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The Residential Care Collaborative is a committee led by CDHS and includes representatives from provider agencies, state and county child welfare departments, the Office of Behavioral Health, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and a behavioral health organization. The group, initiated in 2005 through House Bill 05-1084, has quarterly meetings open to the public, and guests in attendance primarily include residential care providers and county utilization managers.
The collaborative has a critical role in aiding Colorado’s plan to “right size” congregate care over the next five years. The group reviews current policy and practice to ensure that residential care placements are used as an appropriate service and not a permanent placement. Specifically, the Collaborative reviews new initiatives, policies and strategies that impact residential care to ensure that providers, counties and the state maintain the direction of best practice for the treatment and service of children and youth.
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