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2017 Colorado Guidelines for Psychotropic Medication Use for Children and Adolescents in Colorado's Child Welfare System released

Children and youth who come to the attention of the child welfare system have disproportionately high rates of emotional and mental health challenges, and are prescribed high rates of psychotropic medications. Nationwide, over 10% of children/youth in foster care take psychotropic medications.

CDHS Office of Children, Youth and Families director outlines priorities for the remainder of his tenure

With less than two years remaining, Werthein created a "punch list" outlining priorities which the Office of Children, Youth and Families aims to accomplish before the end of this administration on January 1, 2019 to create lasting change in Colorado’s child welfare, juvenile justice and domestic violence systems. 

Impact of legislative changes on the children, youth and families served by the CDHS Office of Children, Youth and Families

Several bills passed during the 2017 legislative session that may impact the children, youth and families served through the programs and divisions within the CDHS Office of Children, Youth and Families. Below is a brief summary of a few more pieces of legislation that professionals in the fields of child welfare, domestic violence and juvenile justice may want to learn more about.