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State DHS lauds Larimer County for human services gains

Author: Joey Bunch - July 11, 2018 - Updated: July 11, 2018

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DHSFrom left. Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly, Larimer County Human Services director Laura Walker, Colorado Department of Human Services executive director Reggie Bicha and Larimer County Commissioner Steve Johnson pose for a picture to commemorate awards won by the county’s human services program. (Photo by Julie James, courtesy of the Colorado Department of Human Services)

Larimer County has made the most improvements in its human services programs among the Colorado’s 10 largest counties, and this week it was lauded by the state Department of Human Services for its distinguished performance.

DHS executive director Reggie Bicha presented Larimer County the C-Stat Distinguished Performance and Most Improved Large County awards this week.

C-Stat is the Colorado program that measures problem-solving, efficiency and response in serving the state’s most vulnerable residents, including those struggling to make it financially. Colorado Politics told you about the program brought to the state by Bicha a year ago.

“When it comes to innovative ways to serve our clients and do business in Colorado, Larimer county is leading the way as a top performer making great strides in helping the Colorado families find a more secure path for their future,” he said in a statement Wednesday.

“Through C-Stat, our performance management tool, we’re able to ensure continuous quality improvement in our counties and continue coming up with better ways to serve Coloradans in a 21st-century global economy.”

Larimer County saw gains in collecting more child-support payments, “reducing the number of children in congregate care and keeping more of Larimer’s aging and adult community safe and independent through Adult Protective Services,” DHS said in a press release.

Twenty counties met at least 75 percent of the C-Stat goals around timeliness, accuracy, safety and well-being. The others were Dolores, Lake, Sedgwick, Ouray, San Miguel, Eagle, Archuleta, Phillips, Pitkin, La Plata, Summit, Park, Kiowa, Yuma, Arapahoe, Douglas, Logan, Washington and Custer counties.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.