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Court Improvement Program

Court Improvement Program
CDHS’s collaboration with the Colorado Court Improvement Program (CIP) enhances interdisciplinary processes involving children, youth, and families involved in multiple systems. CIP was created as a result of the 1993 Family Preservation and Support Act. The Act required an original assessment on how Colorado handles its cases involving children, in particular dependency and neglect cases. 

The CIP is primarily concerned with improving the way the individual courts in Colorado handle dependency and neglect cases in order to improve the safety, permanency and well-being outcome for the children and families the court serves.

As a result of the CIP, several initiatives were created, they include:
The Family Justice Information System (FAMJIS), Colorado’s child welfare data exchange project. FAMJIS measures performance on specific items related to safety, timeliness, due process, and permanency, and is available to judicial officers and their staff.
CIP and the Child Welfare Training system collaborated to develop and provide on-going training delivery of the CIP Training Wheel Curricula. This training assists multi-disciplinary Best Practice Court Teams in building a foundation of core knowledge within each discipline or service area related to the outcomes of safety, permanency, and well-being.

CQI systems were implemented within Judicial and align efforts to improve permanency outcomes for children and youth. This work resulted in a Permanency Site Visit protocol and the training of stakeholders on CQI for the purpose of increasing permanency. 
Best Practice D&N Court Teams (BPCT) are convened to discuss lessons learned and share perspectives on the CQI process and tools for Permanency Site Visits.

CIP promotes the expansion and sustained utilization of CQI for permanency goals.  CIP obtained technical assistance from the Children’s Bureau to work with eight Colorado jurisdictions. The partnership includes Colorado CIP, CDHS, National Resource Center for Legal and Judicial Issues, Region 8 Administration of Children and Families, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the National Center for State Courts, facilitated by the federal Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Network. They have built logic models and conducted CQI training for all jurisdictions and BPCT convenings, and have applied the CQI process at each site. This work is ongoing.