The CDHS Division for Regional Center Operations (DRCO) oversees the three state-owned and -operated Regional Centers in Grand Junction, Pueblo and Wheat Ridge. The Regional Centers serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have intensive needs. The Regional Centers currently have 350+ licensed beds across the state. The Regional Centers serve residents within three treatment models:
- Short-term treatment and stabilization - Individuals are admitted for short-term services and have acute needs that cannot be met in the community. Individuals in this program are stabilized within 120 days of admission and transitioned to a less restrictive environment within the community.
- Intensive treatment program - This program provides treatment for individuals who demonstrate problematic sexual behavior who have not responded to supervision and treatment in the community. Individuals in this program receive treatment and transition back to the community within two to three years.
- Long-term habilitation - Individuals are no longer admitted into this program. Currently the Regional Centers have 200+ residents in the long-term habilitation model. However, as individuals are stabilized, they are transitioned to a less restrictive environment in the community.
The Regional Centers offer a variety of services to residents including:
- Residential care
- Health services
- Psychology services
- Therapeutic recreation and community therapy
- Speech/language therapy
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy and adaptive equipment services
- Case management and social work services
- Day program