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Title Child Welfare System Tools
Status Sent to the Governor (05/17/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Human Services
House Sponsors M. Duran (D)
G. Evans (R)
Senate Sponsors B. Kirkmeyer (R)
C. Kolker (D)
House Committee Health and Human Services
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 01/10/2024

Colorado's Child Welfare System Interim Study Committee.
Current law requires mandatory reporters to include certain information
when reporting child abuse or neglect to the mandatory reporter's county
department, local law enforcement, or through the statewide child abuse
reporting hotline system (hotline system). The bill requires a mandatory
reporter to report any evidence of known or suspected domestic violence
in the child's home, including any evidence of previous cases of known
or suspected domestic violence in the child's home.
The bill requires the state department of human services (state
department) to develop and implement a consistent screening process for
a county department to follow, when possible, in responding to a report
or inquiry to the hotline system. The screening process must include
questions about domestic violence. The state department is required to
develop and implement a disclosure procedure that notifies callers to the
hotline system that calls are recorded.
The state department is also required to review the screening
process used by county departments and hotline system operators to:
  • Determine race; ethnicity; disability status; LGBTQ
identity, if applicable; and English proficiency in a
screening report and recommend a process for improving
the accuracy of determining the demographic information,
which must include opportunities to update the TRAILS
statewide case management system;
  • Understand the types of questions asked during the
screening process to determine demographic information;
  • Understand the sequence of questions asked during a
screening process to determine demographic information.
The state department shall recommend and implement a screening
process procedure to determine demographic information that reflects
best practices and cultural competencies.
No later than January 15, 2025, the office of the child protection
ombudsman (ombudsman) shall select a third-party evaluator to conduct
an audit on the Colorado family safety assessment and the Colorado
family risk assessment. The third-party evaluator shall create a report
summarizing the results of the audit. On or before March 1, 2026, the
ombudsman is required to submit the audit report to the house of
representatives public and behavioral health and human services
committee and the senate health and human services committee, or their
successor committees, the speaker of the house of representatives, the
minority leader of the house of representatives, the president of the
senate, and the minority leader of the senate.

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