Rights of Youth and Families

What Are the Laws That Effect the Youth in the Juvenile Justice System?


Colorado Department of Education: From this site you will be able to locate and download special education law brochures and decisions for Due Process Hearings and State Complaints.  The Colorado special education Rules (ECEA) and the Federal special education Regulations (IDEA) links are accessed from this site as well.

MORE INFO: The Colorado Department of Education, Special Education Law

PDF RESOURCE: Tennessee Department of Education Division of Special Education: Rights Of Children With Disabilities & Parent Responsibilities

PDF RESOURCE: Dropout Prevention and Student Re-Engagement (the laws on the distinction between truancy court and truancy issues)

Mental Health

The on-line version of the mental health regulations are the most current versions available on Colorado’s mental health laws.

MORE INFO: Colorado Department of Human Services, Community Behavioral Health

Substance Use Disorder Services

The current treatment rules for substance abuse disorder services can be reviewed at the site below.

MORE INFO: Colorado Department of Human Services, Accessing Substance Use Services

Juvenile Justice

Each state has developed their juvenile justice system in regards to who handles intake, investigation, and probation supervision of delinquents; who administers juvenile detention centers and correctional institutions; who takes responsibility for juveniles after they are released from state commitment; recent legislative reforms; names and contact information for significant state-level advisory groups, advocacy organizations, and membership associations; and state laws declaring juvenile justice purposes and philosophies, conditions under which juveniles may be tried as adults, and upper and lower ages of juvenile court delinquency jurisdiction.

MORE INFO: National Center for Juvenile Justice, State Profiles

The Legal Center for Persons with Disabilities and Older Persons

The Legal Center protects and promotes the rights of people with disabilities and older people in Colorado through direct legal representation, advocacy, education and legislative analysis.

MORE INFO: Legal Center for Persons with Disabilities and Older Persons

Medicaid Mental Health Ombudsman Program

The Ombudsman for Medicaid Managed Care will help file grievances and appeals, will help solve problems with the Medicaid Behavioral Health Organization (BHO). The Ombudsman is independent from all of the health care plans. The Ombudsman customer service number is 303-830-3560 (Denver Metro Area) or 1-877-435-7123 toll free.

Colorado Office of Child Representative

The OCR is a state agency charged with improving best interest representation for Colorado’s children. The office contracts with over 250 attorneys who represent youth in dependency and neglect (child abuse), delinquency, domestic relations, paternity, truancy and probate cases. Effective legal representation and advocacy is a critical element in giving children a voice in the Colorado Court System.

MORE INFO: Colorado’s Office of the Child representative