Youth Seclusion Working Group

The Youth Seclusion Working Group was created through HB 16-1328. The purpose of this working group, as outlined in C.R.S 26-20-110, is to advise the Division of Youth Services (DYS) on policies, procedures, and best practices related to seclusion and alternatives to such seclusion. 

The working group shall monitor the DYS's use of confinement for administrative purposes. If necessary, the working group may make recommendations to the DYS and Colorado legislative committees of reference about the use of confinement for administrative purposes. 

The working group met for the first time on July 29, 2016, and the work of the group shall conclude its work no later than September 1, 2024. 

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Meetings

 

Members

Name Representation
Minna Castillo Cohen CDHS Executive Director Designee
Anders Jacobson Director of the Division of Youth Services
Ashley Tunstall Director of Behavioral Health within the Division of Youth Services
Pam Neu Director of the Office of Behavioral Health Designee
Joseph Thome Former Senior Executive of the Division of Youth Services
Danielle Torrez Employee of the Division of Youth Services
Rebecca Wallace Non-profit advocacy group that works to restrict seclusion for youth, appointed by the Speaker of the House
Brandi Haws Non-profit advocacy group that works to restrict seclusion for youth, appointed by the Senate President
Dr. Joseph Perieno Expert in adolescent development, adolescent brain development or trauma informed care, appointed by the Senate Minority Leader
Tom Leversee Expert in Juvenile Development or Detention Issues, Appointed by the House Minority Leader
Kelli Burmeister

Division of Youth Services Research 

Caroline Parker Office of the Child Protection Ombudsman
Dawn Romero Office of the State Public Defender