State officials present Moffat County Department of Human Services with state award |

State officials present Moffat County Department of Human Services with state award

Members of the Moffat County Department of Human Services Child Welfare team stand with county commissioners and state officials during a celebration of their outstanding performance in initial response to urgent reports of child abuse and neglect.
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CRAIG — Cupcakes and congratulations were on offer when state and local officials met Thursday to recognize Moffat County Department of Human Services’ Child Welfare team for exemplary service.

The team received Moffat County’s first C-Stat award for performance on the timeliness of immediate initial response to abuse/neglect assessments.

“The Moffat County Department of Human Services has never been given an award by the state for their performance before. It validates the hard work that has occurred since new leadership and a new child welfare team has come on board,” said County Department of Human Resources Director Dollie Rose during an interview about the award in the fall.

C-Stat awards are given by the state of Colorado to celebrate and distinguish top performers for consistent, significant improvement in performance demonstrated by a Colorado county or an office, division or facility across Colorado DHS and its partners.

Child welfare achieved 100 percent rating for responding within eight hours to immediate reports of child abuse and/or neglect in at least 90 percent of reported cases.

“These are the kids left on the playground, who have parents that were arrested or reports of serious injury on them,” said Colorado Department of Human Services Executive Director Reggie Bicha. “If we screen it as immediate, were we actually getting out there? And, in Moffat County, you were.”

Team members received framed certificates and cupcakes from Bicha and Minna Castillo Cohen, director of the Office of Children, Youth and Families.

Rose received a plaque signed by both Bicha and Gov. John Hickenlooper “with an added charge to keep it up and take it to the next level,” Bicha said.