Deborah De Santis, President and CEO of CSH, was in Beaver Creek Colorado on October 5 to present at the Annual Colorado NOW! Conference. The presentation was part of a panel discussion focused on creating family stability through multi-system partnerships. Deb highlighted the CSH Keeping Families Together model and key partners working with CSH to implement supportive housing for child welfare-involved families through a national ACYF demonstration initiative. She also cited local Colorado communities implementing cross-system partnerships between housing and Child Welfare.
The panelists shared views on how local Colorado communicates can work to break down programmatic and policy barriers that get in the way of effective service delivery for vulnerable families.
Other presenters on the panel were:
- Jenn Lopez, Colorado Director of Homeless Initiatives, Office of Governor Hickenlooper (moderator)
- Betsy Cronin, The Connection Inc.- ACYF Demonstration site, CT
- Anne Farrell, Ph.D, Director of Research, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago (ACYF Demonstration program evaluator)
- Frank Alexander, Director of Boulder County Department of Health & Human Services (County Department where the PHA and Child Welfare systems are integrated)