Feedback Opportunity - Rules Regulating Residential Child Care Facilities

September 6, 2019

The Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Welfare is proposing revisions to the Rules Regulating Child Care Facilities, located in Section 7.705. We invite you to participate in the following opportunities to provide feedback via scheduled teleconferences. 

Download a draft of the proposed rules prior to the teleconferences.

These rules are scheduled to be effective by February 2020.

The purpose of the proposed rule changes is to clarify, streamline, and add rules to address statute and policy requirements and to come into alignment with the Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First), signed into law as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act on February 9, 2018, and with C.R.S. 26-6-102(30.5). Under Family First, Title IV-E foster care maintenance payments will be available to children and youth in residential child care facilities for only 14 days unless they are placed in a Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP). The following changes are proposed:

  • Revise multiple sections of the rules to include language for the care of infants and toddlers in the facility.
  • Add language to ensure sufficient financial resources are available to care for children.
  • Add language addressing when a facility continues to employ an individual founded for abuse or neglect.
  • Revise rules for direct care staff qualifications.
  • Revise rules pertaining to Medicaid reimbursement for mental health services.
  • Revise language regarding supervision of youth at the facility.
  • Revise existing rules to clarify duties of a case manager.
  • Revise language regarding shelter care facilities as a service provided. 
  • Create rules for “Therapeutic Wilderness Program Services.”
  • Create rules for the standards of care in and requirements for Qualified Residential Treatment Program(s) to include:
    • Accreditation
    • Trauma-Informed Treatment Model         
    • Quality Improvement Plan
    • Professional Staff
    • Family Engagement
    • Initial Assessment and Stabilization
    • Individual Child and Family Plan
    • Discharge and Aftercare Support

Teleconferences are scheduled: 

  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019, from 1-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019, from 9-11a.m.
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019, from 9-11a.m.

Conference Line: 1-877-820-7831 
Participant Passcode: 636741# 

Questions or comments regarding these proposed rules, contact: 
Amy Hixson, Division of Child Welfare Licensing Manager, at amy.hixson@state.co.us

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