Eagle County Department of Human Services prevention programs
Eagle County Department of Human Services (ECDHS) prides itself on community partnerships to promote prevention programs. This collaboration includes task forces, non-profit organizations and the school district.
As part of the Collaborative Management Program (CMP), ECDHS formed an Interagency Oversight Group (IOG) that includes 16 community partner agencies. This group meets quarterly to discuss community prevention programs and projects that thrive with support from all participants. The ECIOG also promotes Individualized Service and Support Team (ISST) meetings. An ISST meeting provides families who are involved with multiple systems opportunities for problem-solving and alignment of service delivery. Instead of meeting separately with each system representative, families can work with all partners at the same time to collaborate on next steps for individualized plans catered to each family’s success.
In 2016, ECDHS transitioned from reporting suspected child abuse through local hotline number to calling the statewide Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline. To promote the proper practice of reporting through the statewide hotline, ECDHS is providing toolkits for public awareness. These toolkits include resource materials with upgraded look and feel, created as part of Colorado’s Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Campaign. Toolkits have been distributed throughout Eagle County to a majority of mandatory reporting agencies, including schools, child care centers, hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and houses of worship. Several offices have met with Human Services personnel during the deliveries to discuss proper reporting protocol. ECDHS has also updated operating agreements to create a streamlined system for cross-reporting during child abuse and neglect incidents.
Colorado Community Response (CCR) has flourished in Eagle County. CCR provides comprehensive, voluntary services for children, youth and families who are reported to Child Protective Services (CPS) but where the allegations did not meet the statutory definition of child abuse or neglect, or the families demonstrated sufficient protective factors after an initial assessment by a CPS caseworker. CCR is designed to deliver a community-based service continuum for families with high-risk factors through a combination of case management, service linkages, and community supports that focus on preventing further CPS involvement. Eagle County’s CCR program coordinates with all four divisions of Human Services to enhance the program’s and families’ success. Eagle County CCR Specialists have actively engaged a total of 181 families from March 2014 to March 2017.
Eagle County continues to be committed building safe, stable and hopeful futures.