The Division of Community Programs (DCP) works to create and elevate a community of practice around the work of the community-facing units within the Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF). These units include the Colorado Sexual Health Initiative, Domestic Violence Program, Juvenile Parole Board, Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program and Collaborative Management Program.
DCP develops and maintains effective working relationships between OCYF and OCYF grantees, Tribes, county departments of human/social services, and other partner organizations and their activities related to community outreach, technical assistance, grant distribution, contracts and budgeting, board and commission recruitment, and incorporation of family/youth voice in policy making. DCP strives to implement, serve and nurture partnerships and family/youth engagement through our community-facing funding and programming.
Colorado Sexual Health Initiative
The Colorado Sexual Health Initiative (CoSHI) is funded by a Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) grant. CoSHI provides youth with age-appropriate, medically accurate and evidence-based strategies that are proven to help reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). CDHS funds other agencies so they can bring comprehensive sexual health education and programming to young people in Colorado along with trainings for trusted adults who would like to increase their skills in answering questions about sensitive topics.
Domestic Violence Program
Colorado's Domestic Violence Program (DVP) contracts about $3 million to community-based domestic violence advocacy programs (programs) that intervene, prevent and respond to domestic violence. The mission of DVP is to partner with communities to promote the safety and well-being of domestic violence survivors and prevent domestic violence through good stewardship of funding resources and the advancement of quality programming. The vision of DVP is to promote and sustain a culture free of domestic violence for all Coloradans.
Juvenile Parole Board
The mission of the Colorado Juvenile Parole Board (JPB) is to promote public safety by using statutory criteria in the best interest of the juvenile and victim when reintegrating the juvenile into the community. The board is comprised of nine members who are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate for a four-year term. The board has four representatives from agencies that include the Department of Education, Human Services, Labor and Employment, and Public Safety, and five public members not employed by the state, one from the Western Slope. The full board meets once a month.
Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program
The Tony Grampsas Youth Services (TGYS) Program is a statutory program providing funding to local organizations for prevention and intervention programs for children, youth and their families designed to prevent youth crime and violence, youth alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, child abuse and neglect, and school dropout. Funds for the 2020-21 State Fiscal Year are allocated to TGYS from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, the State of Colorado General Fund and the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund. TGYS is overseen by a 13-member board appointed by the governor.
Collaborative Management Program
Colorado's commitment to improving social service delivery systems gave rise to the Collaborative Management Program, which is administered by the Division of Community Programs. Partners include county departments of human/social services, local judicial districts, health departments, school districts, community mental health centers and behavioral health organizations, parent or family advocacy groups and community agencies.