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Family First Prevention Services Act Implementation Team

The purpose of the Family First Prevention Act (Family First) Implementation Team is to implement the "Colorado Family First Prevention Services Act: A Road Map to the Future," created by the Family First Prevention Services Act Advisory Committee. The Family First Implementation Team is responsible to develop, deploy and monitor a plan to implement the specific defined topic area recommendations and activities within the Road Map. Objectives and outcomes include:

  • Ensuring Colorado Family First vision/values are being upheld
  • Defining/prioritizing areas of focus
  • Identifying and recruiting needed people for participation in implementation workgroups
  • Assuring an evaluation component accompanies implementation
  • Monitoring and reporting on implementation progress (use of data)
  • Developing and implementing a communication and education plan
  • Communicating and coordinating with ColoradoDepartment of Human Services, Advisory Committee and The Delivery of Child Welfare Services Task Force
Meetings

Members
Name Title/Role
Al Estrada Associate Director, Division of Youth Services
Alison Young Family Law Program Manager-State Court Administrator's Office
Andrew Gabor Director of Child and Adolescent Services-State - OBH
Angela Lytle Deputy Director, Child and Adult Protection Services-Arapahoe County Human Services
Ashley Chase Legislative Liaison Office of Child Representative
Barb Weinstein Director, Division of Children, Youth, Families and Adult Protection, Jefferson County Human Services.
Dan Makelky Director-Douglas County Human Services
Dennis Desparrois Placement Services Unit Manager-State - DCW
Rebecca Durbahn VP of Admissions and Campus Programs-Tennyson Center Representative
Elysia Clemens Deputy Director, Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab, University of Denver
Gail Engel Executive Director-Grand Family Coalition
Gretchen Russo Juvenile &, Legislative Administrator-State - OCYF
Heather O'Hayre Director of Human and Economic Health Services, Larimer County
Heather Walker CW Director-Weld County Human Services
Janeen McGee Director-Lake County Human Services
Janis L. James Director Children &, Family Services-Adams County Human Services
Judy Rodriguez Child Welfare Manager-Larimer County Human Services
Julia Dawson Client Service Coordinator - State - CDHS
Justine Miracle Development Specialist, Health Care and Public Financing - HCPF
Kate Jankovsky Child Fatality Prevention System Manager-State - CDPHE
Kari Daggett Deputy Director Division of Child Welfare - DCW
Kelly Sawka Finance Manager-State - CDHS
Kendra Dunn Strengthening Families Director State - OEC
Kit Thompson Family &, Children Services Division Director-Boulder County Housing and Human Services
Lucille Echohawk Executive Director-Denver Indian Family Resource Center
Makita Cotto Child advocate
Megan Kauffmann Performance Analyst, Office of Children, Youth and Families - OCYF
Sherry Hansen Protective Services Administrator-Elbert County Human Services
Suzette Keating Child Welfare Program Administrator-Pueblo County Human Services
Tiffany Perrin ZOMA Fellow, Tennyson Center
Toni Miner Family Support Partner, Jefferson County
Tracey Garchar Executive Director-Mesa County Human Services
Agendas and Minutes

Resources

Implementation Team Workgroups

Assessment

The CO FFPSA Implementation team has launched the Assessment workgroup to define the assessment protocol as it relates to QRTP.

QRTP

The CO FFPSA Implementation team has launched the QRTP workgroup to develop recommendations on how to implement the FFPSA requirements for QRTP, integrating efforts of workgroups on the Trauma-Informed Model, Assessment Tool and Child/Family plans to ensure consistent roll out.

Child and Family Plan

The CO FFPSA Implementation team has launched the Child and Family Plan workgroup to ensure child and family plans meet FFPSA expectations and guidelines and to assess the feasibility of integrating these FFPSA plans into any other existing plans.

Services Continuum

The CO FFPSA Implementation team has launched the Services Continuum workgroup to ensure FFPSA requirements are met to enable access to IV-E funding for placement prevention services and to define/identify a service continuum of care from prevention, early intervention, stabilization, permanency, reunification, and re-entry.

Communication

The CO Family First Implementation Team has launched the Communication workgroup to develop, implement and monitor a communication plan that provides current, consistent and accessible information and resources to all Family First stakeholders.

Juvenile Justice

Fiscal