16-11.8-103. Domestic violence offender management board - creation - duties - repeal. (1) There is hereby created, in the department of public safety, the domestic violence offender management board that shall consist of nineteen members with recognizable expertise in the field of domestic violence offenders. The membership of the board shall consist of the following persons: (a) One member representing the judicial department appointed by the chief justice of the supreme court; (b) One member representing the department of corrections appointed by the executive director of such department; (c) One member representing the department of human services appointed by the executive director of such department; (d) One member representing the department of public safety, division of criminal justice, appointed by the executive director of such department; (e) One member representing the department of regulatory agencies who is appointed by the executive director of such department; (f) One member appointed by the chief justice of the supreme court who is a judge; (g) (I) Five members appointed by the executive director of the department of regulatory agencies. (II) Of the five members appointed pursuant to this paragraph (g), one shall be a social worker licensed pursuant to part 4 of article 43 of title 12, C.R.S., one shall be a psychologist licensed pursuant to part 3 of article 43 of title 12, C.R.S., one shall be a marriage and family therapist licensed pursuant to part 5 of article 43 of title 12, C.R.S., one shall be a professional counselor licensed pursuant to part 6 of article 43 of title 12, C.R.S., and one shall be an unlicensed mental health professional. (III) Of the five members appointed pursuant to this paragraph (g), two shall be providers on the approved list pursuant to sub-subparagraph (C) of subparagraph (III) of paragraph (b) of subsection (4) of this section. (IV) Interested parties shall submit nominations for persons to serve as members appointed pursuant to this paragraph (g). The executive director shall appoint members under this paragraph (g) from the nominees submitted by the interested parties. (h) One member appointed by the executive director of the Colorado district attorney's council who represents the interests of prosecuting attorneys; (i) One member appointed by the Colorado state public defender who is a public defender; (j) One member appointed by the executive director of the department of public safety who is a representative of law enforcement; (k) Two members appointed by the executive director of the department of public safety who can represent domestic violence victims and victim organizations; (l) One member appointed by the executive director of the department of public safety who is from a rural area and is active in the local coordination of criminal justice and victim services advocacy for domestic violence; (m) One member appointed by the executive director of the department of public safety who is from an urban area and is active in the local coordination of criminal justice and victim services advocacy for domestic violence; and (n) One member appointed by the executive director of the department of public safety who is a private criminal defense attorney. The member shall serve a term of three years and shall serve without compensation. (2) The executive director of the department of public safety shall appoint a presiding officer for the board from among the board members appointed pursuant to subsection (1) of this section, which presiding officer shall serve at the pleasure of such director. (3) (a) Any member of the board created in subsection (1) of this section who is appointed pursuant to paragraphs (a) to (f) of subsection (1) of this section shall serve at the pleasure of the official who appointed such member. The initial terms for persons appointed pursuant to paragraphs (a) and (d) of subsection (1) of this section shall be two years. The initial terms for persons appointed pursuant to paragraphs (b) and (e) of subsection (1) of this section shall be three years. All other terms including terms after the initial terms shall be four years. Such members shall serve without additional compensation. (b) Any member of the board created in subsection (1) of this section who is appointed pursuant to paragraphs (g) to (m) of subsection (1) of this section shall serve for a term of four years; except that, the initial term of two of the persons appointed pursuant to paragraph (g) of subsection (1) of this section and the persons appointed pursuant to paragraph (k) of subsection (1) of this section shall be two years and the initial terms of persons appointed pursuant to paragraphs (h), (i), and (j) of subsection (1) of this section shall be three years. Such members shall serve without compensation. (c) No member shall serve more than eight consecutive years. (4) The board shall carry out the following duties: (a) (Deleted by amendment, L. 2008, p. 1723, ยง 2, effective June 2, 2008.) (b) The board shall: (I) Adopt and implement a standardized procedure for the treatment evaluation of domestic violence offenders. Such procedure shall provide for the evaluation and recommend behavior management, monitoring, and treatment. The board shall develop and implement methods of intervention for domestic violence offenders that have as a priority the physical and psychological safety of victims and potential victims and that are appropriate to the needs of the particular offender, so long as there is no reduction in the level of safety of victims and potential victims. (II) Adopt and implement guidelines and standards for a system of programs for the treatment of domestic violence offenders that shall be utilized by offenders who have committed a crime, the underlying factual basis of which has been found by the court on the record to include an act of domestic violence, and who are placed on probation, placed on parole, or placed in community corrections or who receive a deferred judgment and sentence. The programs developed pursuant to this subparagraph (II) shall be as flexible as possible so that the programs may be utilized by each offender to prevent the offender from harming victims and potential victims. The programs shall be structured in such a manner that they provide a continuing monitoring process as well as a continuum of treatment programs for each offender as that offender proceeds through the criminal justice system and may include, but shall not be limited to, group counseling, individual counseling, outpatient treatment, or treatment in a therapeutic community. Also, the programs shall be developed in such a manner that, to the extent possible, the programs may be accessed by all offenders in the criminal justice system. (III) Develop an application and review process for treatment providers who provide services to domestic violence offenders pursuant to subparagraph (I) or (II) of this paragraph (b). Such standards shall allow providers to demonstrate that they are in compliance with the standards adopted pursuant to subparagraphs (I) and (II) of this paragraph (b). The application and review process shall consist of the following three parts: (A) The board shall develop separate application and review processes for standards that apply to the criminal justice component, such as criminal history record checks, for individual treatment providers and treatment programs. Applications for the criminal justice components, including fingerprints, shall be submitted to the board. The board shall forward the fingerprints to the Colorado bureau of investigation for use in conducting a state criminal history record check and for transmittal to the federal bureau of investigation for a national criminal history record check. The information obtained from the state and national criminal history record check may be used by the board to determine an applicant's eligibility for placement on the approved provider list. The board shall be responsible for the implementation of this sub-subparagraph (A) of the application and review process. (B) The board shall develop an application and review process for the verification of the qualifications and credentials of the treatment providers. The applications shall be submitted to the department of regulatory agencies, and forwarded to the appropriate board pursuant to part 2 of article 43 of title 12, C.R.S. The department of regulatory agencies shall be responsible for the implementation of this sub-subparagraph (B) of the application and review process. The board shall require that treatment providers complete mandatory continuing education courses in areas related to domestic violence. (C) After the process to be developed pursuant to sub-subparagraphs (A) and (B) of this subparagraph (III) is established and providers have met the criteria of both parts of the application and review process, the department of regulatory agencies and the board shall jointly publish at least annually a list of approved providers. The list shall be forwarded to the office of the state court administrator, the department of public safety, the department of human services, and the department of corrections. The list of approved providers shall be jointly updated and forwarded as changes are made. (D) Notwithstanding any action taken by the department of regulatory agencies against a treatment provider, the board may take action against a treatment provider including, but not limited to, removing a treatment provider from the approved provider list. The board may determine the requirements for a treatment provider's name to be placed on the list after his or her name has been removed from the list pursuant to this subparagraph (III). (III.5) The board shall develop a treatment provider renewal process for the continued placement of a person on the approved provider list published pursuant to sub-subparagraph (C) of subparagraph (III) of this paragraph (b). (IV) Research and analyze the effectiveness of the treatment evaluation and treatment procedures and programs developed pursuant to this article. The board shall also develop and prescribe a system for implementation of the guidelines and standards developed pursuant to subparagraphs (I) and (II) of this paragraph (b) and for tracking offenders who have been evaluated and treated pursuant to this article. In addition, the board shall develop a system for monitoring offender behaviors and offender adherence to prescribed behavioral changes. The results of such tracking and behavioral monitoring shall be a part of any analysis made pursuant to this subparagraph (IV). (c) After the guidelines and standards required pursuant to subparagraphs (I) and (II) of paragraph (b) of this subsection (4) are adopted, the board shall refer any complaints or grievances against domestic violence offender treatment providers to the department of regulatory agencies for resolution. Notwithstanding any other law or administrative rule, the resolution of any complaint or grievance referred by the board pursuant to this paragraph (c) shall be based on such standards. All complaints and grievances shall be reviewed by the appropriate board pursuant to part 2 of article 43 of title 12, C.R.S., whose decision shall be based on accepted community standards as described in subparagraphs (I) and (II) of paragraph (b) of this subsection (4) and the prohibited activities as defined in section 12-43-222 (1), C.R.S. The department of regulatory agencies shall provide notice of the disciplinary action to the board. (5) The board and the individual members thereof shall be immune from any liability, whether civil or criminal, for the good faith performance of the duties of the board as specified in this section. (6) Repealed. (7) (a) This section is repealed, effective September 1, 2017.
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