Congrats to "People Who Help People" Award Winner Lorendia Schmidt!

In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, we are recognizing five CDHS staffers with People Who Help People awards. Today’s honoree is Lorendia Schmidt, Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act Administrator (CAPTA) in the Division of Child Welfare. Congratulations, Lorendia!

For almost four years, Lorendia has served as the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) administrator for the Division of Child Welfare. In her role, she ensures that the CAPTA goals are achieved, working closely with other divisions and offices in CDHS, as well as establishing and maintaining relationships with external stakeholders. She is the assigned subject matter expert for several counties and has received accolades for her development of relationships and ongoing support of county partners.  

Rattlesnake Arches

May 4, 2017- The Grand Mesa Youth Services Center Hiking Club ventured out on a new trail, the Rattlesnake Arches. The trip included a few new youth that had previously struggled, but found interest in the hiking club and saw it as an incentive to work hard. By achieving goals in their treatment and education programming, they earned a spot on the hiking club, allowing the
youth to leave the facility for the first time. 

Welcome to the new Colorado Department of Human Services website

The Colorado Department of Human Services is excited to introduce our new website at

The website design is person-centered, geared to the populations CDHS serves and to our partners. Key information including county contacts, benefits assistance, the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline and Colorado Crisis Services is featured prominently on the homepage.