Time to hit the PAUSE BUTTON

Time to hit the PAUSE button on this Run Away train called the Adult Protective Services Registry, a Data System check of Abuse Neglect! It is headed to a derailment if the CAPS registry goes active per HB17-1284.


HB17-1284 had many NO votes**, and for good reasons. The CAPS registry is scheduled to go active on July 1, 2018:

1. There is No Due Process, a constitutional right under both the 5th and 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, that no one shall be "deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law."

2. The CAPS registry is essentially a Blacklist; Blacklists are illegal in Colorado State Statute.

3. Many in the IDD service world as well as doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, daycares and school systems are concerned that they may be in the CAPS system and not even know it, since the process is secretive and APS reports/records are not available for anyone to see, even the persons directly involved! 

4. Barrier to hiring: The 10 day delay in waiting on the CDHS registry CAPS review in hiring,  will be a barrier to good applicants. Many will take another job or not bother applying at all, if they need work immediately.

5. There are no checks and balance to ensure that the State oversight is sufficient on local county APS units.

6. The State should hit the PAUSE button and re-evaluate BEFORE the CAPS is set to go active on July 1, 2018. 

** Final vote on HB17-1284 had  25 no votes in the House on final versions, and 10 no votes in the Senate. Details here under VOTES https://leg.colorado.gov/content/hb17-1284vote78910b


What can YOU DO? You can help Hit the PAUSE button.

1. First off, if you or anyone you know gets APS involved in their lives, tell them to refuse interviews, LAWYER UP and always  have the  attorney present. Those who have gotten counsel have halted the process. Those who knew they had "nothing to hide" and cooperated, lost out in the end, with APS gaining guardianship. As one local civil rights attorney said: "APS and their actions are LAWLESS!"

2. Get involved in active work to PAUSE this APS Train! See options below, call in allows anonymity.

3. If you or someone you care for is involved with APS, contact me offline to share the situation. I will keep identities in confidence.


This Friday March 2, The State Board of CO Department of Human Services (CDHS) rule making body will  meet at 8:30am for a work session at 1575 Sherman Street Denver,  with a presentation about  Due Process for Child Welfare. APS is being inappropriately modeled after the very broken Child Welfare system, so this does affect APS.

At 10am the State Board has regular meeting, which does have an early general open public comment period for anything not on agenda. Agenda for March 2 and document at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1X2Iy0uWuc8b-RZSv81K6ZSQOOv41eXQB

For the 10am meeting, there is audio streaming: https://app.gotomeeting.com/?meetingId=758645967

Also mark your calendar for Friday April 6, 8:30 work session with APS presentation and 10am State board meeting. Denver CDHS location.


Participate: After extended concerns  at the February State Board meeting, Colorado Department of Human Services will be hosting the following three evening meetings during the month of March to continue the stakeholder engagement process related to the APS Program and proposed rule revisions to be considered by the State Board of Human Services.  

Come to one or all, in person, on webinar or call in on the phone.

Meeting 1:APS Program Overview Meeting    Thursday, March 8th, 5:30-7:30pm, CDHS, 1575 Sherman Street, Denver Conf Room 4A/B

Call in option:  1-302-202-1110 access code 171769  Link to register for the webinar:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5687295751834330626

Note: For those attending in person, please plan to arrive a few minutes early and bring a photo ID to sign in with the security guard to receive a guest badge. 

• Purpose:  Raise awareness of how the APS system operates, including the legal foundations, protection framework, roles and responsibilities of County Departments of Human Services and the State

• Format:  The APS leadership team will solicit questions, deliver an “APS 101” presentation, and engage in a dynamic question and answer session

• How you can help:  Send any questions you would like to have addressed to mindy.kemp@state.co.us

Meeting 2: APS Rule Packet 17-06-26-02 Review Meeting—Proposed changes related primarily to the addition of due process

Tuesday, March 13th, 5:30-7:30pm, CDHS, 1575 Sherman Street, Denver Conf Room 4A/B

Call in option:  1-302-202-1110 access code 171769  Link to register for the webinar:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2560135148858034690

Note: For those attending in person, please plan to arrive a few minutes early and bring a photo ID to sign in with the security guard and receive a guest badge.

• Purpose:  Gather feedback on Draft Rule Packet 17-06-26-02 in advance of the State Board of Human Services second reading planned for April 6th 

• Format:  We will review the portions of the rule packet that feature new language and deletions to existing APS rules, discuss the rationale and request specific feedback on the proposed changes from stakeholders

• How you can help:  Please read the draft rule packet and bring your feedback to the meeting. The most recent version of APS Rule Packet 17-06-26-02. This version is dated 2.21.18. 

Meeting 3: APS Rule Packet 17-06-26-03 Review Meeting —Proposed revisions to APS rules related primarily to the process for CAPS background checks

Wednesday, March 28th, 5:30-7:30pm, CDHS, 1575 Sherman Street, Denver Conf Room 4A/B

Call in option:  1-302-202-1110 access code 171769  Link to register for the webinar:    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/216150081276809986

Note: For those attending in person, please plan to arrive a few minutes early and bring a photo ID to sign in with the security guard and receive a guest badge.

• Purpose:  Gather stakeholder feedback on Draft Rule Packet 17-06-26-03 in advance of the State Board initial reading planned for May 4th 

• Format:  We will review the portions of the rule that feature proposed additions of language and deletions, discussing the rationale and requesting specific feedback from stakeholders

• How you can help:  Please read the draft rule packet and bring your feedback to the meeting. The Department is in the process of finalizing this draft rule packet and will post the document in the meeting notice on the CDHS Public Meetings Calendar for this meeting when it is finalized at:  https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs-boards-committees-collaboration

 

Meeting 1:APS Program Overview Meeting    Thursday, March 8th, 5:30-7:30pm, CDHS, 1575 Sherman Street, Denver Conf Room 4A/B

Call in option:  1-302-202-1110 access code 171769  Link to register for the webinar:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5687295751834330626

Note: For those attending in person, please plan to arrive a few minutes early and bring a photo ID to sign in with the security guard to receive a guest badge. 

• Purpose:  Raise awareness of how the APS system operates, including the legal foundations, protection framework, roles and responsibilities of County Departments of Human Services and the State

• Format:  The APS leadership team will solicit questions, deliver an “APS 101” presentation, and engage in a dynamic question and answer session

• How you can help:  Send any questions you would like to have addressed by email to mindy.kemp@state.co.us

Meeting 2: APS Rule Packet 17-06-26-02 Review Meeting—Proposed changes related primarily to the addition of due process

Tuesday, March 13th, 5:30-7:30pm, CDHS, 1575 Sherman Street, Denver Conf Room 4A/B

Call in option:  1-302-202-1110 access code 171769  Link to register for the webinar:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2560135148858034690

Note: For those attending in person, please plan to arrive a few minutes early and bring a photo ID to sign in with the security guard and receive a guest badge.

• Purpose:  Gather feedback on Draft Rule Packet 17-06-26-02 in advance of the State Board of Human Services second reading planned for April 6th 

• Format:  We will review the portions of the rule packet that feature new language and deletions to existing APS rules, discuss the rationale and request specific feedback on the proposed changes from stakeholders

• How you can help:  Please read the draft rule packet and bring your feedback to the meeting. The most recent version of APS Rule Packet 17-06-26-02. This version is dated 2.21.18. 

Meeting 3: APS Rule Packet 17-06-26-03 Review Meeting —Proposed revisions to APS rules related primarily to the process for CAPS background checks

Wednesday, March 28th, 5:30-7:30pm, CDHS, 1575 Sherman Street, Denver Conf Room 4A/B

Call in option:  1-302-202-1110 access code 171769  Link to register for the webinar:    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/216150081276809986

Note: For those attending in person, please plan to arrive a few minutes early and bring a photo ID to sign in with the security guard and receive a guest badge.

• Purpose:  Gather stakeholder feedback on Draft Rule Packet 17-06-26-03 in advance of the State Board initial reading planned for May 4th 

• Format:  We will review the portions of the rule that feature proposed additions of language and deletions, discussing the rationale and requesting specific feedback from stakeholders

• How you can help:  Please read the draft rule packet and bring your feedback to the meeting. The Department is in the process of finalizing this draft rule packet and will post the document in the meeting notice on the CDHS Public Meetings Calendar for this meeting when it is finalized at:  https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs-boards-committees-collaboration


Rule making for APS is now linked to the Aging and Adult SubPAC (Policy Advisory Committee), a critical meeting for our community. Call in option,  303.636-2017

10:45am Aging and Adult SubPAC Meeting

Thursday  March 8, 10:45am – 12:45pm

Arapahoe County DHS, 14980 E Alameda Dr, Aurora, CO 80012, USA 3rd floor

Agenda topics for this meeting will include:

Overview of the Role of the Governor's Senior Advisor on Aging

APS Task Group and APS Allocations Task Group Updates

Review of APS Rule Packet 17-06-26-03

Differential Response Discussion

 


APRIL/MAY: APS Task Group meetings

The agenda has the date, time, location and call in number and webinar registration link on top.  

April 12, 2018 - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

and May 16, 2018- 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

1575 Sherman St. 

8th Floor C-Stat Room

Denver, CO 80203

You can get to this information on the APS Task Group page with Agendas and documents, etc  at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs-boards-committees-collaboration/adult-protective-services-task-group