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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.

Colorado's response to Afghanistan situation and support for Afghan arrivals

The State of Colorado is committed to providing the most accurate and up-to-date information we can. Click here to find information and resources about and for Afghan people arriving in Colorado.

Potential data breach involving CDHS vendor Sound Generations

Sound Generations, a Colorado Department of Human Services vendor, advised the department that they experienced a potential data breach after discovering that an unauthorized party gained access to its computer systems on July 18, 2021, and Sept. 18, 2021. The data involved people who were involved in a fall prevention program called A Matter of Balance. The personal information Sound Generations receives is typically limited to demographic and health information, including name, address, phone number, email, date of birth, and whether or not its clients have health insurance. Sound Generations has received no indication that client information has been used to commit fraud. Click here to learn more.

Recent press releases

June 13, 2022
The Colorado Department of Human Services' Food Distribution Programs have received $844,261 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service to improve The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).
May 26, 2022
House Bill 22-1278 was signed into law today, officially establishing the duties of Colorado's Behavioral Health Administration, set to launch on July 1. The BHA is a new state agency tasked with transforming mental health care and substance use treatment in Colorado. 
May 25, 2022
The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) is calling for applications to the Colorado Commission on Aging. This expanded commission comes as Colorado is celebrating Older Adult Month.

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