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Home Administration Court Services Family Law Programs Colorado's Dependency and Neglect System Reform Program (DANSR)
Home Administration Court Services Family Law Programs Colorado's Dependency and Neglect System Reform Program (DANSR)
Colorado's Dependency and Neglect System Reform Program (DANSR)
Breaking Barriers. Using Best Practices to Do What Works for All Colorado Families.

                  

 

Summary

Dependency & Neglect System Reform (DANSR) is a federally funded cross systems collaboration  that was created in October 2014 between The Colorado Judicial Branch, Colorado Department of Human Services (Division of Child Welfare and Office of Behavioral Health) , Colorado Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel, and the Colorado Office of the Child’s Representative.

DANSR was established to increase the collective capacity of Colorado’s D&N system to support and improve outcomes for families affected by substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders through infusing research based family drug court principles into court, child welfare and treatment systems.

The DANSR Approach to systems reform is based on the extensive research findings that show Family Treatment Drug Court (FTDC) programs yield more positive outcomes for families. The hypothesis is that when unbundled from a FTDC, certain key elements show promise for improving outcomes in non-FTDC cases. The DANSR approach and principles incorporate several key elements of FTDC that have been proven to generate better outcomes in dependency and neglect cases involving substance use disorders.  FTDC research shows: (1) parents are more likely to attend and complete drug and alcohol treatment; (2) 90% of children stay with their families (3) 91% percent of children are reunited with their families and (4) 98% of children were not maltreated within six months of case closure. 

DANSR relies on cross system collaboration to support system reform for Colorado’s Judicial Department, CDHS-Division of Child Welfare, CDHS-Office of Behavioral Health, and local DANSR Steering Committees consisting of court, legal, child welfare, and treatment professionals.  DANSR is supported by a nationally-recognized substance abuse and child welfare research agency, Children and Family Futures (CFF). 

Vision: The DANSR vision is that each system changes to meet the needs of children and families. 

Mission: The DANSR mission is to improve outcomes for children and families in all dependency and neglect cases with substance use or co-occurring mental health disorders through system reform.

Values: *Child and family centered practice  *Trauma informed practice  *Empowered and engaged local communities  *State and local cross system collaborative partnerships  *Services matched to client need  *Accountability and follow through by professionals and participants  *Appropriate level of judicial intervention  *Quality representation and advocacy  *Delivery of effective services for families  *Courage to innovate and change

 

DANSR Desired Outcomes & Objectives

Increase permanency *Increase permanency and decrease time to permanency for children. *Increase family reunification and decrease time to reunification. *Decrease time children are in out of home care. *Decrease re-entry into out of home care for children.

Increase safety and reduce recidivism *Increase long term safety for families.  *Decrease repeat maltreatment and re-entry into out-of-home care or the system. *Maintain child safety. *Maintain parental sobriety and management of substance use disorder, co-occurring mental health disorder, and/or trauma.

Support recovery *Support substance use and mental health disorder recovery through timely access to treatment *Ensure parents are placed in the appropriate treatment level of care. *Increase treatment completion and success.

Support judicial responsivity *Determine and deliver the appropriate level of court supervision.

 

DANSR Principles

The DANSR approach is guided by six principles. Each county/jurisdiction will infuse the DANSR principles into their systems that manage dependency and neglect cases with substance use or co-occurring mental health disorders.

Principles:

  1. Provide universal screening for substance use disorders, mental health disorders, and trauma.
  2. Shorten the timeframe between screening and assessment for substance use disorders, mental health disorders, and trauma.
  3. Use multi-disciplinary team staffing to enhance communication and collaboration and to integrate treatment information into the management of the case.
  4. Provide timely judicial support and oversight to make the court’s case management responsive to treatment needs and permanency.
  5. Enhance data collection and information sharing across the court, child welfare, and treatment.
  6. State and local teams coordinate strategy at the systems-level and participate in collaborative training.

DANSR Implementation Sites:  Jefferson, Denver, Huerfano, Clear Creek, Garfield, Pueblo, Fremont, Prowers, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Baca, Broomfield, Arapahoe, Boulder, Montezuma


Documents & Announcements 

DANSR Implementation Guide, for the Appendix Documents please email Jenna.Quigley@judicial.state.co.us 

DANSR Information Graphics 

New Site Application 

Subaward applications are due January 12th!  

Subaward Funding Process

Subaward Funding Instructions

Subaward Funding Application 

 

Restricted Access for Pilots

Please contact jenna.quigley@judicial.state.co.us for more information.

 

 

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