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Information Provided to the Denver Post and Channel 9

Information Provided to the Denver Post and 9News

 

CDHS was contacted by the Denver Post and 9News in February, 2012 and asked to provide information about the Colorado Child Welfare System. Over the course of the past nine months the department has provided these two news agencies access to a significant amount information in an effort to be transparent and collaborative.

 

CDHS provided the following information and access to the Denver Post and 9News in their research for their child welfare series of print and broadcast reports. The following links will take you to the documents provided.

 

Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) Response to the Denver Post and Legislatures

 

November 16 Letter to Commissioners

Sample Letter to Legislatures

Summary for Denver Post

 

Interview transcripts with both 9News and the Denver Post


Interview Transcript with 9News - CDHS Executive Director Reggie Bicha
Interview Transcript with the Denver Post - CDHS Executive Director Reggie Bicha
Interview Transcript with 9News - CDHS Child Protection Manager Ruby Richards

Child Welfare Case Worker Ride Alongs


Channel 9 Access Schedule
Denver Post Access Schedule

Documents Sent to the Denver Post and 9News


Caseload Document - 1 file

Children's Justice Grant Application - 1 file

Child and Family Review Services – 12 files

Child and Family Services Review Performance Improvement Plan – 17 files

Statewide Assessment – 1 file

Administrative Review Reports - 35 files

Quality Assurance Reviews - 47 files

Memorandums of Understanding – 57 files

Referral Reasons 2006 - 2012 – 29 files

Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Deaths 2002-2012 – 1 files

Child and Family Services Review Communications - 11 files

Child Welfare Closeouts - 10 files

Core Service Closouts - 10 files

Child Welfare Expenditure reports 2001-2012 – 12 files

El Paso County Performance Improvement Plan Document - 3 files

Meetings


  • Friday, March 26 – State and county representatives to discuss and learn about Colorado’s Child Welfare System, including in-depth discussion on Trails and available reports. Attendees included: Chris Osher, Denver Post; Karen Auge, Denver Post; Jordan Steffen, Denver Post;, Jennifer Brown, Denver Post; Jeremy Jojola, 9News; Anna Houston, 9News; El Paso County Director of Human Services Rick Bengston; Adams County Deputy Director of Human Services Herb Covey; Adams County Child Welfare Director Darwin Cox; Denver County Human Services PIO Revekka Balancier; Washington County Commissioner David Foy; Colorado Counties, Inc. Policy and Research Supervisor Gini Pingenot; CDHS Child Welfare Associate Director David Menefee; Trails Administrator Jon Sushinsky; CDHS PIO Liz McDonough; and CDHS Deputy Executive Director Dee Martinez. (2 hours)
     
  • April 4 – discuss state and county child welfare allocations and budgets. Attendees included: Chris Osher, Denver Post; Jennifer Brown, Denver Post; Director of the Office of Performance and Strategic Outcomes Jay Morein; CDHS Budget Director Will Kugel; CDHS PIO Liz McDonough. (1 hour)

  • April 11 – Child Welfare Training Academy Safety Assessment Class observation and meeting with Academy staff. Attendees included: Chris Osher, Denver Post; Jennifer Brown, Denver Post; Child Welfare Training Academy Director Art Atwell; CDHS Office of Children Youth and Families Director Julie Krow; CDHS PIO Liz McDonough. (6 hours)

  • April 19 – Jefferson County DHS management and senior staff to understand Differential Response and coordinate upcoming ride-alongs. Attended: Jace Larson, 9News; Nicole Vapp, 9News; Anna Houston, 9News; Jordan Steffen, Denver Post; Lynnae Flora, Jefferson County Human Services; Mary Berg, Jefferson County Child Welfare Director; Ruby Richards, CDHS Child Protection Manager; CDHS PIO Liz McDonough. (2 hours)

  • April 25 - Sean McCaw, Jon Sushinski and Liz McDonough on data, CDHS Division of Child Welfare, 1:00 p.m. (90 minutes)

  • April 25 – Chris Osher, Jennifer Brown with Kathy Chase from OIT, Judy Rodriguez and Liz McDonough to demonstrate the Trails system with a “dummy case,” as requested during the previous meeting, 4/25 at 2:30. (2 hours)

  • April 26 – Chris Osher, Jennifer Brown with Lloyd Malone, Glenn Levizzi, Les Cowgher, Dave Menefee and Liz McDonough on the Child Welfare Allocation Committee and Core Services, 9:00 a.m. (90 minutes)

  • May 2 - Chris Osher, Dave Brown, CDHS Division of Accounting, Liz McDonough, 1:30 p.m. (90 minutes)

  • May 10 – 10:30 Phone interview: Jordan Steffen with Marc Mackert and Liz McDonough, 3rd referral data, May 10, 10:30. (30 minutes)

  • May 22 - Jennifer Brown and Chris Osher, Ruby Richards, Liz McDonough on fatalities/referral data - 90 minutes.

  • May 28 forward - Arranged several video/still photographer visits to the Child Welfare Training Academy. (8 hours)

  • June 12 - Jennifer Brown and Chris Osher, Ruby Richards, Liz McDonough on fatalities/referral data - 90 minutes.

  • June 29 – Karen Auge (Denver Post), Jace Larson, Nicole Vapp (9) with Dee Martinez, Liz McDonough, Jess Harvat, Jeanne Zielinski (CDHS), Cheryl Ternes, Angela Lytle (Arapahoe County DHS, Arapahoe County Commissioner Susan Beckman, Arapahoe County Attorney.

  • July 18 – Chris Osher, Jennifer Brown, Jordan Steffen, Karen Auge (Denver Post) interview with CDHS Executive Director Reggie Bicha (2 hours)

  • August 29 – Jace Larson interview with CDHS Child Protection Manager Ruby Richards 10:00 Dee Martinez, Liz McDonough present (90 minutes)

  • August 30 – Jace Larson interview with CDHS Executive Director Reggie Bicha 10:00 Dee Martinez, Liz McDonough present (90 minutes)

  • October 12 – Phone interview: Jordan Steffen with CDHS Executive Director Reggie Bicha. Dee Martinez and Liz McDonough (15 minutes)

  • November 1 – Performance Improvement Plan with Jordan Steffen (DP) and Jace Larson (9), El Paso County DHS, Division of Child Welfare. El Paso: Rick Bengsston, Jennifer Brown, Shirley Rhodus; CDHS: Judy Rodriguez, Erin Hall, Dee Martinez, Liz McDonough