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Michelle Barnes is the executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services. She was appointed in 2019 and oversees a broad portfolio of programs to help Coloradans thrive. Barnes has held a variety of leadership positions in the nonprofit sector and the outdoor industry. She spent more than a decade as an interim CEO for organizations experiencing significant transition, including Food Bank of the Rockies, Senior Housing Options and Outward Bound. Other roles were in youth development, domestic violence and early childhood education. Previously, Barnes was a tech sector marketing executive. She holds an MBA from UCLA and a BA from William and Mary.
Clint Woodruff is the deputy executive director of Financial Services and chief financial officer. Woodruff oversees CDHS's $2.3 billion budget. He is a certified public accountant with more than 20 years' experience in finance and accounting. He previously held executive finance roles with Champps Entertainment, U.S. Nursing, and Spicy Pickle.
Robert Werthwein is the director of the Office of Behavioral Health. Werthwein directs the operations and administrative oversight of the public behavioral health system, including programs consisting of mental health and substance use community programs, as well as operation of the Colorado Mental Health Institutes at Fort Logan and Pueblo. Werthwein, who joined CDHS in 2013, also leads in providing policy, performance management, fiscal and administrative tools, and oversight to a large group of mental health facilities, treatment centers and clinics statewide.
Minna Castillo Cohen is the director of the Office of Children, Youth and Families. Since 2017, Castillo Cohen has directed the operations of programs and facilities that improve the safety, independence and well-being of Colorado's children, youth and families. She oversees Child Welfare, Youth Services and the Domestic Violence Program — as well as the Colorado Juvenile Parole Board, the Colorado Sexual Health Initiative (CoSHI) and the Medical Oversight Unit. She has served for 20 years in the nonprofit sector, with all of her work focused on serving children, youth and families.
Administrative Solutions (AS) is a support unit that provides services to help program areas achieve their goals through a dynamic partnership providing customer-centered solutions. AS is responsible for Human Resources, Facilities Management, Emergency Management, Performance and Strategic Outcomes, Business Technology, Legal Affairs, and Communications. These areas provide an array of services to the department, including:
The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is responsible for policy development, service provision and coordination, program monitoring and evaluation and administrative oversight for the Colorado public behavioral health system. OBH funds, supports and monitors numerous mental health and substance abuse community programs and providers, and reviews and designates the state’s providers, including emergency behavioral health services and the state crisis hotline. OBH also operates the Colorado Mental Health Institutes at Fort Logan and Pueblo. OBH executes the state’s federal responsibilities as the state mental health authority and the state substance abuse authority for the purposes of administering federal mental health and substance abuse block grant funds.
Divisions within OBH include:
The Office of the Chief Financial Officer is responsible for CDHS's $2.3 billion budget. The office oversees the Division of Budget and Policy and the Division of Financial Services, including contracts and procurement, accounting, and payroll and timekeeping for more than 5,000 employees.
The Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) shares the CDHS vision for the people of Colorado to be safe, healthy and prepared to achieve their greatest aspirations.
Collaborating with partners, OCYF's mission is to design and deliver high-quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence and well-being of Colorado’s children, youth and families.
Divisions within OCYF include:
Download organizational charts for all divisions and programs in the Office of Children, Youth and Families
Oversight and management of the state’s 10 secure facilities is located within DYS's Central Office. Direct facility supervision is provided by two directors of facility operations. Central administration also includes management and oversight of education, clinical and medical services, food services, quality assurance, and assessment services. Research, capital and financial services, restorative justice services, communication and client services are also administered from the Central Office.
DYS regionalized its administration of pretrial services and established regional offices with staff capable of providing case management and parole supervision of each youth committed from the region. Through this process, the division established an overarching case management system, assigning a client manager to each youth at commitment. The client manager guides the youth’s case plan and eventually assumes the role of the youth’s parole officer. DYS's four management regions — Central, Northeast, Southern and Western — are responsible for the general administration of regional contracts, monitoring of residential and non-residential programming, coordination and collaboration with community agencies, participation in community collaborative management programs, the provision of client management and parole services and the local oversight of Senate Bill 91-94 programs.
Download the Division of Youth Services organization chart
Anders Jacobson is the director of DYS. He served in this role since 2016. Jacobson has worked in the juvenile justice field for 21 years, with 20 of those years spent in leadership roles at residential units and facilities operated by the state and in the private sector. As the director of DYS, Jacobson has complete oversight of the division’s advanced service delivery system, with a strong focus on outcomes and cross-system partnerships to ensure quality services are provided to youth in the division’s care. He is also responsible for relationships with community residential and non-residential providers and juvenile justice stakeholders, including judicial and legislative relationships.
The Office of Adult, Aging and Disability Services (OAADS) fosters independence to Coloradans through access to seamless and responsive personalized service. OAADS focuses on services and programs benefiting older adults, people with disabilities, and veterans requiring assisted living care.
Divisions within OAADS include:
The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) provides collaborative leadership to align resources for children, families and early childhood professionals to best prepare Coloradans for future success, through access to coordinated and quality early childhood programs and family supports. The OEC aligns itself with the goals set forth in the Early Childhood Colorado Framework to ensure all children are valued, healthy and thriving.
Divisions within OEC include:
The Office of Economic Security (OES) provides income, nutritional and support services to those in need.
Divisions within OES include: