In 2006, the Colorado General Assembly created a partnership of state government, local governments, and the private sector, including legislators, child advocates, public health officials, drug treatment providers, child welfare workers, law enforcement officers, judges, and prosecutors entitled the Colorado State Methamphetamine Task Force The core purpose of the State Methamphetamine Task Force and partners is to provide leadership and develop a statewide strategy to assist local communities with implementation of the most effective practices to respond to illegal methamphetamine production, distribution, and use and to improve the well-being of drug endangered children.
Given the complexity of responding effectively to methamphetamine and other illegal drug issues, the Colorado General Assembly established the State Methamphetamine Task Force with a mandate to:
- Assist local communities with implementation of the most effective practices to respond to methamphetamine production, distribution, and use.
- Develop statewide strategies in collaboration with local communities to address prevention, intervention, treatment, and enforcement.
- Take a comprehensive approach to and provide assistance and recommendations concerning prevention, intervention and treatment and the response of the criminal justice system to the methamphetamine problem in Colorado.
- Further develop and refine components of the Colorado Blueprint.
- Create a shared-knowledge base of strategies, programs and practices.
- Conduct demonstration initiatives related to the Comprehensive Community Response Process.
- Produce "Knowledge Papers" for each stage of the Comprehensive Community Response Process.
- Utilize the refined Colorado Blueprint for articulating a statewide strategy for developing and implementing a stronger planning and implementation capacity at community, county and state levels to protect children, families and communities from the effects of methamphetamine and other illegal drug use.
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