General Assembly Report
The OCR strives to be efficient and effective in utilizing its annual appropriation. The OCR’s budget is driven largely by attorney activity and caseloads. In FY18-19, the OCR used 94% of expended funds for attorney services and only 6% for administration. For FY18-19 the OCR expended 97% of its appropriation. In FY 18-19, the OCR spent 6% of its budget on its central administrative office, which is dedicated to fulfilling the OCR’s statutory mandates. The OCR expended $23,314,224 on attorney services for children and $127,230 (including grant funding received by the OCR) to providing high quality and accessible training to GALs and other stakeholders throughout Colorado. The general assembly passed $1,550,000 through OCR’s budget to Colorado CASA for distribution to local CASA programs.
OCR attorneys represent the best interests of children in D&N, JD, domestic relations, truancy, relinquishment, adoption, paternity, and appeals. The appointments in dependency and neglect cases account for 75% of attorney service expenditures.
The OCR is statutorily required to provide an annual report of its activities to the State Court Administrator’s Office and the General Assembly by September 1 of each year.
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OCR’s Performance Management System and Performance Plan
The State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act, as revised in 2013, requires the OCR to prepare and publish a Performance Measurement System and an annual Performance Plan. The OCR’s Performance Measurement System and Performance Plan are a reflection of its statutory mandate, mission, and vision.Performance Plan – June 2020 OCR Performance Management System – August 1, 2019 Annual Performance Evaluation – November 6, 2020