Powers and duties of the board
(1)The board has the following powers and duties:
(a)To advise and make recommendations to the governor, state agencies, and other relevant entities concerning the implementation of and future revisions to any state plan developed to prevent child maltreatment;
(b)To develop strategies and monitor efforts to achieve:
(I)Increases in child well-being and achievement;
(II)Increases in caregiver well-being and achievement;
(III)Increases in consistent high-quality caregiving;
(IV)Increases in safe, supportive neighborhoods and communities; and
(V)Decreases in the incidence of child maltreatment and child maltreatment fatalities;
(c)To assist public and private agencies in coordinating efforts on behalf of families, including securing funding and additional investments for services and programs, and improving access to these services for children and their families;
(d)To provide for the coordination and exchange of information concerning the establishment and maintenance of primary and secondary prevention programs and to facilitate the exchange of information between groups concerned with child maltreatment;
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(I)To identify opportunities for, and barriers to, the alignment of standards, rules, policies, and procedures across programs and agencies that support families. The board shall submit recommendations developed pursuant to this subsection (1)(e)(I) to the department, which shall then include such recommendations as part of its presentation to its committee of reference at a hearing held pursuant to section 2-7-203 (2)(a) of the “State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act” in January 2022.
(II)The board shall also provide ongoing recommendations on changes to enhance the alignment and provision of services and supports for families to prevent child trauma and maltreatment to appropriate government and nonprofit agencies and policy boards.
(f)To collaborate with other relevant boards, commissions, and councils that exist within the executive branch to address services and supports for families;
(g)To promote academic research on the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of child maltreatment prevention initiatives;
(h)To distribute money and make grant awards from the Colorado child abuse prevention trust fund, created in section 26.5-3-206, in accordance with section 26.5-3-207 and for:
(I)The establishment, promotion, and maintenance of primary and secondary child maltreatment prevention programs, including pilot programs or services identified in the federal Title IV-E prevention services clearinghouse and programs that are under evaluation for purposes of petitioning the federal government for inclusion in the federal Title IV-E prevention services clearinghouse;
(II)Programs to prevent child sexual abuse;
(III)Programs to reduce the occurrence of prenatal substance exposure;
(IV)Programs to reduce the occurrence of other adverse childhood experiences;
(V)Programs to reduce poverty or help families get out of poverty;
(VI)Programs to create housing stability; and
(VII)Operational expenses of the board, including allowable expenses pursuant to section 26.5-3-204 (5);
(i)To monitor and promote the interaction and seamless partnership between the office within the department of human services that is responsible for children, youth, and families and the department in administering family strengthening programs;
(j)To accept grants from the federal government, as well as to seek, accept, and expend contributions, grants, gifts, bequests, and donations from individuals, private organizations, and foundations; and
(k)To exercise or perform any other powers or duties consistent with the purposes for which the board was created and that are reasonably necessary for the fulfillment of the board’s responsibilities as set forth in this section.
Section 26.5-3-205 — Powers and duties of the board,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-26.5.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).