Featured initiatives

As part of its work, CDHS includes a number of initiatives that affect everything we do across our offices, divisions and programs. Here are some of our most important initiatives.

Behavioral health reform

On April 8, 2019, Gov. Jared Polis directed CDHS to spearhead Colorado’s Behavioral Health Task Force. The mission of the task force was to evaluate and set the roadmap to improve the current behavioral health system in the state. This included developing Colorado’s “Behavioral Health Blueprint,” which the task force released after the completion of its work in September 2020.

Visit the Behavioral health reform page >>

CDHS strategic plan

On June 8, 2020, CDHS announced its new strategic plan, titled "Better Together." Based on feedback from thousands of survey responses and discussions with staff, stakeholders and partners, CDHS's strategic plan identified guiding principles and key initiatives that align with our new mission, vision and values. These provide the foundation of what we do, who we serve and who we are.

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Equity Action Plan

Following the social and racial protests that occurred in Colorado and across the U.S. in the spring and summer of 2020, CDHS announced that it is committed to using an equity lens and taking a comprehensive approach on issues of equity. To this end, we created an Equity Action Plan to guide our work on equity.

Visit the CDHS Equity Action Plan page to learn more and to download the plan >>

Two-generation approach

CDHS uses a two-generation approach to guide all of our services. The two-gen approach encourages our programs to serve children and their caregivers together, to put the entire family on a path to permanent economic security. It provides all family members with opportunities, together, to be successful.

Visit the Two-generation approach in Colorado page to learn how two-gen is used in several of our programs >>

Family Voice Council

What better way to improve Colorado's human services than to ask those Coloradans who have actually used the services? The Family Voice Council is made up of 20 members who have been involved with, or are currently engaging in, two CDHS services or programs. Council members come together regularly to learn, give input and ultimately affect positive systems change at CDHS.

Visit the Family Voice Council page to learn more and meet the council's members >>

Youth development plan

The Colorado Statewide Youth Development Plan presents a vision for a strong youth development network and strategies for improving an array of youth-focused policies, practices and programs. At the core of the vision and strategies is the incorporation of positive youth development principles into the services and programs for youth ages 9 to 25 in Colorado.

Visit the Colorado Statewide Youth Development Plan page >>

Legislative agenda

CDHS's Legislative Affairs office develops the agency's legislative agenda and coordinates relationships with the state legislative branch, community stakeholders and Colorado's counties. 

Visit the CDHS Legislative Affairs page to read about CDHS's legislative priorities and download legislative reports >>

Child welfare collaborations

Colorado's collaborations at the state and county levels are critical to providing services to children, youth and families involved in the child welfare system. The collaborations avoid splintering of efforts and increase local contribution to creating solutions for improving lives.

Visit the Child welfare collaborations page >>

Wildly Important Goals

As part of our annual performance plan, CDHS establishes Wildly Important Goals (WIGs) each state fiscal year. Executive leadership develops WIGs that will advance our strategic policy initiatives. Each WIG is designed to be measurable, responsive to change and transparent.

Visit the CDHS Wildly Important Goals page >>