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Bill Detail: SB20-162

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Title Changes Related To Federal Family First Policy
Status Governor Signed (07/02/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Children & Domestic Matters
  • Human Services
House Sponsors K. Ransom (R)
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Moreno (D)
B. Rankin (R)
House Committee Public Health Care and Human Services
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 02/10/2020
Description

The bill updates Colorado's statutory provisions related to foster
care prevention services and supports (prevention services) in the context
of the federal Family First Prevention Services Act, including:

  • Updating the definition of kin to ensure that kin are
eligible for prevention services;
  • Updating the definition of qualified individual to clarify
eligibility;
  • Clarifying the elements of reviews of qualified residential
treatment program placements (placements) to ensure that
the placement of children, juveniles, and youth are
reviewed initially by the court and not by the administrative
review division;
  • Updating language referring to children to include
juveniles and youth to ensure that delinquent youth are also
identified as a population that is eligible for prevention
services and meet the requirements for placements;
  • Adding information about prevention services and the
authority of county departments of human and social
services (county departments) to provide prevention
services, including developing a form to inform affected
parents and caregivers of their rights and remedies;
  • Requiring that when a youth is committed to the state
department of human services, the court shall make
additional findings to ensure the commitment is not the
result of a lack of available appropriate placements;
  • Adding requirements to a court to make specific findings
when it deviates from the assessor's recommendation of a
placement;
  • Setting a new requirement that residential child care
facilities must renew licenses annually; and
  • Requiring the existing delivery of child welfare services
task force to make recommendations on the reduction of
state reimbursements for certain out-of-home placements
on or before July 31, 2020, and instructing the state to
change reimbursement rates on or before January 1, 2021.

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