DVOMB Standards & Approved & Pending Revisions



Recently Approved Changes

Section 9.0 Provider Qualifications

Section 9.0 of the Standards was last revised in 2019 in order to move the process for becoming a DVOMB Approved Provider to a competency-based supervision process. This change implemented the requirement for a Domestic Violence Clinical Supervisor (DVCS) to assess applicants on their clinical and administrative competencies. Over the past three years, much has been learned and the competency base model is working well.
However, during that time the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) has also made changes to their regulatory structures and listings that have impacted the DVOMB Standards. Additionally, the DVOMB also created a new database system. As a result, there are necessary changes to Section 9.0.

What were the major changes to Section 9.0?

  • Contents of the clinical supervision agreement were updated and moved to earlier in Section 9.0 to increase its visibility.
  • The Provision Level status was eliminated altogether.
  • The term Entry Level status was changed to Associate Level status.
  • A new listing status was created for Teletherapy.
  • The ability for Trainees to apply directly to Full-Operating Level was removed. Trainees must now apply first as an Associate Level prior to being eligible for becoming a Full-Operating Level provider. Additionally, Associate Level Providers must also have 500 hours of face-to-face client contact working with domestic violence offenders to apply for Full-Operating Level. This equates to roughly 6 months of full-time direct service work with domestic violence offenders.
  • The training hours required for Associate Level were reduced.
  • The content was reorganized to align with the flow of the application process and the Provider Data Management System.
  • The language was updated to reconcile the discontinuation of the Registered Psychotherapist category with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. This included expanding the eligibility requirements for Trainees to now allow for Masters level students to apply during their formal clinical internship prior to having a candidacy with DORA.
  • The language was updated to reconcile the credential name change for the addiction counselors. The CAC II and CAC III were changed to CAS, and the LAC's were identified as addiction supervisors.
  • Eligibility to start the process of applying to become a Domestic Violence Clinical Supervisor (DVCS) remains limited to Full-Operating Level Providers and applicants would need a minimum of 1,000 hours of face-to-face client contact working with domestic violence offenders.

Appendix I Implementation date of September 30, 2022

Description of changes: Prior to COVID-19, the DVOMB Standards prohibited the use of teletherapy. There were many reasons for this, but the biggest reason was the lack of research about its use with domestic violence offenders. In order to prevent disruptions to client services and to protect victims, the DVOMB authorized the temporary use of teletherapy through an expedited variance process. A majority of DVOMB Providers used or are currently using this variance to conduct sessions via teletherapy. The proposed changes in Appendix I provide a framework for DVOMB Approved Providers to exercise discretion in determining for whom and when teletherapy is appropriate. These requirements are the result of survey feedback, stakeholder input, and the current literature that is available.

GP 3.06 Implementation date of July 1, 2022

Description of changes: This is a new Guiding Principle to be added to Section 3.0 of the Standards as part of the other Guiding Principles. The Guiding Principles in Section 3.0 serve as the philosophical foundation upon which the Standards were developed. These provisions shape and underscore important ethical and victim-centered tenets of the Standards. This new Guiding Principle is not different in that it stresses the importance to recognize the client’s background, the Provider’s own background, and how both affect the client-provider relationship and that a client’s background is never an excuse or justification for domestic violence or abusive behaviors.

Call for Public Comment

Recent ratifications by the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) are listed below. Public comments may be submitted for consideration by the Board prior to the identified deadlines. Public comments are considered confidential and any identifying information will be removed when presented to the Board.

Public Comment Opportunities

  • No Public Comments at this time

General Information

  • Public comment is requested generally twice a year. 

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