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6BFF7F2D9D7FF12F87258A8400623BC8 Hearing Summary


Date Dec 13, 2023      
Location SCR 352

Department of Human Services Budget Request and Presentation - Committee Discussion Only

10:53:41 AM  
Mr. Pedro Almeida,
Deputy Executive Director, Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS)
introduced panel members and provided an overview of the department's presentation.
10:55:01 AM  
Ms. Jagruti Shah, Deputy Director, Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health, CDHS, responded to questions from the committee regarding the mission and work of the office.
10:55:41 AM  
Ms. Shah presented
on the department's FY2024-25 IT capital budget request for state funding
for phase two of a three-phase project involving the purchase, development,
and enhancement of a range of different data and information systems for
the Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health.  
11:01:57 AM  
Mr. Misgana Tesfaye, Director, Business Innovation, Technology & Security, CDHS, provided an overview of the previous phase of the project that was funded in a FY 2023-24 budget appropriation.
11:08:15 AM  
Mr. Almeida provided
an overview of the department's second FY 2024-25 IT capital budget request
for one-time state funding over three fiscal years to leverage existing
human services program technologies to create a unified system, also referred
to as the leveraging technology request.
11:10:25 AM  
Mr. Tesfaye presented to the committee on additional details of the leveraging technology request, including Joint Agency Interoperability and Unified County System.
11:18:13 AM  
Mr.Almeida provided
final comments to the committee on the department's leveraging technology
request. Panelists responded to questions from the committee regarding
potential overlap with other requests from departments involving integrating
various systems and to questions on potential integration with the myColorado
mobile app or other modifications in future years related to the proposed
11:25:02 AM  
Ms. Emily Hanson,
Legislative Liaison, responded to questions from the committee regarding
previous federal funding for child welfare programs.
11:26:39 AM  
Mr. Almeida indicated the department would follow-up with the committee on questions regarding discrepancies in previous federal funding and possible funding reversions.

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