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Civil Rights

Civil Rights and Risk Management
Vernon Jackson, Manager
3550 West Oxford Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80236

The Civil Rights and Risk Management unit provides services to county and Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) employees and clients. 

If you are not a county or CDHS employee or client and would like to file a complaint, please contact the Colorado Civil Rights Division at:

1560 Broadway #1050
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 894-2997  or (800) 262- 4845 (toll free)

Civil Rights and Risk Management offers services in the areas of:

  • Civil rights
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
  • Risk management
  • Safety
  • Workplace violence
  • Ergonomics

Services include:

  • Research and interpretation of state and federal laws
  • Development of  CDHS policies and procedures protecting the equal opportunity, civil rights, and safety of clients and employees
  • Assistance in handling civil rights claims
  • Coordination between CDHS and the Colorado Attorney General in the investigation of civil rights issues
  • Internal discrimination investigations 
  • Civil rights training
  • Assisting the Colorado Civil Rights Division, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Health and Human Services in allegations of discrimination
  • Oversight of the ADA for CDHS
  • Coordination in accomodating qualified CDHS employees with disabilities
  • Assistance in the investigation of employee ADA claims
  • ADA compliance training

Civil Rights and Risk Management assists managers in:

  • Risk assessment
  • Threat assessment
  • Model programs
  • Consultation
  • Training
  • Audits
  • Management assistance teams

Program management is acomplished through:

  • CDHS Risk Mangement Planning Council
  • CDHS Safety Advisory Committee
  • District user groups

Civil Rights and Risk Management

  • Provides guidance in safety and workplace violence matters
  • Administers a fire safety program, offering training, fire-proofing of the workplace, early detection of fire hazards and proper maintenance of fire equipment

Civil Rights and Risk Management

  • Uses ergonomic principles to reduce the potential for injuries
  • Employes ergonomic coordination training through:
  1. Special training sessions for groups
  2. Ergonomic assessments
  3. Safety coordination development

Civil Rights and Risk Management provides oversight to the sixty-four county departments of human services relative to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.