Under existing law, the state department of human services (department) reimburses local governments and nongovernmental agencies that operate domestic abuse programs for providing services to victims of domestic violence. The bill renames "domestic abuse programs" as "domestic violence programs" and requires the department to reimburse a nongovernmental agency or a federally recognized Indian tribe that operates a domestic violence, sexual assault, or culturally specific program (program) that provides services to victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault (program services). The bill repeals the requirement that programs must request information from each client concerning the relationship of the client to the alleged perpetrator of the abuse.
The bill permits the department to enter into an agreement with a federally recognized state or tribal domestic violence or sexual assault coalition (coalition) for program services and other related services. A coalition shall provide training and technical assistance for programs and may participate in systems advocacy, develop and implement policies to improve the response to and prevention of domestic violence or sexual assault, and conduct statewide community outreach and public education related to domestic violence and sexual assault. A coalition may enter into an agreement for program services with a nongovernmental agency or federally recognized Indian tribe that operates a program.
The bill creates the state domestic violence and sexual assault services fund and transfers $6 million to the fund from the behavioral and mental health cash fund.
The bill creates the Colorado crime victim services fund (victim services fund) and requires the state treasurer to transfer $35 million to the fund from the economic recovery and relief cash fund. The division of criminal justice in the department of public safety makes grants from the victim services fund to government agencies and nonprofit organizations that provide services for crime victims.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)