Application for a program to be included in Colorado's Family First Prevention Services Plan

November 8, 2019

The Colorado Department of Human Services is accepting applications for programs to be considered as part of Colorado's Family First Prevention and Services Act Prevention Plan. This application is the single entry point for communicating requests to the Family First Service Continuum Working Group to include a program in the Prevention Plan.

Applications should include:

  • A description of the program, links to books or manuals describing it, and supports that may be available to implement with fidelity. 
  • Information on where and by whom the intervention is currently being used in Colorado.  
  • A description of how the program is currently funded. 
  • Evaluation reports or research studies and what they found. 
  • Contact information for the working group to request more information, if needed. 

Please plan to submit as much of the above information as possible. The information submitted will be used to complete a rubric to prioritize programs for potential inclusion in the service array.

Submit a program


Frequently Asked Questions

What happens now? 

When the Family First Implementation Team receives a request to include a program or service in the Prevention Plan, the Service Continuum Working Group and research partners will then use a rubric to prioritize conducting evidence reviews and/or submitting the program or service directly to the Clearinghouse. Efforts will also be made to learn if another jurisdiction is already engaging in an evidence review of that program or service to avoid duplication of efforts. 

What can I expect? 

  • A confirmation email indicating your submission was received. 
  • The Service Continuum Working Group and research partners at the Colorado Lab will review the information you submitted and complete the rubric linked here. 
  • Decision and rubric ratings:  
    • Colorado Track for Evidence Review
    • Other State Track for Evidence Review
      • Another state is already taking the lead on conducting an evidence review
    • Federal Track for Evidence Review 
      • Colorado cannot prioritize conducting an evidence review at this time, but the Service Continuum Working Group may request that program be reviewed by the federal Clearinghouse when there is an open call. This means that while the initial review of the research suggested that it may be feasible to qualify the program, the value of the program to the service array was not rated as high as other programs [read more here].
    • Evidence Building Track 
      • The initial review suggested that building more evidence for the program is needed before it is feasible to qualify for reimbursement under Family First.

What about Future Submissions to the Federal Clearinghouse?

The Clearinghouse is anticipated to periodically have open calls for recommendations of programs and services that should undergo a systematic review. Current guidance suggests these calls occur annually, at a minimum. While individuals may submit directly to the Clearinghouse, application materials submitted here will be used by the Colorado Family First Implementation Team to prioritize programs or services submitted by the state. 

How Could We Approach Building the Evidence? 

In November 2018, the Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) and the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) adopted an evidence-based policy continuum as the foundation for budget recommendations and decision-making. Research partners will provide programs with an initial assessment—based on reports and research submitted—as to where the program currently falls on the continuum. The Family First Clearinghouse standards are level 5. Programs are typically best served by taking a step-by-step approach to moving up the continuum.

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