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CDHS Puts Mobile Technology in the Hands of Child Welfare Workers

CDHS has begun to distribute mobile technologies throughout the state as part of the Governor Hickenlooper’s Child Welfare Plan "Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy 2.0" announced in February of last year.  The Governor recognized the importance of having a well-trained, highly-qualified work force with the best supports and tools available to ensure they can meet the needs of Colorado’s children and families.

County child welfare workers spend a large amount of time away from the office visiting children in their homes, working with parents, foster parents, and mental health professionals, and testifying in court hearings. Most of these interactions require documentation to help keep kids safe and strengthen families. When away from the office, workers have limited access to data systems and are unable to record information in a timely manner. With an investment of more than $927,000 in mobile devices, including laptops, tablets and smart phones, child welfare workers throughout the state will be more efficient and effective in their jobs.

Mobile technologies will be distributed to child welfare workers in 53 county human services departments throughout the state. The State is working with the remaining counties in an effort to get them equipped with the right devices.

Total Mobile Technologies Investment to date: $927,230
Adams $65,134
Alamosa $19,476
Arapahoe $70,890
Archuleta $4,657
Baca $1,734
Bent $4,913
Boulder $3,145
Cheyenne $2,380
Clear Creek $3,236
Conejos $2,367
Costilla $5,259
Crowley $7,589
Delta $7,000
Dolores $685
Douglas $9,480
Eagle $6,933
Elbert $8,099
El Paso $115,467
Fremont $20,048
Garfield $18,975
Gilpin $5,263
Grand $3,996
Gunnison $4,734
Huerfano $3,425
Jefferson $126,942
Kiowa $1,210
Kit Carson $631

Lake $5,925
La Plata $7,359
Larimer $95,003
Las Animas $10,548
Logan $6,775
Mesa $45,992
Moffat $14,964
Montezuma $7,535
Montrose $3,333
Otero $15,528
Ouray $1,925
Park $3,425
Phillips $2,161
Pitkin $3,205
Prowers $15,579
Pueblo $29,199
Rio Grande $4,874
Routt $2,820
Saguache $3,425
San Miguel $1,095
Sedgwick $1,349
Summit $9,389
Teller $12,510
Washington $3,669
Weld $90,845
Yuma $5,133