Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Inter-departmental Collaboration on Prevention, Intervention and Treatment Programs for Children and Youth

On Nov. 22, 2011, the Interagency Prevention Systems Program held an annual meeting with leaders of eight state departments on the progress and recommendations of the Colorado Prevention Leadership Council (PLC) and the Colorado Collaborative Management Program (CMP) regarding inter-departmental collaboration on prevention, intervention and treatment programs for children and youth. The meeting was co-chaired by Chris Urbina, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Reggie Bicha, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Department leaders expressed their support for these action items:

Utilization of the common templates for children and youth request for proposals/applications across state department agencies that manage children and youth programs. The templates and guidelines are found at www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/PLC/PLC/1251581879561.

Advancing the joint effort of the PLC and CMP regarding children and youth information sharing to:

  • Define and identify elements of a “core record” for use across disciplines
  • Examine use case scenarios to understand data exchanges
  • Describe principles of informed consent, develop policy recommendations regarding informed consent, and draft informed consent templates.

Updating the interdepartmental memorandum of understanding for working jointly on common priorities and streamlining the operations of children and youth programs and services.

The Interagency Prevention Systems program works with the state partners to coordinate and streamline state processes, increase local community access to information and resources, and enhance the overall quality and accessibility of prevention, intervention and treatment services for children and youth in Colorado.

The Colorado Prevention Leadership Council is a collaborative group consisting of representatives from 10 state departments focused on coordinating and streamlining state-level processes in support of planning, implementation and evaluation of quality prevention, intervention and treatment services for children, youth and families at the state and local levels. For more details, visit www.colorado.gov/plc.

The Colorado Collaborative Management Program is operated on a voluntary basis at the county level for the purpose of integrating services for multi-system children, youth and families. Currently, 30 counties in Colorado participate in the Collaborative Management Program with partners from county departments of social services, county health departments, local judicial district(s), local school district(s), community mental health centers, behavioral health organizations, youth corrections, a managed service organization and a domestic abuse program. For more information go to http://collaboration.omni.org/sites/1451/SitePages/Home.aspx.

José Esquibel, Director
Interagency Prevention Systems Program
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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