Program Spotlight: ECHO for Child Abuse and Neglect

In partnership with ECHO Colorado, Kempe is building innovative programs in the childmaltreatment space that connect the best and brightest minds in the field with healthcareproviders and their peers to share knowledge and experience for identifying and addressing child maltreatment in groundbreaking new ways. See the program update here.

 

Program Spotlight: Fostering Health Futures for Teens

Building upon the success of the original Fostering Healthy Futures® program for preteens, the Kempe Center and the University of Denver collaborated to adapt the program for teens. Fostering Healthy Futures for Teens works with our community’s most vulnerable youth as they transition to high school. See the program update here.

A Message from Reggie Bicha, CDHS

Last month at our signature event, Imagine 2018, we presented Reggie Bicha with the 2018 Kempe Professional Award for his dedication to Kempe’s mission. In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Reggie shared his thoughts on the importance of Kempe’s work.

As executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services since 2011, Reggie has engaged in bold initiatives to redesign and refocus the delivery of human services. He has led major advancements in the delivery of child welfare services, established a statewide mental health crisis response system, retooled juvenile justice using trauma-informed approaches, and employed a 2Gen approach to fight poverty.

Reggie is also a social worker who has amassed extensive experience in child welfare, education, employment, and health issues at the county, state and national levels.

A Message from Rep. Lois Landgraf

“It absolutely breaks my heart to think that kids will be mistreated and abused. I encourage anyone who sees something troubling to speak up and report it.”

Motivated daily by her six wonderful grandchildren, Representative Landgraf is determined to protect and strengthen the well-being of Colorado’s children. As the representative for Southern El Paso County which includes Fort Carson, she is focused on the mental health impacts that military deployments have on local families.

Rep. Landgraf is a sponsor of House Bill 1078, which would provide veterans with access to mental health treatment to help support their return to civilian life. This transition is stressful for every member of the family, and can often lead to higher instances of child abuse. Rep. Landgraf is also working on House Bill 1021, which would establish a task force for youth experiencing homelessness.

Watch the video below to hear more from Rep. Landgraf.