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CDHS recognizes Jefferson County for outstanding performance

posted Feb 16, 2017, 2:31 PM by Nicole Grabowski - CDHS
DENVER (February 16, 2017) - The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has recognized the Jefferson County Department of Human Services for their performance in completing child welfare assessments.

Jefferson County has completed its child welfare assessments within 60 days 90 percent of the time for the last seven months. When a county receives a report that meets the criteria of child abuse or neglect, it completes a child welfare assessment to evaluate whether evidence of abuse or neglect exists. Completing assessments within 60 days ensures that child welfare caseworkers don’t unnecessarily linger in a family’s life, and keeps the child welfare data system up to date. 

“A C-Stat award recognizes the best of the best in Colorado when it comes to timeliness of assessment closure,” said Reggie Bicha, executive director of CDHS. “Everyone plays a role in keeping Colorado’s children safe. Thanks to the county’s efforts to improve timeliness of the assessment process, they can now act more quickly when children need help.”

Jefferson County is one of six counties statewide that are being recognized for superior performance in closing its child welfare assessments. Jefferson County is being recognized for both its current performance and its tremendous improvement in this measure. In January 2011, the county completed child welfare assessments within 60 days about 39 percent of the time. Statewide, county
performance on this measure has improved by about 40 percent since January 2011.
Nicole Grabowski - CDHS,
Feb 16, 2017, 2:31 PM