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The Child Welfare Allocations Committee (CWAC) was created by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado to provide input to the Executive Director of Human Services relative to the development of an equitable model for allocation of the Child Welfare Service Block Allocation to the counties. In addition, the CWAC is obliged to annually review and revise the allocation formula as necessary to reflect the changes in cost of delivery of services, caseload and population, and any other county or state dynamics and make recommendations to the Executive Director.
The Child Welfare Allocation Committee meets quarterly.
The Child Welfare Allocation Committee consists of 11 members, eight of whom are appointed by Colorado Counties, Inc. and three of whom are appointed by the State Department of Human Services.
State Department Representative
Association of Counties Representative
Minna Castillo Cohen, M. Ed
Director, CDHS - Office of Children, Youth, and Families
Commissioner, Mesa County (Western Region)
Association of Counties Representatives
Darius Allen, Commissioner, Alamosa County
At Large – Balance of State
Wendy Buxton-Andrade, Commissioner, Prowers County
Jeanne McQueeney, Commissioner, Eagle County
At Large County
Nancy Sharpe, Commissioner, Arapahoe County
Front Range Region
Emma Pinter, Commissioner, Adams County
Barbara Kirkmeyer, Commissioner, Weld County
County with greatest percentage of child welfare caseload
Don Mares, Executive Director, Denver Department of Human Services
Mark Waller, Commissioner, El Paso County
Committee Staff Support
Brandy Harper, Program Assistant
Office of Children Youth and Families
Colorado Department of Human Services
Child Welfare Allocation Committee By-laws
Child Welfare Allocation Committee
ARTICLE 1: ESTABLISHMENT, MISSION, PURPOSE
Section 1.1: Name
This Committee shall be called the Child Welfare Allocation Committee (CWAC).
Section 1.2: Establishment
The CWAC was established, through Senate Bill 97-218, by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado to provide input to the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services (“Department” or “CDHS”) relative to the development of an equitable model for allocation of the Child Welfare Service Block Appropriation to the counties.
Section 1.3: Purpose
The statutory purpose of the CWAC is to provide input to the State Department, as to the development of the most equitable, cost efficient and effective formulas for distribution of the Child Welfare Services Block appropriation to Colorado's sixty-four counties; and further, to ensure that these funds are used in the most effective way with regard to the delivery of Child Welfare Services to the citizens of Colorado.
ARTICLE 2: MEMBERSHIP
Section 2.1: Goal of Membership
CWAC membership is intended to be inclusive of small, medium and large counties to encourage fair and equitable review and revision of the child welfare allocation formula.
Section 2.2: CWAC Membership
Voting CWAC members shall include representatives from counties and CDHS. For the purposes of these bylaws, “representative from a county” shall mean a county commissioner or in the case of the City and County of Denver, the Director of the Human Services Department.
The committee membership shall be as stated in C.R.S. 26-5-103.5 (Exhibit A)
ARTICLE 3: CWAC MEMBER EXPECTATIONS
Section 3.1: Term of Committee Members
Section 3.2: CWAC Member Role and Responsibilities
The CWAC shall have the following duties (C.R.S. 26-5-103.5 and 104):
Section 3.3: CWAC Co-Chair Duties and Powers
ARTICLE 4: CWAC Subcommittees
Section 4.1: Subcommittee Creation
The CWAC shall designate standing or temporary sub-committees as needed. Subcommittee Co-Chairs are appointed by the CWAC and selected to meet the needs of each committee. Subcommittees will have one Co-Chair representing the Department and one Co-Chair representing counties.
Section 4.2: Subcommittees; Task Group or Workgroup Expectations
All CWAC subcommittees must:
Section 4.3: Subcommittees; Task Group or Workgroup Membership
The CWAC Co-Chairs and members under shall determine composition of the group and shall attempt to ensure geographic diversity.
ARTICLE 5: MEETING EXPECTATIONS AND BYLAWS
Section 5.1: Frequency of Meetings
The CWAC meets at the call of its Co-Chairs, at least two times per year, and on such other occasions as deemed necessary by the CWAC.
Subcommittees and advisory bodies shall meet upon the call of their respective Co- Chairs.
Section 5.2: Open Meetings Law
The CWAC shall follow the Colorado Open Meetings Law; specifically, public notice of the CWAC meetings and agenda information shall be posted for the public.
Section 5.3: Quorum
A quorum for the transaction of business shall constitute no less than a simple majority of the voting members.
Section 5.4: Voting
Action by the CWAC will be determined by a minimum of seven affirmation votes to pass.
A CWAC member may, at the discretion of the presiding Co-Chair, answer questions from other members.
The Co-Chairs may bring an issue before the CWAC for vote by phone or email. There shall be at least 48 hours’ notice, and supporting documentation, unless the Co-Chairs agree to waive the notice requirement in an emergency situation.
Section 5.5: Bylaws Amendment Process
The bylaws may be changed at any time as approved by a quorum. Bylaws will be reviewed every year and amended as needed.
EXHIBIT A: C.R.S. 26-5-103.5
(2)(a) THE COMMITTEE CONSISTS OF THIRTEEN MEMBERS, TEN OF WHOM MUST BE APPOINTED BY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND THREE OF WHOM MUST BE APPOINTED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT, AND THE COMMITTEE CONSISTS OF TWO NON-VOTING MEMBERS WHO MUST BE APPOINTED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT.
(c) Of the appointments-made MEMBERS APPOINTED by county commissioners, only one representative per county may serve on the committee at the same time, and:
(I) One MEMBER must be appointed by the COUNTY commissioners of each of the following regions, as those regions are defined in subsection
(2)(d) of this section:
(A) The Eastern region;
(B) The Front Range region;
(C) The Mountain region;
(D) The Southern region; and
(E) The Western region
(II) Three MEMBERS must be at-large appointments. Of the three at-large appointments, two MEMBERS must be appointed by the COUNTY commissioners of the counties described in section 26-5-104 (4)(b)(I), and one must be appointed by the COUNTY commissioners who represent the counties described in section 26-5-104 (4)(b)(II); AND PAGE 2-SENATE BILL 19-031
(III) Two MEMBERS MUST BE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE TWO COUNTIES IN THE STATE WITH THE GREATEST PERCENTAGE OF THE STATE'S CHILD WELFARE CASELOAD. COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IN THE TWO COUNTIES WITH THE GREATEST PERCENTAGE OF THE STATE'S CHILD WELFARE CASELOAD SHALL EACH APPOINT ONE MEMBER FROM THEIR COUNTIES TO SERVE ON THE COMMITTEE.
(e) As USED IN THIS SUBSECTION (2), "COUNTY COMMISSIONERS" MEANS:
(I) THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IN EACH COUNTY;
(II) IN THE CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER, THE DEPARTMENT OR AGENCY WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND WELFARE ACTIVITIES; AND
(III) IN THE CITY AND COUNTY OF BROOMFIELD, THE CITY COUNCIL OR A BOARD OR COMMISSION APPOINTED BY THE CITY AND COUNTY OF BROOMFIELD.
(d) For the purposes of this subsection (2):
(I) The eastern region is comprised of Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma counties;
(II) The front range region is comprised of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, and Weld counties, and the city and county of Broomfield and the city and county of Denver;
(III) The mountain region is comprised of Chaffee, Clear Creek, Custer, Eagle, Fremont, Gilpin, Grand, Jackson, Lake, Park, Pitkin, Summit, and Teller counties;
(IV) The southern region is comprised of Alamosa, Baca, Bent, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Mineral, Otero, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Grande, and Saguache counties; and
(V) The western region is comprised of Archuleta, Delta, Dolores, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Rio Blanco, Routt, San Juan, and San Miguel counties.
Last modified 11/14/2019