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Workforce development includes enriching the work environment through education, staff recognition, and skills training in best practices and supervision, and is recognized as a critical component of the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH). Visit the Behavioral Health Workforce Development page to learn more.
If you have recently been appointed or re-appointed to serve on any CDHS board or commission, you need to complete the required training. Please download the training presentation and then complete the brief quiz.
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The state of Colorado Departments of Human Services, Health Care Policy and Financing, and the Governor’s Office of Information Technology are responsible for ensuring that comprehensive training is provided for staff, including contract staff, getting access to and/or updating the CBMS Production Environment.
Visit the Health Care and Economic Security Staff Development Center at https://traincolorado.com to access CBMS training and resources.
The CDHS Child Welfare Training System provides strength-based, family-centered, competency-based training programs for child welfare professionals and para-professionals by delivering specialized courses for caseworkers, supervisors, case services aides, foster parents, and other child and family serving personnel.
Research has shown that toxic stress, including abuse and/or neglect that occurs when a child is young, can have negative impacts on brain/cognitive development, attachment and academic achievement. While a young child's development may be more susceptible to toxic stress, early intervention during this critical period can be most effective in mitigating the detrimental effects of that stress. It is known that the provision of early services and intervention to support the healthy development of young children can have positive effects that last throughout childhood and into adulthood (Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, 2010).
Developmental screening can be an effective way to identify developmental concerns early in a child’s life and connect the child and family to services. Click to learn more.
Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 requires county departments of human or social services (child welfare agencies) to promote and work towards school stability for children and youth in foster care, in collaboration with schools and school districts. The law stresses the importance of remaining in the same school unless it is not in the best interests of the child or youth. This video was funded by the Administration for Children and Families as part of Colorado’s Education in Foster Care Demonstration Grant. This video highlights how child welfare agencies and schools/school districts can engage in a collaborative process to make the best interest determination, who should be involved in the decision-making, and factors to consider.
Through the Child Welfare Training System, the Foster, Kin and Adoptive Family Training Website offers training, classes and resources for kinship caregivers and foster and adoptive parents. Training is available to help these dedicated adults meet certification requirements, understand the child welfare system and to enhance their parenting skills.
The Colorado Online Mandatory Reporter training is for individuals who are required by law to make reports of child abuse and/or neglect.
The training is designed to be flexible, so the amount of time it takes you to complete it may vary. Please count on spending approximately two hours. Access the Colorado Online Mandatory Reporter Training at CO4KIDS.org.
Below are educational and training resources to guide you through Food Distribution, USDA Holds and Recalls, and WBSCM information.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is the nutrition education and obesity prevention arm of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps). SNAP-Ed uses evidence-based, comprehensive approaches to improve the likelihood that low-income families want and are able to make healthier food and physical activity choices, consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.gov, on a limited budget. It provides education, social marketing campaigns, and environmental support for healthy eating behaviors and physical activity in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 3 territories. SNAP-Ed helps assure that the investment in SNAP pays off.
Visit the SNAP-Ed page to learn more about this program.
SAMHSA offers several educational publications on women’s gender-specific substance use treatment:
Books on the subject include: