Child-welfare workers in Mesa County sharply improved their initial response to reports of abuse or neglect in recent months, earning plaudits for outstanding performance from the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Ninety-five percent of reports since June 2016 have been responded to in a timely manner, and 83 percent of responses have been timely since January of 2015, state officials said in recognizing the performance of the Mesa County Child Welfare Division over the last 24 months.

Mesa was one of eight counties in Colorado to be recognized with a C-Stat Award for its consistent timely responses. Delta County also was recognized for providing timely responses in similar cases.

Timely responses to allegations of abuse and neglect are imperative to protecting children involved in such cases, said Randi Merry, director of performance management for the division.

To meet standards, child-welfare workers should respond to incidents reported during business hours by the end of the day and within eight hours to reports that made after hours.

The C-Stat awards were presented during a meeting of the state board of human services in Grand Junction.

Delta County's awards for timely initial responses and for distinguished performance on all measures in 2016 were made in Delta also on Friday.

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