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HB24-1031

Accessibility for Persons in Child Welfare Matters

Concerning measures to increase accessibility provided to persons who are involved in matters regarding a child's welfare.
Session:
2024 Regular Session
Subject:
Children & Domestic Matters
Bill Summary

Colorado's Child Welfare System Interim Study Committee. The bill requires that certain services provided to children or their families comply with the provisions of Title VI of the federal "Civil Rights Act of 1964" if they are provided by a county department, city and county, or a private-entity contractor. Furthermore, the bill requires that the county department, city and county, or private-entity contractor make reasonable efforts to ensure meaningful language access to services in the person's primary language for a person with limited English proficiency in a timely manner and without unreasonable delay.

The bill requires a court to provide language access, including translation and interpretation services, to a child, parent, guardian, custodian, or other party in a dependency and neglect case if the person has limited English proficiency.

The bill requires that during a dispositional hearing concerning the best interests of a child, reasonable efforts must be made to ensure meaningful access to services in the person's primary language for a person with limited English proficiency in a timely manner and without unreasonable delay.

The bill requires the department of human services (department) to develop and implement a language access plan to address the rights and needs of persons with limited English proficiency. The department is also required to develop a resource bank of common documents that are in plain language, translated into non-English languages, and are made accessible to counties, cities and counties, or private-entity contractors.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status

Introduced
Under Consideration

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