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Collaborative Management Program

Colorado’s commitment to improving social service delivery systems gave rise to the Collaborative Management Program (CMP) administered by the Division of Child Welfare. In 2004, the Colorado General Assembly passed House Bill 04-1451 to establish collaborative management programs at the county level that would improve outcomes for children, youth, and families involved with multiple agencies. 

The legislation calls for the development of local collaborative management structures and processes that bring together agencies and services for at-risk, high systems-use children, youth, and families. Partners in local Collaborative Management Programs 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. 

As defined in C.R.S. § 24-1.9-102 and 12 CCR 2509 Section 7.303.3, the Collaborative Management Program promotes the adoption of collaborative management structures at the county level to achieve a variety of goals including: 

  • Develop a more uniform system of collaborative management that includes the input, expertise, and active participation of parent advocacy or family advocacy organizations;
  • Reduce duplication and eliminate fragmentation; and increase quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of services delivered to children or families who would benefit from integrated multi-agency services;
  • Encourage cost sharing among service providers and cost-reduction for services; and
  • Achieve positive outcomes for children and families, particularly in the child welfare system in Colorado.

The Colorado Collaborative Management Program Handbook provides guidance for implementing the Collaborative Management Program at the county level. Visit the Child Welfare Filing Cabinet to download the Colorado Collaborative Management Program Handbook.

State Agency Partners

At the state level, the Collaborative Management Program has multiple state agency partners. The Department of Human Services, Division of Child Welfare is the lead administrative agency and other state partners include the Division of Youth Corrections and the Office of Behavioral Health (Department of Human Services), the Department of Public Health and Environment, the Office of the State Court Administrator (Colorado Judicial Branch), the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. Directors of these key partnering agencies meet yearly to discuss program progress and help to address program challenges related to state level infrastructure or policy.

Evaluation of Collaborative Management 

Demonstrating program effectiveness is an important goal of the Colorado Department of Human Services.

In 2009, the Colorado General Assembly approved the use of Collaborative Management Program funds to implement evaluation of the Collaborative Management Program. The implementation of the Collaborative Management Program has resulted in highly effective local interagency collaborations and the local Collaborative Management Programs are:

achieving the objective of ensuring “family voice and choice”

delivering integrated, high-quality services that reduce duplication and fragmentation

effectively blending/braiding funds, leveraging resources, and realizing cost efficiency.