Human Services

The people of Colorado are safe, healthy and prepared to achieve their greatest aspirations. 
Collaborating with our partners, our mission is to design and deliver high quality human services and health care that improve the safety, independence and well-being of the people of Colorado.


The Colorado Department of Human Services collaborates with partners in State and county governments, nonprofits, and others to design and deliver high-quality health and human services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. Specifically, the Department assists struggling Colorado families who need food, cash, and energy assistance; families in need of safe and affordable child care; children at risk of abuse or neglect; provides care and services to individuals with developmental disabilities; youth who have violated the law and need structure and guidance to grow into responsible and compassionate adults; Coloradans who need effective treatment for mental illness or substance abuse issues; and families who need resources to care for their elderly parents and for Colorado’s war heroes. The Department’s staff is committed to providing the right services to the right people in the right setting at the right time.

Beyond the Executive Director’s Office the Department is split into seven management offices each led by an office Director. The intent of the seven management offices is to provide a leadership structure that enables and facilitates a cross system approach to the human services programs in Colorado. The seven management offices are:

  1.  Office of Performance and Strategic Outcomes
  2.  Office of Administrative Solutions
  3.  Office of Behavioral Health
  4.  Office of Children, Youth and Families
  5.  Office of Community Access and Independence
  6.  Office of Early Childhood
  7.  Office of Economic Security

Performance Plans