DVOMB Guidance to Approved Providers
Regarding COVID-19


May 21, 2020

Dear DVOMB Approved Providers: 
The Division of Criminal Justice, Office of Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Management (ODVSOM) has been monitoring the COVID-19 virus and assessing the situation along with its anticipated impact. In light of these events, we want to provide you with resources and guidance that can help keep victims, clients, Providers, and other stakeholders as safe as possible.
 
NEW UPDATED GUIDANCE
 
  • Teletherapy or E-Therapy Variance Extension: Providers who have received approval for a Teletherapy or E-Therapy Variance are approved to continue conducting treatment and evaluation services under the variance until August 31, 2020. Provider do not have to resubmit as this extension is automatic. As restrictions are lifted during this time, Providers may begin making plans to transition to treatment and evaluation face-to-face services as needed and clinically indicated. While the goal of this adjustment period is to transition back to face-to-face services to the extent possible, the DVOMB understands that this may not be possible for all Providers or clients for a variety of reasons. As such, the DVOMB may grant another extension of the Teletherapy or E-Therapy Variance in advance of August 31, 2020. Should the DVOMB choose to forgo a subsequent extension of the variance, Providers will still have the option of individually requesting an extension to continue providing Teletherapy or E-Therapy services.
  • Please note these dates are subject to change based on the ever-changing situation regarding the COVID-19 virus and recommended precautions in the interest of public health and safety.
  • Discretionary Period: As of July 1, 2020, the discretionary period granting flexibility to Providers to make adjustments for client services that deviate from the Standards and Guidelines will end.
 
Additional Guidance Regarding Legal Matters
The DVOMB is not authorized to speak on any legal matters pertaining to the presiding court or Parole Board for which are affected by COVID-19. Questions involving the requirements or modifications for a court order, a parole agreement, or protection orders should be directed through the appropriate legal channels.
 
State and Federal COVID-19 Resources 
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is leading the state response to COVID-19. The CDPHE website ( colorado.gov/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus ) has the most up-to-date information on state efforts to contain and treat the virus. You can also find national updates about the novel coronavirus from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at  cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
CDPHE Hotline 
CDPHE has set up a hotline for general COVID-19 questions that is available in many languages: 
·        Call  303.389.1687 or 1.877.462.2911
·        Email  COHELP@RMPDC.org
 
CDPHE and the CDC are the best resources for COVID-19 information.  Please consult these organizations for all medical questions.
 
Please feel free to contact our office with any questions. We will continue to update you with new information and additional procedures and resources. We appreciate your efforts in keeping Coloradans safe and healthy.