CDHS press releases

Stay informed about what's going on at the Colorado Department of Human Services with our press releases. If you would like to be added to our distribution list or view press releases prior to last year, contact Madlynn Ruble, deputy communications director, at

2022 press releases

CDHS hires new chief equity, diversity and inclusion officer (Sept. 23)

Introducing Colorado's new Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health (Sept. 22)

Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons ranked No. 1 by Newsweek (Aug. 15)

August proclaimed to be Child Support Awareness Month (Aug. 2)

CDHS hires Pedro Almeida as deputy executive director (July 26)

CDHS hires first director of homelessness initiatives (July 19)

CDHS names new director of the Office of Behavioral Health (July 18)

Colorado food assistance program receives grant from USDA (June 13)

Bill to establish Behavioral Health Administration signed into law (May 25)

CDHS calls for applicants to Colorado Commission on Aging, celebrates Older Adult Month (May 24)

Gov. Polis, Mothers’ Milk Bank announce partnership to address formula shortage (May 17)

Colorado’s youth have extended access to free therapy (May 11)

Five Colorado families recognized in celebration of National Foster Care Month (May 9)

Colorado among first in nation to gain approval for ongoing P-EBT child care program (April 11)

CDHS statement on ‘CODA’ winning three Academy Awards (March 28)

Polis administration announces child care grant program to save Colorado families money, support child care workforce (March 8)

Calls to Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline increase as more mandatory reporters are seeing kids in person (March 7)

CDHS celebrates behavioral health care transformation with the introduction of HB22-1278 (March 4)

CDHS announces early childhood mental health support line (March 2)

Fellows named to national equity-grounded behavioral health leadership program (Feb. 28)

Colorado families will continue to receive nutrition benefits for the 2021-22 school year (Feb. 28)

CDHS increases access to quality sign language interpreting services in rural communities (Feb. 14)

Increased emergency SNAP benefits continue in 2022 (Feb. 2)

CDHS encourages Coloradans to apply for LEAP on National Energy Assistance Day (Feb. 1)

CDHS vendor experiences potential data breach in fall prevention program (Jan. 27)

I Matter program gains momentum, addresses growing stress and anxiety facing youth (Jan. 26)

Polis administration makes key resources available for child care providers (Jan. 21)

Colorado activates disaster food benefits for communities affected by Boulder fires (Jan. 20)

Colorado is requesting donations to support resettling Afghans (Jan. 12)

CDHS announces launch of monthly food box for older adults (Jan. 11)

Gov. Polis announces Dr. Morgan Medlock as behavioral health commissioner (Jan. 4)

2021 press releases

$9 million in funding awarded to expand local behavioral health programs (Dec. 30)

CDHS makes Child Support Services more accessible for Coloradans (Dec. 22)

Successful pandemic food assistance program has supported 500,000 Colorado children and families (Dec. 21)

CDHS staff update legislators on efforts to reform the state’s behavioral health system (Dec. 17)

Statement on behavioral health transformation from CDHS Executive Director Michelle Barnes and HCPF Executive Director Kim Bimestefer (Dec. 15)

Recovery Cards Project increases free card order limit for the holidays (Dec. 13)

Dr. Victoria Trapp named new CEO of Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan (Dec. 3)

Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo awarded accreditation from The Joint Commission (Dec. 3)

211 Colorado now offers behavioral health navigation for unemployed Coloradans (Nov. 18)

CDHS releases recommendations of the Safe Child Care Task Force (Nov. 17)

Polis approves funding for 64 additional beds for inpatient competency services (Nov. 10)

Colorado’s Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) to open for season Nov. 1 (Oct. 28)

Polis-Primavera Administration Launches Historic Program to Connect Youth to Free Counseling Sessions (Oct. 27)

CDHS receives $1 million grant for child support services (Oct. 25)

CDHS releases statement on 988 (Oct. 22)

Colorado delivers more than $13.5 million to families in need (Oct. 15)

CDHS-funded co-responder programs effectively reducing arrests and improving access to services (Oct. 13)

State releases draft plan for new Department of Early Childhood, calls for public comment (Oct. 8)

Coloradans to see increase to SNAP benefits (Sept. 22)

State launches work and education opportunities for Coloradans (Sept. 21)

Governor appoints new commissioners to Early Childhood Leadership Commission (Sept. 7)

September is National Recovery Month in Colorado (Sept. 2)

CDHS dedicates $920,000 to CU Anschutz mental wellness program for health care workers and educators (Aug. 23)

State agencies with 24/7 facilities to require COVID-19 vaccinations for staff members (Aug. 17)

CDHS and CDE distribute backpacks with materials to support kindergarten readiness to libraries and migrant families (Aug. 16)

CDHS announces continuation of free sign language interpretation service for rural Coloradans (Aug. 5)

Gov. Polis and CDHS declare August to be Child Support Awareness Month (Aug. 3)

CDHS launches PSAs to encourage families to fill out school meal applications (July 21)

CDHS celebrates BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month in July (July 13)

CDHS statement on SB 201, the Elle Matthews Act for Increased Safety in Child Care (June 16)

Colorado receives $94 million federal funding boost for behavioral health services (June 14)

CDHS announces Safe Child Care Task Force (June 3)

P-EBT benefits coming to SNAP households with children under age 6 (June 2)

CDHS awards seven community grantees through the Colorado Fatherhood Program (May 28)

CDHS launches public service campaign to promote food benefits for Colorado children (May 17)

Ten counties recognized by CDHS for outstanding performance (May 5)

CDHS, CDA release Food Pantry Assistance Grant report (May 4)

CDHS calls for public comment on Colorado’s child care development plan (April 29)

Bill to support unemployed Coloradans’ mental health passes committee (April 26)

Gov. Polis signs bill to transform Colorado's behavioral health system (April 22)

Colorado families with school-aged kids to again receive P-EBT food benefits (April 14)

Notice: Coloradans to experience delayed food assistance benefits (April 1)

Colorado begins planning for 9-8-8 suicide prevention number (March 17)

Bill to create new state Behavioral Health Administration passes committee (March 9)

One year into COVID-19 pandemic, CDHS continues to offer important services to Coloradans (March 8)

CDHS partners with Children’s Hospital Colorado to vaccinate child care providers against COVID-19 (March 4)

CDHS offers grants to expand access and availability of licensed child care (March 3)

Colorado youth selected for state behavioral health leadership program (Feb. 19)

Licensed child care providers and staff can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine (Jan. 29)

CDHS and Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to expand supportive housing services (Jan. 28)

$35 million in relief grants available to Colorado child care providers (Jan. 11)