Contact Person: Ida Drury, MSW
Contact Address: CAPTA/CJA Administrator, Division of Child Welfare, Colorado Dept. of Human Services, 1575 Sherman Street, 2nd Floor, Denver, CO 80203
Contact Phone: (303)-866-5937
Founded In: June 1999
Funding: CAPTA/ CJA
2007-2008 Colorado Child Abuse Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA):
Citizen Review Panels
1. Colorado’s Children’s Justice Task Force
2. Institutional Abuse and Neglect Review Team
3. Pueblo County Children Protection Team
The Colorado Department of Human Services has designated the above three teams as the State’s three Citizen Review Panels in order to meet the CAPTA requirement of June 20, 1999. Federal Statute authorizes the Children’s Justice Task Force. Both the CDHS Institutional Abuse Team and the Pueblo County Child Protection Team are authorized by CDHS–Child Welfare Code of Colorado Regulations and Colorado Revised Statutes.
The Colorado’s Children’s Justice Task Force (CJTF) is comprised of individuals who represent agencies and professionals involved in children’s issues as required by CAPTA. The task force is a requirement of the Children’s Justice Act (CJA) which provides grants to States to improve the investigations, prosecutions and judicial handling of cases of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation, in a manner that limits additional trauma to the child victim. This also includes child fatality cases in which child abuse or neglect is suspected and specific cases of children with disabilities and serious health problems who are victims of abuse and neglect.
At the quarterly meetings, the CJTF panel provides ongoing input and oversight to Colorado’s progress on the Child and Family Services Review, Performance Improvement Plan, interagency collaboration, child fatalities, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, substance abuse and coordination and collaboration with agencies and professionals with CPS investigations. This past year members have received the CDHS-CW Child and Family Services Review Newsletters with regular updates and progress toward reaching the goals.
This task force has continued to actively review the current practices and statutes regarding the judicial and administrative handling of the investigation of child abuse, child fatalities as well as proposed legislative changes and model programs.
The Institutional Abuse Review Team (IART) meets monthly to review reports of investigations of abuse and neglect in 24 hour out of home childcare settings. These referral/assessments are completed by the counties and submitted for review. The team reviews cases of alleged incidents of abuse and neglect, including child fatalities and near fatalities. Investigations are completed on children in Department licensed and certified out-of-home care settings such as foster care and kinship homes, Residential Child Care Facilities, Child Placement Agency Foster or Group Homes, as well as the Division of Youth Corrections’ Juvenile Facilities and Colorado Division of Mental Health Institutions. The Team is made up of individuals who are representative of the community at large as well as those who possess expertise in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect and it reviews an average of 50-55 cases per month. The Team reviewed 642 reports from January to December 2007.
This Team was specifically designated to focus on the extent to which the child protective service system is coordinated with the foster care and the adoption programs. Institutional Abuse Review Team members review each referral/assessment and make recommendations regarding follow-up. These recommendations are sent to all involved state and county agencies. The State has provided assistance to the panel with training and administrative support.
The Pueblo County Child Protection Team meets weekly to review investigated reports of all cases of child abuse (physical and sexual), fatal child abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, abandonment and institutional abuse incidents made to the Pueblo County Department of Social Services. Recommendations are made addressing the investigation and the proposed treatment plan. The designated citizen review panel evaluates as per statute the timeliness and appropriate response of the Department plus also functions as both a review and resource panel. Guidance and suggestions are provided to the reporting Intake or Ongoing worker by the members of the team made up of medical, mental health, educational, law enforcement and legal experts. The Pueblo County Child Protection Team reviews approximately 15-20 cases per week.