2017 Summer Planning Tour


In the summer of 2017, CDHS conducted a series of town hall meetings across the state to solicit feedback, comments and suggestions to help inform the Department's direction and priorities for the coming year. 

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We asked you, the leaders and members of your communities, what your strengths are, what challenges you face and how we can continue to work together to better serve Coloradans. Some of the highlights of those discussions include:

  • Working together to better support individuals, particularly youth, who are struggling with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
  • Increasing foster family recruitment and supports.
  • Increasing capacity of child care providers by re-evaluating rules that may prohibit providers from caring for more children, particularly infants and toddlers.
  • Working on comprehensive plans to help ensure families are food secure, including addressing the stigma around accessing SNAP benefits.
  • Ensuring we, at CDHS, are working more closely with our state agency partners to help facilitate coordination of services at every level of government. For example, we heard that we should be working more closely with:
  • Looking at balancing rules and audits with the need to have flexibility at the local level in order to serve people in culturally relevant, community-based ways.
  • Evaluating how to better support counties and other providers in staff recruitment and retention efforts.

The feedback and suggestions you provided will be used to inform the 2018-2019 CDHS Performance Plan and will help direct the department's priorities for the coming year. Please keep your eye out for updates on next year's Performance Plan, which you will be able to access here.

The 2017 Summer Planning Tour Session visited communities and partners throughout Colorado:

Garfield County
Monday, July 24, 2017
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

County Administration Building
108 8th St.
Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room, 1st Floor
Glenwood Springs

Montrose County
Monday, July 24, 2017
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Montrose County Health and Human Services
1845 S. Townsend Ave.
South Campus Training Room

Teller County
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Cripple Creek Heritage and Information Center
9283 CO-67
Cripple Creek

Costilla County
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center
17591 E. Hwy. 160
Main Dining Area

Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community /Bent County
Thursday, July 27, 2017
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community
30999 CR15
Building 401
Las Animas

Lincoln County
Friday, July 28, 2017
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Lincoln County Courthouse
103 3rd Ave.
Jury Assembly Room

Morgan County
Friday, July 28, 2017
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Morgan Community College
920 Barlow Rd.
Founders Room
Fort Morgan

Arapahoe County
Thursday, August 10, 2017
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Arapahoe County Department of Human Services
14980 E. Alameda Drive
CentrePoint Plaza - Littleton Rooms

Broomfield County
Thursday, August 10, 2017
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Broomfield Community Center
280 Spader Way
Lakeshore Room


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