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Definition Child Abuse Substance Exposure

Concerning the definition of child abuse or neglect in the "Colorado Children's Code" as it relates to the use of or exposure to substances, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2016 Regular Session
Children & Domestic Matters
Human Services
Bill Summary

The bill updates and modernizes the language in the definition of 'abuse' or 'child abuse or neglect' in the 'Colorado Children's Code' to reflect the ways a child's welfare can be threatened or harmed by adults through the use of or exposure to substances. The bill authorizes and requires the department of human services (department) to promulgate and adopt rules to ensure the consistent implementation of the new definition. The department shall collect data on the use of the new, modified definition of 'child abuse or neglect' and include such data in its annual SMART act reports for January 2018 and January 2019.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details