In spring 2013, the Offices of Early Childhood and Children, Youth, and Families received funding for the development of Community-based Child Abuse Prevention Services, or the Colorado Community Response (CCR) program. As part of a group of cornerstone prevention programs formed or expanded under Governor Hickenlooper’s “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy 2.0” initiative, families who have been referred to the child welfare system for alleged child maltreatment and whose referral was "screened out" and/or closed after initial assessment by local child protective services are eligible to voluntary enroll in the CCR program.
Vision: A powerful partnership with vulnerable families to proactively increase protective capacities and improve child safety in Colorado.
Mission: To provide a comprehensive, community-based service continuum for families at-risk for child maltreatment through a combination of case management, service linkages, and community supports.
· To enhance comprehensive, voluntary services for families reported to child welfare, but screened out or closed after initial assessment.
· To increase families’ protective capacities by promoting individual, family, & community strengths.
· To address the link between poverty and maltreatment by connecting families to vital economic and other services.
· To reduce re-referrals to child welfare related to escalation of risks.
· To prevent high financial costs associated with being “screened in” to the child welfare system.
Facts that Guide the Work:
In Colorado, approximately 55% of child welfare referrals are “screened out” following a report of abuse or neglect. Yet research shows that while a safety risk may not be currently present, families “screened out” are still at high risk for re-referral to the child welfare system and future incidences of child maltreatment. CCR is designed to increase the availability of community supports for these families, thereby preventing child maltreatment while promoting individual, family, and community strengths, building parenting skills, and providing access to vital economic, health, and other services. By engaging families in proactively alleviating stressors or other factors that could jeopardize child well-being, CCR fills a significant gap in the child maltreatment prevention continuum.
Initial Implementation Outcomes:
Between January and June 2014, 710 families were referred for comprehensive voluntary services from CCR programs across the state. 367 families (52%) accepted voluntary services, ranging in duration. Almost a quarter of families served (89) were further supported by one-time flexible funding.
Target Population, determined by each site, may include:
Families with a screened out child welfare referral.
Families with a closed initial assessment (HRA)
Families with a closed Family Assessment Response (FAR), without service plan.
All sites are required to identify a local county human/social services department as fiscal agent.
Sites can sub-contract with community-based organizations for direct service provision; or
Sites can utilize dedicated county workers to provide direct service provision.
While CCR workers will tailor their services to meet the needs of individual families, components of a successful Colorado Community Response program include:
· Outreach and Family engagement
· Case management, direct services and resource referrals
· Home visits (minimum of one)
· Collaborative goal-setting
· Financial decision-making assistance and coaching
· Social capital, group-based programs
· Flexible spending funds
Current Grantees for FFY15:
The Colorado Legislature approved a Budget Amendment to establish six pilot sites in year one; 12 pilot sites in year two, and 18 pilot sites in year three.
Throughout state fiscal year 2015, the Office of Early Childhood is funding twelve (12) sites, awarded over $1.7 Million to provide Colorado Community Response programming to residents of 21 Colorado counties.
Arapahoe County, in partnership with Douglas County and Tri-County Health Department, serving Arapahoe and Douglas counties;
Boulder County, in partnership with Sister Carmen Community Center and City of Longmont Children Youth and Services;
Eagle County, in partnership with Eagle County School District, serving Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin counties;
Larimer County, in partnership with The Matthews House;
Mesa County, in partnership with Hilltop Community Resources;
Montrose County, in partnership with Hilltop Community Resources;
Otero County, in partnership with Tri-County Family Care Center, serving Otero, Bent and Crowley counties;
Teller County, in partnership with Community Partnership Family Resource Center;
Saguache County, in partnership with La Llave Family Resource Center, serving Saguache, Alamosa, Costilla, Conejos, Mineral and Rio Grande counties;
Washington County, in partnership with Rural Communities Resource Center, Logan County DHS and Family Resource Center;
Weld County, in partnership with North Range Behavioral Health.
To view a map of the Colorado Community Response service areas across the state, click Here.
Overall Program Budget for FY15: $1,749,925.00 (awarded to sites for direct services)
*an additional $195,400.00 funding independent evaluation efforts.
News and Updates:
Colorado Community Response Expansion
The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood (OEC) have made the decision to extend existing contracts funded by the Colorado Children’s Trust Fund (CCTF), Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) program, and Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) program for one additional year (2015-2016). A number of factors have driven this decision including:
Commitment to solicit broad stakeholder engagement around the development of a statewide strategic child abuse prevention agenda that will inform the meaningful alignment of OEC investments. This strategic child abuse prevention agenda will be completed in 2015; and
Intent to utilize the Early Childhood Leadership Commission to advice OEC based upon priorities established through their leadership.
Patience is appreciated as OEC strives to identify the most efficient and effective investments that will best serve Colorado families in the coming years. The hope is that new solicitations for these programs will be released in January of 2016.
In addition, the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the planned expansion of the Colorado Community Response (CCR) program pilot is in the final stage of approval with the CDHS, Division of Contract Management. When it is released, notification will occur through email distribution lists, the OEC website and newsletter, the Colorado Human Services Directors Association Round Up e-newsletter, and the Colorado Counties Incorporated list serve.
Please note that County Departments of Human/Social Services do not need to register or activate their accounts in the Colorado Vendor Self Service [VSS] system. Procurement will provide a courtesy notification when the CCR RFP is posted, allowing interested vendors to view and respond to the solicitation.
For Additional Information Contact:
Contact: Teri Haymond, LCSW
Colorado Community Response Program Coordinator