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Bill Detail: HB24-1031

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Title Accessibility for Persons in Child Welfare Matters
Status House Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations (01/30/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Children & Domestic Matters
House Sponsors B. Bradley (R)
J. Joseph (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House Committee Health and Human Services
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/10/2024
Summary

Colorado's Child Welfare System Interim Study Committee.
The bill requires that certain services provided to children or their
families comply with the provisions of Title VI of the federal Civil
Rights Act of 1964 if they are provided by a county department, city and
county, or a private-entity contractor. Furthermore, the bill requires that
the county department, city and county, or private-entity contractor make
reasonable efforts to ensure meaningful language access to services in the
person's primary language for a person with limited English proficiency
in a timely manner and without unreasonable delay.
The bill requires a court to provide language access, including
translation and interpretation services, to a child, parent, guardian,
custodian, or other party in a dependency and neglect case if the person
has limited English proficiency.
The bill requires that during a dispositional hearing concerning the
best interests of a child, reasonable efforts must be made to ensure
meaningful access to services in the person's primary language for a
person with limited English proficiency in a timely manner and without
unreasonable delay.
The bill requires the department of human services (department)
to develop and implement a language access plan to address the rights and
needs of persons with limited English proficiency. The department is also
required to develop a resource bank of common documents that are in
plain language, translated into non-English languages, and are made
accessible to counties, cities and counties, or private-entity contractors.

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