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Project Description

Colorado The Denver County Children Affected by Methamphetamine (CAM) Project serves children and their parents with concurrent child welfare and criminal cases. Also known as CAMDEN, this project is expanding and enhancing services to parents and children participating in the Family Integrated Drug Court (FIDC). Key elements of the CAM project include:

  • Community Outreach Program – Esperanza (COPE) – a home- and school-based trauma focused treatment that includes Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and, as needed, Parent Child Interaction Therapy;
  • SafeCare – a home visitation model providing parent training in child safety, health care and parent-child interaction;
  • Child Screening, Assessment and Referral – to address issues related to trauma, development, mental and physical health;
  • Outreach and Engagement strategies – Staff members conducting specialized outreach and encouraging CAM participants to engage in or continue with CAM services and the FIDC.

Target Population

This project serves families and children in Denver, Colorado, the capital and largest city in the state with a population of 620,000. Services are provided to children ages 0 – 17 and families who are participating in the FIDC in Denver.

The FIDC serves families on two court dockets. All families on both dockets have an open dependency and neglect case with the Denver Department of Human Services. The first docket includes families with a concurrent criminal case in the District Court system. The second docket includes families with a concurrent criminal case in the Denver County Court system. Criminal cases are not necessarily related to the dependency and neglect case.

Major Project Goals

  • Provide immediate screening and assessment for children and youth of parents with methamphetamine use and involved in the FIDC;
  • Provide evidence-based, culturally competent treatment and follow-up services for trauma-exposed children and youth ages 0 - 17 with methamphetamine abusing, parents;
  • Strengthen and support participating parents and caregiver’s parental capacity through evidence-based home visitation programming.

Partner Agencies and Organizations

The CAMDEN Project includes the following partners:

Child Welfare

  • Denver Area Youth Services
  • Denver Department of Human Services, Division of Child Welfare Services

Substance Abuse

  • Arapahoe House
  • Reach Counseling
  • McNeil and Associates
  • Savior House
  • University of Colorado Health Science Center, The Haven


  • Denver Juvenile Court, Colorado Second Judicial District,
  • Denver County Court

Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Legal and Related Organizations

  • Denver Police Department
  • Denver District Probation Department
  • Denver County Probation Department
  • Denver Juvenile Probation Department
  • Denver District Attorney, Denver Alliance for Drug Endangered Children
  • Division of Probation Services-Colorado State Judicial Branch

Mental Health Service Providers

  • Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • GBQ Inc. (Gayle B. Quick, private counselor)
  • Reach Inc.
  • McNeil and Associates
  • Porter Center for Behavioral Health

Performance Indicators

CAM grantees are measuring their performance on outcomes for children, adults and families. The CAMDEN Project bi-annually provides data on the following 18 performance indicators.

Child/Youth Indicators

  • Children remain at home 
  • Occurrence of child maltreatment
  • Average length of stay in foster care
  • Re-entries to foster care placement
  • Timeliness of reunification
  • Timeliness of permanency
  • Prevention of substance-exposed newborn
  • Connected to supportive services
  • Improved child well-being

Adult Indicators

  • Access to substance abuse treatment
  • Retention in treatment
  • Substance use
  • Connected to supportive services
  • Employment
  • Criminal behavior

Family/Relationship Indicators

  • Improved parenting
  • Family relationships and functioning
  • Risk and protective factors

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  • Lead Agency:
    Colorado Judicial Department Juvenile Probation, Denver Juvenile and Family Justice - Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities
  • Geographic Area and Congressional District Served:
    Denver County, Colorado; Congressional District 1
  • Federal Grant:
    $1. 48 million/ 4 years
  • Evaluation Design, Comparison Group Type and Treatment Received:
    Pre-post design, treatment group only
  • Proposed Number Served (4 Years):
    Children: 190
    Adults: 76
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