There are 94 beds at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan in Denver.
Starting Christmas Eve, the Colorado Department of Human Services announced patients discharged from them are being replaced with someone in the criminal justice system.
People who have not been charged with a crime will not be given a bed for the foreseeable future.
“We at Disability Law Colorado are very shocked and dismayed by the state’s proposal," said the group's director of legal services, Alison Butler. She said she thinks the state is solving one problem by creating another.