Longhurst-Pritt named DHS director
Sharon Longhurst-Pritt has been named the new Garfield County Human Services director. An employee of Garfield County since 2006, she is excited to oversee and support the Human Services Department.
LEAP is a federally funded program that helps eligible hard working Colorado families, seniors and individuals pay a portion of their winter home heating costs. The LEAP season runs from November 1 to April 30.
Six-year extension for CHP+
Congress has approved a six-year funding extension for Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). The program covers more than 75,000 children in Colorado. Program members will receive notification once the bill becomes law.
Child welfare review
The Garfield County Department of Human Services volunteered for a federal review of its child welfare practices. Of 17 cases reviewed in Garfield County, nine received a 100 percent strength rating on every criteria level.
DHS honored by state
Department of Human Services employees were honored in April with C-Stat awards for their outstanding work in helping local families gain access to needed resources, including food and cash assistance.
Health First Colorado
The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (the Department) announced that beginning June 27, 2016, the Colorado Medicaid program will become Health First Colorado. The new name reflects the significant improvements that have been made to modernize Colorado’s Medicaid program to better engage members and improve the quality and coordination of care.
Health First Colorado
Employment First program
Garfield County will introduce an Employment First program to promote self-sufficiency and independence through the development of skills, work experience and job search support activities. It will provide assistance while ensuring accountability for benefits.
Garfield County Employment First
Child abuse and neglect hotline
The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) now has one statewide number for reporting child abuse and neglect. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, the statewide toll-free number to use is 1-844-CO-4-KIDS.
Frasier the Facility Dog
A new professional therapist at the River Bridge Regional Center is offering support to children who have suffered sexual abuse, attending forensic interviews, medical exams and court. His name is Frasier, and he is a Facility Dog.
Garfield County Department of Human Services staff is committed to developing and providing collaborative services to assist and promote the safety, well being and self-sufficiency of individuals and families.
To increase the quality of life in the community by taking a proactive and innovative leadership role. Our work embodies the professional values and best practices of the human services field.