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CDHS increases access to quality sign language interpreting services in rural communities

| Feb 18, 2022 | Colorado

The Colorado Department of Human Services has launched the Colorado Rural Interpreter Skills Enhancement (RISE) Project. The program recruits and trains American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters to work in rural areas that often have little to no access to quality interpreting services for needs such as medical appointments, legal or...[ Read More ]

State releases draft plan for new Department of Early Childhood, calls for public comment

| Oct 8, 2021 | Colorado

Today, the State of Colorado released the first draft of a plan to establish the Department of Early Childhood that will align and strengthen the state’s early childhood care and education services and programs, including the voter-approved, voluntary, universal preschool program. The draft Department of Early Childhood Transition Plan, which...[ Read More ]

'Massive, unprecedented' stakeholder input going into Colorado's Behavioral Health Administration

| Aug 23, 2021 | Colorado

The stakeholder input being incorporated into Colorado’s in-development Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) is “massive” and “unprecedented,” according to Michelle Barnes, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Under HB 21-1097 -- signed in April by Gov. Jared Polis -- Barnes’ department is responsible for implementing the BHA....[ Read More ]

Development of Behavioral Health Administration underway in Colorado

| Jun 15, 2021 | Colorado

Following the passage of HB 1097, the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) is in the preliminary stages of developing its ambitious Behavioral Health Administration (BHA). Robert Werthwein, the director of the department’s Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), says a considerable amount of stakeholder engagement remains before CDHS finalizes an...[ Read More ]

Colorado receives $94 million federal funding boost for behavioral health services

| Jun 14, 2021 | Colorado

The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) will receive more than $94 million in additional federal block grant funding to increase substance use and mental health services over the next four years as the state responds to higher demand brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  OBH...[ Read More ]

CDHS awards seven community grantees through the Colorado Fatherhood Program

| May 28, 2021 | Colorado

The Colorado Department of Human Services announced today that seven community sites across Colorado have been selected to provide services to fathers with funding support from a $7.5 million grant. The grant funding created the five-year Colorado Fatherhood Program, which seeks to support fathers to sustain healthy relationships, reinforce responsible...[ Read More ]