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Civil Rights

Civil Rights and Risk Management
Vernon Jackson, Manager
3550 West Oxford Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80236
303-866-7129

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.