CDHS planning tour seeks community engagement in Bent County

DENVER (July 21, 2017) — The executive management team of the Colorado Department of Human Services will visit Bent County from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on July 27 as part of its 2017 Summer Planning Tour, an annual event that gives CDHS leadership the opportunity to hear from partners and stakeholders about local challenges and innovative solutions. 

The session will be held in Building 401 at Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community , 30999 CR15 in Las Animas. Executive Director Reggie Bicha will present the priorities for the Department in the upcoming year, review gains made in 2016-2017 and discuss challenges and opportunities moving forward. 

Members of the public, media and other stakeholders, including mental health professionals, educators, law enforcement officers, nonprofit/foundation representatives and social workers, are invited to attend. Representatives from the Department’s seven offices will be on hand to answer questions and facilitate discussions about pertinent issues that affect residents statewide. 

CDHS provides services to Colorado’s families, children and adults, including cash, food and energy benefits; employment programs; child support; early care and learning; behavioral health; child welfare; the Division of Youth Services; services for people with disabilities; veterans community living centers and other services for older Coloradans.

“We’re eager to hear what’s working in individual communities and how CDHS can help with challenges,” Bicha said. “We always come back from tour with great ideas about how to better meet the needs of Coloradans.” 

Bent County has demonstrated strong performance in several areas within the last year. It has exceeded all goals for timely processing of Adult Financial, Colorado Works and food assistance, ensuring eligible Coloradans have access to resources that increase their economic security. Bent County also excels at timely initial response and assessment closures for child welfare cases, which improve the safety of children in the county and reduces the potential for further abuse. 

The main goals of the tour are to identify overarching challenges and opportunities in all areas and to brainstorm ways that the state and local communities can collaborate to improve services to Coloradans.

The Summer Planning Tour helps the Department develop meaningful goals, as required by the “State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act.”

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