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The Administrative Review Divisions (ARD) continuously seeks to improve its services and processes through feedback from its stakeholders. Every year the ARD conducts two surveys, The Coordinator Survey and the Client Satisfaction Survey, to collect feedback regards the policies and processes of the Administrative Case Review. This valuable information is used to shape and improve both processes and service delivery.
The Administrative Review Division (ARD) publishes a variety of data reports, newsletters and publications related to child welfare practice and policy.
The Youth and Family Bridges Project through the Office of Behavioral Health served 551 Colorado adolescents and transition-age youth with substance use disorders, including those with co-occurring mental health disorders, from September 2013 to August 2017.
Needs Analysis - Current Status, Strategic Positioning, and Future Planning April 2015
The intent of the study was to identify and assess existing state and community resources and to recommend strategic future planning, taking into account the many constituent variables associated with the changing behavioral health care system. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Mental Health Program (WICHE), in partnership with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute (NRI) and Advocates for Human Potential (AHP), formed a team of Colorado and national behavioral health experts to complete this study for OBH. The Colorado OBH Needs Analysis: Current Status, Strategic Positioning, and Future Planning study began in August 2014 and concluded with the final report submission in April 2015. During this time, the project team worked on the 17 specific tasks that were part of the study. This report contains the findings from these tasks ordered by subject-matter relatedness as illustrated in the table below.
• Transportation Pilot Program Evaluation: A Summary of Findings FY 2019 July 19, 2019
The Transportation Pilot Program (TPP) was initiated in February 2018 at the Center for Mental Health in Montrose, Colorado. The second site, San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group received funding in April 2018. The purpose of the TPP is to provide comprehensive and secure transportation for individuals placed on a 72-hour treatment and evaluation hold across the region. Individuals who met specifications pursuant to C.R.S. 27-65-105 (1)(a)(1.5), and individuals on a voluntary mental-health-hold status, who necessitate a higher level of care pursuant to Article 65 of Title 27 also qualify to receive secure transport. This report contains the findings of an evaluation of the TPP, and looks at the program's effectiveness and efficiency, as well as access to and satisfaction with the program.
• Expansion of the Colorado Crisis System Report (C.R.S. 27-60-103 (6) (c)) May 1, 2018
Report provides a brief overview on the status of Colorado Crisis Services expansions. Senate Bill 17-207, which was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper in May 2017, provided $7.1 million to the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) in the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) to expand the crisis system and better equip law enforcement to respond to individuals in mental health crisis. In addition, the Long Bill allocated $2.6 million for Law Enforcement-Assisted Diversion (LEAD) pilots to assist law enforcement with redirecting individuals to community-based services instead of jail.
• Expansion of the Colorado Crisis System Report (C.R.S. 27-60-103 (6) (b)) November 1, 2017
Report provides a brief overview on the status of Colorado Crisis Services expansions. Senate Bill 17-207, which was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper in May 2017, provided $7.1 million to the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) in the Colorado Department of Human Services to expand the crisis system and better equip law enforcement to respond to individuals in mental health crisis. In addition, the Long Bill allocated $2.6 million for Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) pilots to assist law enforcement with redirecting individuals to community-based services instead of jail.
Contains findings from a study evaluating the impacts of Colorado’s ignition interlock program on impaired driving.
The report provides an overview of the Office of Behavioral Health’s (OBH) provision of competency restoration services and OBH efforts toward the coordination of competency restoration services with other existing programs pursuant to C.R.S. 27-60-105. The report highlights data regarding the number of individuals ordered to competency restoration services, the average time frame for beginning and ending such services, the types of settings in which competency restoration services are provided, and the outcomes of such services.
• Controlled Substance Diversion Prevention and Control Report May 2018
The Office of Behavioral Health produces an annual report summarizing the yearly data and activities for the controlled substance diversion prevention and control program. OBH rule defines diversion as the transfer of any controlled substance from a licit to an illicit channel of distribution or use. This could also be interpreted as taking a medication that is not prescribed. CDHS is required to make recommendations for improving control and prevention of controlled substance diversion and track the number of diversion instances across the state.
This report provides a brief overview on the costs and effectiveness of alcohol and drug abuse programs for the individuals who received substance use services, the actual cost of serving these individuals and the outcomes related to substance use treatment services.
• Colorado Drug Trends August 2019
• Colorado Drug Trends August 2018
The Office of Behavioral Health prepares a report annually that analyzes treatment admissions for OBH-licensed facilities. The report focuses on treatment admissions for alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription opioids.
Statewide Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Intensive Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment Provided through Managed Service Organizations Fiscal Year 2019 December 2018
Pursuant to 27-80-107.5(6)(c), C.R.S., this report evaluates whether the Medicaid behavioral health benefit should be expanded to include intensive residential treatment for substance use disorders. The report contains a literature review, key informant interviews, State data analysis, and recommendations.
This report provides a brief overview of the Gambling Addiction Program and how it supports individual applicants seeking national certification for gambling addiction counseling and organizations serving uninsured and underinsured clients. Services reimbursed by private insurance or Medicaid are not represented in this report.
• Policy Analysis of State Legislation and Response to the Opioid Crisis, Fiscal Year 2018 September 2017
This analysis outlines some of the types of opioid and other substance use disorder legislation that have been proposed and passed in other states, case studies in success, and Colorado’s progress.
The Office of Behavioral Health and the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention have released Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention: A Colorado Community Reference. The new online guide is intended to provide local communities, groups, and organizations engaging in efforts to prevent the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs with a compilation of resources, practices, and tools to enhance existing work or to develop new strategies and programs to address Colorado’s opioid crisis. June 2019
Senate Bill 16-202, passed in June 2016, requires the Managed Service Organizations and the Office of Behavioral Health to complete a set of reports highlighting the community need for substance use services and the action plan for addressing unmet needs.
View the Fiscal Year 19 expenditure report:SB202 Expenditures Report All MSOs FINAL FY19
View each region’s annual report on of how the funds in the expenditure report were spent:Signal Behavioral Health (Sub-State Planning Areas 1, 2 and 4)AspenPointe (Sub-State Planning Area 3)West Slope Casa (Sub-State Planning Areas 5 and 6)Mental Health Partners (Sub-State Planning Area 7)
• A Profile of the State of Colorado’s Plan to Enhance Substance Use Disorder Services May 2017
View each region’s community action plan:Signal Behavioral Health (Sub-State Planning Areas 1, 2 and 4)AspenPointe (Sub-State Planning Area 3)West Slope Casa (Sub-State Planning Areas 5 and 6)Mental Health Partners (Sub-State Planning Area 7)
View the Fiscal Year 17-18 expenditure report:FY1718 SB202 Supported Substance Use Disorder Programs Year-End Report
View the Needs Assessment summarizing the general needs and gaps related to specific populations, funding priorities, and promising practices for SUD services across the state and within the seven MSO regions.Bridging the Divide: Addressing Colorado's Substance Use Disorder Needs February 2017
• Needs Assessment for the SAMHSA State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant Report. July 2017
This needs assessment was prepared on behalf of the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) in the Colorado Department of Human Services (DHS) under the State Targeted Response (STR) to the Opioid Crisis grant program. The assessment identifies areas where opioid misuse and its harms are most prevalent, existing activities and funding sources that address the opioid crisis and gaps in the existing system to be addressed in the strategic plan.
Putting Prevention Science to Work: Statewide Strategic Plan for Primary Prevention of Substance Abuse, 2019-2024 December 2018
The Office of Behavioral Health undertook a needs assessment and planning process in 2017-18 that has produced this Statewide Strategic Plan for Primary Prevention. OBH retained the Colorado Health Institute to conduct the needs assessment and aid in the strategic planning process. The plan aims to strengthen the prevention system in place in Colorado by coordinating funders and the efforts they support. It outlines distinct, coordinated roles for prevention funders to play to best support and strengthen the system.
Making the Wise Investment Statewide Needs Assessment of Primary Prevention for Substance Abuse February 2018
The Office of Behavioral Health retained Colorado Health Institute (CHI) to conduct a statewide needs assessment of substance use primary prevention. The goal of the assessment is to help OBH and other statewide funders better use their resources to strengthen Colorado’s substance use prevention programming.
Colorado's Statewide Strategic Plan for Substance Use Disorder Recovery: 2020-2025 (August 2019)
In House Bill 18-1003, the General Assembly tasked the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to assess the state’s recovery needs and create a strategic plan to address them. This plan — funded through the Office of Behavioral Health and created in partnership with the state’s leaders in behavioral health and with hundreds of people in recovery — fulfills that mandate. It sets forth a vision of a system of care in Colorado that supports people who have struggled with addiction throughout their lives, and that vision will guide us as we focus on next steps to improve recovery resources for Coloradans.
• FY 2017-18 Supported Substance Use Disorder Programs Year-End Report (Completed by Managed Service Organizations per Senate Bill 202) September 2018
In accordance with 27-80-107.5(5)(a) C.R.S., designated managed service organizations must submit an annual report to the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health; the Joint Budget Committee; the Health and Human Services Committee in the Senate; and the Public Health Care and Human Services Committee of the House of Representatives regarding the amount and purpose of actual expenditures made using money from the marijuana tax cash fund in the previous state fiscal year.
• Annual SYNAR Report (Colorado, 42 U.S.C. 300x-26 OMB No 0930-0222, Federal Fiscal Year 2020. January 2020
• Annual SYNAR Report (Colorado, 42 U.S.C. 300x-26 OMB No 0930-0222, Federal Fiscal Year 2019. November 2018
• Annual SYNAR Report (Colorado), 42 U.S.C. 300x-26 OMB No 0930-0222, Federal Fiscal Year 2018. October 2017
42 U.S.C 300x-26 requires each state to submit an annual report of its progress in meeting requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services about the sale/distribution of tobacco products to individuals under age 18 as a provision federal Block Grant funding.
The Division of Child Welfare (DCW) publishes many reports throughout the year as required by statute, as well as to share data the public and our county and community partners.
On July 1, 2015, in accordance with the statutory responsibility established through 26-1-139, C.R.S., CDHS respectfully submitted the "2014 Child Maltreatment Fatality Report." Through feedback received from stakeholders as the report was used after its release, a number of changes were made to the report to ensure accuracy and clear interpretation of data contained in the report. CDHS recognizes the importance of the Child Maltreatment Fatality Report and regrets the need for changes to the report. We are committed to the accuracy of the data in the report, and felt it was important to note the changes.
Visit ColoradoCPO.org to browse Child Protection Ombudsman Reports.
The Colorado Statewide Youth Development Plan presents a vision for a strong youth development network and strategies for improving an array of youth-focused policies, practices and programs. As directed by HB 13-1239, the plan must be updated biennially.
In 2012, legislation in Colorado broadened the purview of the Child Fatality Review Team to those incidents caused by child maltreatment that are ‘near fatal’ and ‘egregious.’ Unlike fatal and near fatal incidents, which have relatively objective criteria, incidents of egregious abuse or neglect (egregious incidents) involve more subjectivity when differentiating at the high end of child maltreatment severity. The purpose of this document is to provide more detailed guidance for implementation of the egregious definition.
Click here to access the most recent version of “Defining Egregious Incidents of Child Maltreatment”.
The Domestic Violence Program Annual Reports provide comprehensive information on the delivery of services to Colorado citizens who have been victimized by domestic violence. These reports include the type of services victims received, how many clients received services, and the funding that is provided to ensure this service delivery. DVP provides funding for domestic violence crisis centers throughout Colorado.
The Office of Children, Youth and Families sends a monthly newsletter to child welfare professionals responsible for recruiting and retaining foster and adoptive parents. The newsletter includes information about training and funding opportunities as well as recruitment resources.
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Access the CDHS Memo Series, as well as archives of memos, Agency Letters and Dear Director Letters.
Below are the reports containing data for Administrative Reviews conducted between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018. Counties not appearing in the list did not have reviews during this time period. For any additional reports, please email Marc Mackert, Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Children, Youth and Families sends a monthly newsletter to adoptive, foster and kinship parents to share resources and to amplify their shared experiences raising children and teens who have experienced trauma, child abuse and neglect.
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Download the TGYS Annual Report
Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)
The Institute’s mission is to carry out practical, non-partisan research—at legislative direction—on issues of importance to Washington State.
The Washington Institute for Mental Illness Research and Training
A Literature Review & Resource Guide for Evidence-Based Best and Promising Mental Health Practices
The National Evaluation And Technical Assistance Center For The Education Of Children And Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, Or At Risk (NDTAC)
Serves as a national resource center to provide direct assistance to States, schools, communities, and parents seeking information on the education of children and youth who are considered neglected, delinquent, or at-risk.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service Publications
Established in 1972, NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA):
The mission of CADCA is to: Strengthen the Capacity of Community Coalitions to Create and Maintain Safe, Healthy and Drug-Free Communities.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
Colorado Meth Project
Colorado meth project is a large-scale prevention program aimed at significantly reducing first-time meth use through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach.
Center for Sex Offender Management
The Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM) is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that supports state and local jurisdictions in the effective management of sex offenders.
Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice
Colorado State Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB)
The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
ATSA is an international, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to preventing sexual abuse.
The Safer Society Foundation Inc.
Resources for the Prevention & Treatment of Sexual Abuse
Blueprints For Violence Prevention
The Blueprints mission is to identify truly outstanding violence and drug prevention programs that meet a high scientific standard of effectiveness.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The mission of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network is: to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.
Official Website for the State of Coloradohttp://www.colorado.gov/
Office Of Information Technology Serviceshttp://www.oit.state.co.us/
Colorado Integrated Criminal Justice Information System (CICJIS) http://www.colorado.gov/cicjis
Colorado Department of Correctionshttp://www.doc.state.co.us
Colorado District Attorneys Council (CDAC)http://www.cdacweb.com/
Colorado State Judicial Branchhttp://www.courts.state.co.us/
Colorado Department of Public Safetyhttp://cdpsweb.state.co.us/
Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI)http://cbi.state.co.us/
Colorado Juvenile Parole Boardhttps://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs-boards-committees-collaboration/juvenile-parole-board
Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, Office of Research and Statistics https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dcj-ors
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Preventionhttp://www.ojjdp.gov/
Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators www.cjca.net
The Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) is a national non-profit organization, formed in 1994 to improve local juvenile correctional services, programs and practices so the youths within the systems succeed when they return to the community and to provide national leadership and leadership development for the individuals responsible for the systems. CJCA represents the youth correctional CEOs in 50 states, Puerto Rico and major metropolitan counties.
Restorative Justice Colorado
The Colorado Restorative Justice Council advances restorative justice principles and practices throughout Colorado by providing a gateway to information, networking and support.
County Sheriffs Of Colorado
This is an association of County Sheriffs. This link will provide you with contact information of Sheriffs’ offices throughout Colorado. Each office has staff trained to work with victims of crime.
District And County Courts Of Colorado
This link will provide you with locations and contact information of all District and County Courts within Colorado.
Colorado Bureau Of Investigations convicted sex offender site
This site allows the public access to reference information on sex offenders who have been required to register through court order.
Division Of Criminal Justice, Office For Victim’s Programs
The Office for Victims Programs (OVP) has three primary functions: to administer federal and state grant programs, to ensure that victims of Victim Rights Act crimes are afforded their rights, and to monitor the twenty-two Local Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement (Local VALE) and Victim Compensation programs for compliance with state standards.
Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA)
This is statewide umbrella organization that provides access to victim advocacy, community
resources for victims. COVA deals with a number of victim related issues.
Cova Crime Services Directory
This resource is a statewide directory with contact information of a wide variety of criminal
justice organizations, as well as victim services agencies.
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault
The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA), works to eliminate sexual violence by providing education, training and prevention initiatives; influencing public policy; advocating for resources; and promoting offender accountability. CCASA reduces the impact of sexual violence by advocating that each and every survivor is treated with dignity and respect, and has full access to quality services.
The Colorado Coalition against Domestic Violence (CCADV)
CCADV is a diverse network of rural and urban advocates who work together through the coalition to coordinate services, exchange information and work on issues of common concern, thereby providing a unified, statewide environment that will nurture members’ local, community-based efforts to stop domestic violence.
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), is a federal law that became effective in 2003. PREA establishes a zero-tolerance standard against sexual abuse in adult prisons, jails, police lockups, private prisons, as well as juvenile youth centers and community confinement centers. The Act requires agencies to comply with national standards to eliminate sexual abuse. The standards include the prevention, detection and prosecution of any sexual abuse within juvenile youth centers. Learn more about Colorado's commitment to PREA compliance and youth services.
PREA standard 115.387 requires data be collected and aggregated on sexual assault, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment incidents for DYS and secure contract youth centers.
Individual Facility Reports
More PREA Resources
National PREA Resource Center
Juvenile PREA Standards
National Institute of Corrections