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The people of Colorado are safe, healthy and are prepared to achieve their greatest aspirations. 


Collaborating with our partners, our mission is to design and deliver high-quality human and health services 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:

The Office of Performance and Strategic Outcomes (OPSO) is a strategic partner with Departmental programmatic offices to advance their operations. The role of OPSO is to be a collaborative partner and provide an independent third party perspective through data analysis in order to inform action. The Office includes the following three divisions Audit; Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement; and Performance Management. These Divisions provide a variety of services that collect, organize, analyze data and share it to improve operations and performance across the Department and with county partners and contractors.

The Office of Administrative Solutions (OAS) is responsible for the administrative functions necessary to support the Department’s programmatic operations. The wide array of services OAS provides includes: emergency planning and response, workers’ compensation administration, building maintenance, long-range infrastructure and capital asset planning, human resources and coordinating technology needs with the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT). OAS is overseen by the Director of OAS and is comprised of the Division of Facilities Management (DFM), Human Resources (HR), and the Business Technology Unit (BTU).

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is responsible for developing and implementing the statewide plan for a comprehensive behavioral health care system, policy development, service provision and coordination, program monitoring and evaluation and administrative oversight of the public behavioral health system in the State of Colorado. OBH includes the Division of Community Behavioral Health, consisting of mental health and substance use community programs, and the Division of Mental Health Institutes, consisting of two Colorado Mental Health Institutes and Forensic Services. Both divisions are supported by the Strategy, Communications, and Policy team, and their respective Finance and Data and Evaluation teams.

The Office of Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF) is responsible for the design and delivery of high-quality health and human services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of Colorado’s children, youth and families. The OCYF houses two divisions and several programs; the Division of Child Welfare, the Division of Youth Services and the Domestic Violence Program, as well as the Colorado Juvenile Parole Board and the Medical Oversight Committee. Each is uniquely organized and pursues defined goals to best collaborate with community partners to achieve a shared vision for Colorado’s children, youth and families. The Office is responsible for the coordination of quality and effective services for Colorado’s most vulnerable children, youth and their families.

The Office of Community Access and Independence (OCAI) includes the Division of Disability Determination Services, the Division for Regional Center Operations, the Colorado Veterans Community Living Centers, and the Division of Aging & Adult Services. Additionally, the Office oversees the Colorado Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities; the Colorado Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind; Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council; and Mindsource Brain Injury Network. The Office provides oversight for the administration of programs for older adults, at-risk adults, veterans, and individuals with a disability.

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) was created in June 2012 to provide leadership, guidance and support to develop high-quality environments for young children, and promote equitable access to inclusive programs and services for all children from birth through age eight and their families. The OEC is aligned with the Early Childhood Colorado Framework and works to ensure all children are valued, healthy and thriving by striving to realize three goals: (1) ensure all Colorado children have access to safe, stable and nurturing environments, (2) are supported in developing individual resilience and (3) are ready for school when entering Kindergarten. This includes promoting access to safe high-quality child care; facilitating State and community partnerships that address the needs of young children and their families; and, providing professional development, technical assistance and resources for personnel in early care and learning settings. Activities of the Office include the development and implementation of policy, data collection and evaluation, leadership for systems development of early childhood initiatives, and collaboration among programs and agencies. The Office of Early Childhood has two Divisions, the Division of Early Care and Learning and the Division of Community and Family Support.

The Office of Economic Security (OES) provides employment, income, nutritional, and support services to those in need. Through those supports, OES endeavors that the clients served can achieve stability, well-being and the realization of their full potential. The Office consists of three divisions, the Division of Food and Energy, the Division of Employment and Benefits and the Division of Child Support Services.

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