The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) is required by key federal legislation addressing child abuse and neglect known as “CAPTA” to ensure that families with a newborn born affected by substance exposure have a “plan of safe care” that addresses both newborn and caregiver needs. Discharge of any infant exposed to substances, prescribed or illicit, should include careful planning and involvement of a multidisciplinary team.

Medical providers, child welfare professionals, and treatment providers are invited to this Plans of Safe Care Kickoff Event to learn more.

Please join representatives from Illuminate ColoradoColorado Hospital Substance Exposed Newborn Collaborative (CHoSEN), the CDHS Office of Behavior Health and the Division of Child Welfare for presentations on Colorado’s collaborative approach to engaging families with substance exposed newborns.

Discussions will focus on multidisciplinary outreach, coordination and partnership to support the implementation of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) provisions, and the Plans of Safe Care, a requirement of Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). 

Plans of Safe Care Kickoff Event
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
​9 AM to 3 PM

 Summit Conference & Event Center
411 Sable Blvd. 
Aurora, CO 80011

Lunch Provided
For more information contact Suzy Morris (303-866-4268 or

Areas of Focus at the event include:

  • Plans of Safe Care
  • Substance Exposed Newborn Work in Colorado
  • Colorado Hospital Substance Exposed Newborns Collaborative
  • Plans of Safe Care Pilot
  • Plans of Safe Care Rollout Plan
  • Impact of Child Welfare Practice
  • Special Connections Program for Pregnant Women
  • Toxicology Resource Guide
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