 2008 and as a Certified Addiction Specialist since 2010.

Dr. Johnson has driven the successful implementation and expansion of a Competency Restoration Program designed to restore individuals to competency. In addition, she started a Crisis Response Team, which is a 24/7 team of mental health professionals working alongside the deputies in prevention and de-escalation of crises involving individuals with serious mental illness (SMI). Dr. Johnson has also focused her efforts on the expansion of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) within Denver jails.