Tag Archives | Colorado Department of Human Services

New laws provide services to at-risk adults, kids in legal trouble and people on aid who want a job

The Colorado Department of Human Services is celebrating some good news for the people it assists with the governor’s fresh signature on three laws Wednesday. House Bill 1284 requires background checks for those working directly with at-risk adults. House Bill 2017 to steer children younger than 13 to programs instead of incarceration for low-level offense. […]

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Behavioral health law puts a detour around jail cells in Colorado mental health response

Jail cells are no longer a substitute for the help needed by people in behavioral and mental health crises in Colorado. Thursday Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation on 72-hour mental health holds, a significant issue for Colorado’s far-flung rural areas, where proper help can be hours away. When there’s not a hospital nearby to take a person […]

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Thomas Haro to lead state office that scrutinizes worker disability requests

Thomas Haro’s new job for the Department of Human Services is at the nexus of taxpayers and the disabled in Colorado. Haro is the new director of the Division of Disability Determination Services, which works with the Social Security Administration to determine who qualifies for Supplemental Security Income. The division handle more than 40,000 requests a year […]

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YESTERYEAR: Colorado looks to solve the ‘brown cloud’ and prison reform problems

… Thirty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … According to Don Barbarick, state meteorologist with the Colorado Department of Health’s air pollution division, the Town of Parker was a relative “fail-safe area” for Denver’s “brown cloud,” the notorious billow of air pollution that settled across Denver’s skyline. Parker was deemed safe because […]

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Official: Some refugees still arriving in Colorado this week in wake of order

Afghan refugees (Courtesy European Refugee Agency)

State officials said an estimated 17 refugees should be arriving in Colorado by Thursday under President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees. Seven refugees — from countries including Bhutan, the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Afghanistan — were scheduled to arrive in the state Monday and Tuesday, officials with the Colorado Department […]

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DHS gets court reprieve for speeding up food, cash help

Here’s some good news for the Colorado Department of Human Services, an agency that draws a lot of flak while tackling many of the state’s most difficult problems. DHS has exceeded the requirements from a 2008 settlement in a lawsuit that alleged the state took too much time to process applications for food and cash assistance. Denver District Court terminated […]

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Mosle and Bicha: 2Gen approach about increasing quality of social service systems

Anne Mosle
Ask any group of parents — rich or poor — what they want for their children and the answers you’ll get are amazingly consistent. They want good-paying jobs to support their families, high quality child care and great schools. We asked ourselves: Shouldn’t we design social service systems that address that universal list of hopes […]

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