Public Comment: New rules to serve homeless and runaway youth

October 14, 2020

The Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Welfare is proposing new rules to implement SB 20-106, located in Section 7.000, 7.100 and 7.700. 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 1, 2021.

The purpose of the proposed rule changes is to implement SB 20-106 and they include:

  • Definitions for “youth who are experiencing homelessness,” “youth who have run away,” and “youth who are unaccompanied,” and clarification in rule that child welfare services include those populations when there are abuse, neglect or youth in conflict issues.
  • Three additional questions to be asked when a youth is seeking shelter from a runaway and homeless youth (RHY) or host home provider and a referral is made to a county child welfare agency or the hotline.
  • The minimum consent process a RHY or host home provider must follow when a youth who is age 15-17 consents to shelter and services.
  • Updated notification requirements for RHY and host home providers.

Videoconferences are scheduled for:

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Friday, October 23, 2020 from 12 p.m.–1 pm..

Questions or comments regarding these proposed rules?

Trevor Williams


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