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Welcome to the Colorado Department of Human Services.
We're the people who help people.

CDHS supports people and families by connecting them with assistance, resources and support at every stage of their lives. We serve Coloradans through bold and innovative health and human services. And together, we empower Coloradans to thrive.

Benefits assistance

CDHS helps ensure Coloradans have what they need to live a stable life now and in the future. We can help your family consistently put food on the table, heat your home, find livable-wage work, and afford basic necessities. Visit our Benefits Assistance page to learn more.

I want to ...

Looking for information on how to apply for benefits assistance, find a quality child care program, locate behavioral health services, or contact CDHS staff members? Our "I want to" page can help you navigate our website and find what you're looking for.

Find my county

Many of CDHS's programs, benefits and services — such as food and heating assistance and child welfare — are administered by county human services departments. Use our clickable map to locate and connect with your county's department of human services.

Get help with a behavioral health crisis

Colorado Crisis Services offers free, confidential, 24/7 counseling support to people who are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. No matter what you’re going through, you don’t have to go through it alone. Call 1-844-493-TALK, or text TALK to 38255. 

Report abuse of a child or older adult

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, please call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 844-CO-4-KIDS. To report abuse or neglect of an older adult, visit our Adult Protective Services page for contact information.

Information about COVID-19 and benefits and services

CDHS would like to remind the public that services and benefits are available to help families and individuals who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. For information about how to obtain services and benefits, click here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: 2-1-1 Colorado connects Coloradans to critical resources such as housing assistance, food support, help with utility bills and more. Visit their website or dial 2-1-1 on your phone.

FOOD ASSISTANCE FAQ: Visit this page for information, resources and answers to frequently asked questions about SNAP and other food programs in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

LEGAL NOTICE: CDHS's legal director has issued this Service of Process notice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recent press releases

July 21, 2021
The Colorado Department of Human Services has launched a statewide campaign, including public service announcements and outreach materials, to encourage families to fill out school meal applications for the 2021-22 school year.
July 13, 2021
CDHS is celebrating Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Awareness Month throughout July as its Office of Behavioral Health plans to invest about $5 million in behavioral health equity initiatives. 
June 16, 2021
Michelle Barnes, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, and Mary Alice Cohen, director of the Office of Early Childhood, released the following statement on Colorado Senate Bill 21-201.

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