In 1992, the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation that created a Sex Offender Treatment Board to develop standards and guidelines for the assessment, evaluation, treatment and behavioral monitoring of sex offenders. The General Assembly changed the name to the Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) in 1998 to more accurately reflect the duties assigned to the SOMB.
The Board reviews, develops and revises the standards and guidelines using a comprehensive, transparent public process.
The Standards and Guidelines for the Assessment, Evaluation, Treatment and Behavioral Monitoring of Adult Sex Offenders (Adult Standards and Guidelines) were originally drafted by the SOMB over a period of two years and were first published in January 1996. The Adult Standards and Guidelines were subsequently revised in 1998, 1999, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2017, and 2018 based upon statutory mandate.
“The board shall research, either through direct evaluation or through a review of relevant research articles, and sex offender treatment empirical data, and analyze, through a comprehensive review of evidence-based practices, the effectiveness of the evaluation, identification, and treatment policies and procedures for adult sex offenders developed pursuant to this article. This research shall specifically include, but need not be limited to, reviewing and researching reoffense and factors that contribute to reoffense for sex offenders as defined in this article, the effective use of cognitive behavioral therapy to prevent reoffense, the use of polygraph in treatment, and the containment model for adult sex offender management and treatment and its effective application…” (§16-11.7-103 (4) (e), C.R.S.)
In 2000, the Colorado General Assembly amended and passed legislation (§16-11.7-103 (4) (j), C.R.S.) that required the SOMB to develop the Standards and Guidelines for the Evaluation, Assessment, Treatment and Supervision of Juveniles Who Have Committed Sexual Offenses (Juvenile Standards and Guidelines). The legislative mandate to the SOMB was to develop and implement methods of intervention for juveniles, recognizing the need for standards and guidelines specific to these youth. These Standards continue to hold public safety as a priority, specifically the physical and psychological safety of victims and potential victims. The Juvenile Standards and Guidelines were first published in 2002, and subsequently revised in 2003, 2008, 2011, and 2014.