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Weld continues representation on Child Welfare Allocation Committee

Posted on 09/13/2018
Weld continues representation on Child Welfare Allocation Committee

Following a vote by county commissioners representing the big-ten counties in Colorado (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Mesa, Pueblo and Weld), Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer has been appointed as one of two At-Large representatives on the Colorado Welfare Allocation Committee (CWAC).

“Not only has Commissioner Kirkmeyer’s leadership led to a more equitable distribution of resources to all counties by her participation on the committee and through state legislation, but she has developed a framework for the state and counties to prepare for new federal legislation, the Family First Prevention Services Act, which will affect the child welfare system,” said Judy Griego, Director of the Weld County Department of Human Services. “She is recognized by her peers for being innovative and having the ability to get ideas implemented into action.”

According to the state web site: The CWAC was created by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado to provide input to the Executive Director of Human Services relative to the development of an equitable model for allocation of the Child Welfare Service Block Allocation to the counties. In addition, the CWAC is obliged to annually review and revise the allocation formula as necessary to reflect the changes in cost of delivery of services, caseload and population, and any other county or state dynamics and make recommendations to the Executive Director. The committee, which is made up of 13 members -- eight of whom are appointed by county commissioners, meets once a month.

Kirkmeyer, who has been involved with Human Services programs since 1997, has experience with multiple programs including the Works Allocation Committee, the Child Welfare Allocation Committee, the IVE Waiver Committee, the Child Welfare Executive Leadership Committee, and the Colorado Counties Inc. Health and Human Services Steering Committee.

“Commissioner Kirkmeyer is recognized as one of the most knowledgeable county commissioner in Colorado regarding human services funding and programs,” said Finance Director Don Warden. “Her work on the CWAC, which establishes a formula and allocates county block grant funds based on demographic and economic factors within counties, is critical in looking out for the financial interests of all Colorado counties but especially Weld County.”