ABOUT (CARE Network)
Expertise to conduct medical exams and behavioral health assessments to evaluate suspected cases of child abuse and neglect is extremely limited. There are only six board-certified specialists in the field of child abuse pediatrics in Colorado – five in Denver and one in Colorado Springs. Distances limit access to expert evaluations in most of the state’s 64 counties, resulting in a serious problem with lack of support for providers to be able to conduct medical exams and behavioral health assessments for suspected physical and sexual abuse or neglect.
The CARE Network's aim is to increase local capacity by building appropriate infrastructure to provide technical assistance and resources through a state-funded program that develops and maintains a standardized, coordinated response to suspected child abuse and neglect through a network of designated healthcare providers.
Under contract with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, The Kempe Center serves as The Resource Center for these designated CARE Network providers to offer the following support:
Training conducted by board-certified Child Abuse Pediatricians on how to identify signs of risk for maltreatment
Ongoing education and mentorship opportunities
Direct access to comprehensive evidence based medical and behavioral health assessments for suspected physical & sexual abuse
Expert consultation when direct access is not possible
Streamlined referral process for designated providers
Access to available resources to ensure continuing care
Enhanced reimbursement for evaluations for providers that join the CARE network (Reimbursement pricing structure and process has not been finalized)
CARE Network providers are physicians, psychologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and licensed behavioral health providers that have made a commitment to providing children, for which abuse or neglect is suspected, easy access to proper diagnosis and care by completing the CARE Network new provider training and participating in continuing education and mentorship. (A behavioral health component will be fully integrated in phase two of the CARE Network.)
To learn more about detailed requirements and how to join the network: