Feedback Opportunity - Trauma-informed care standards for QRTP programs

September 4, 2019

The Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health is proposing new standards pursuant to the Family First Prevention Services Act. We invite you to participate in the following opportunities to provide feedback via scheduled teleconferences. 

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

These rules are scheduled to be effective by January 2020. 

The purpose of the proposed set of standards is to come into alignment with the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), 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 FFPSA, 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) with a qualified and approved trauma-informed care model. The following standards are proposed: 

Create standards of care in and requirements for QRTPs to include:

  • Trauma-informed care principles 
  • Leadership towards organizational change 
  • Using data to inform practice 
  • Workforce development 
  • Use of seclusion and restraint reduction or trauma-informed tools Addressing a potential trauma-inducing event 
  • Child, youth, family, and peer roles 
  • Use of psychotropic medications 
  • Medical professional 

Teleconferences are scheduled for: 

  • Monday, September 16, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

Conference Line: 1-720-279-0026
Participant Passcode: 636741# 

Questions or comments regarding these proposed rules, contact: 
Division of Child Welfare Monitor Barry Schultz (

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