CDHS planning tour seeks community engagement in Montrose County

DENVER (July 21, 2017) — The executive management team of the Colorado Department of Human Services will visit Montrose County from 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 24 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 the South Campus Training Room at Montrose County Health and Human Services, 1845 S. Townsend Ave. in Montrose. 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.”

Montrose County has been a strong performer in both economic security and safety measures within the last year. More than 95 percent of all Adult Financial, Colorado Works and food assistance applications were processed in a timely manner this year, ensuring eligible Coloradans have access to resources that increase their economic security. In addition, Montrose County has exceeded the goals for timely assessments, investigations and monthly contacts in adult protection cases, which increases the safety of vulnerable adults.

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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