The Colorado Department of Human Services connects people with assistance, resources and support for living independently in our state. CDHS is made up of five public-facing offices and several internal-facing offices. Visit the About CDHS page to view our mission, vision, values and guiding principles.
For a complete list of divisions and programs within each office, expand the gray bars below. Scroll down to view our org chart and read leadership bios.
Offices, divisions and programs
Office of Adult, Aging and Disability Services
The Office of Adult, Aging and Disability Services fosters independence to Coloradans through access to seamless and responsive personalized service. The office focuses on services and programs benefiting older adults, people with disabilities, and veterans and veterans’ spouses requiring skilled nursing and domiciliary care.
- Divisions and programs
- Adult Protective Services
- State Unit on Aging
- Colorado Commission on Aging
- Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons
- Bruce McCandless Veterans Community Living Center at Florence
- Veterans Community Living Center at Homelake
- Veterans Community Living Center at Rifle
- Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center at Walsenburg
- Colorado Veterans Community Living Center Commission
Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health
The Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health provides strategy, oversight, monitoring and operation of two Colorado Mental Health Hospitals, as well as a Forensic Services division.
Office of Children, Youth and Families
The Office of Children, Youth and Families is responsible for the coordination of quality and effective services for Colorado’s most vulnerable children, youth and their families. The office supervises Colorado's child welfare system and operates the state's youth services system, as well as several other programs.
- Divisions and programs
- Organizational Support
- Youth Services
- Research, Analysis and Data
- Placement Services
- Child Protection Services
- Colorado Sexual Health Initiative
- Domestic Violence Program
- Juvenile Parole Board
- Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program
- Youth Services Centers
- Aspire Youth Services Center
- Gilliam Youth Services Center
- Golden Peak Youth Services Center
- Grand Mesa Youth Services Center
- Marvin W. Foote Youth Services Center
- Mount View Youth Services Center
- Platte Valley Youth Services Center
- Prairie Vista Youth Services Center
- Pueblo Youth Services Center
- Spring Creek Youth Services Center
- Summit Youth Services Center
- Zebulon Pike Youth Services Center
- Regional offices
Medical Oversight Unit
Judicial and Legislation
Office of Economic Security
The Office of Economic Security provides income, nutritional and support services to those in need. Primary programs include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), and several employment programs.
- Divisions and programs
Division of Food and Energy Assistance
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
- Food Distribution Programs
Division of Economic and Workforce Support
- Colorado Works (TANF)
- Adult Financial Programs
- Colorado Employment First
- Colorado Refugee Services Program
- Colorado Works Subsidized Training and Employment Program
- ReHire Colorado
- Senior Community Service Employment Program
Staff Development Division
Community Partnerships builds relationships within the department and with communities across the state to serve Coloradans effectively. The office also oversees several CDHS offices, as well as Boards and Commissions, Community and Family Engagement, and County Services.
- Divisions and units
Implementation and Strategic Planning
County and Tribal Liaisons
Community and Family Engagement
- State Board of Human Services
- Governor-appointed boards and commissions
- Internal boards and commissions
- Policy Advisory Committee
Administrative Solutions provides support services to help CDHS's offices, divisions and programs achieve their goals and make our agency as efficient, effective and impactful as possible.
- Divisions and units
Business Innovation, Technology and Security
- Project Management
- Business Innovation
- Technology Product Owner
- Security/IT Compliance
- Technology Contract Management
- Office of Appeals
- Quality Assurance
Leadership and Organizational Development
- Emergency Management
- Facilities Management
- Performance Management
Financial Services is responsible for CDHS's more than $2 billion budget. The office's primary functions are accounting, budgets and policy, and contracts and procurement.
Budget and Policy
CDHS's Legislative Affairs office develops the agency's legislative agenda and coordinates relationships with the state legislative branch, community stakeholders and Colorado's counties.
View our most recent legislative agenda.
Leadership and management team
Michelle Barnes is the executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services. She was appointed in 2019 and oversees a broad portfolio of programs to help Coloradans thrive. Barnes has held a variety of leadership positions in the nonprofit sector and the outdoor industry. She spent more than a decade as an interim CEO for organizations experiencing significant transition, including Food Bank of the Rockies, Senior Housing Options and Outward Bound. Other roles were in youth development, domestic violence and early childhood education. Previously, Barnes was a tech sector marketing executive. She holds an MBA from UCLA and a BA from William and Mary.
Pedro Almeida is the deputy executive director of Administrative Solutions. Almeida came to CDHS in 2022 after spending the last five years as chief operations officer for the El Paso County School District 49, where he provided effective support in facilities planning, safety and security, information technology, transportation, nutrition services and more for 30 schools serving 24,000 students. Previously, Almeida had an extensive career in the U.S. Army. As chief of staff, he supervised a three-star command staff, overseeing human resources, logistics, budgeting, and strategic and operational planning in 54 African countries. As brigade commander, he was responsible for all staff functions of a 4,000-person organization.
Anne-Marie Braga is the deputy executive director of Community Partnerships. Braga came to CDHS in 2019 with 25 years of experience in the health and human services field. She is responsible for operational oversight of the external entities and agencies with whom the department contracts and partners. Braga provides supervision for the Office of Children, Youth and Families; Office of Economic Security; Office of Early Childhood; Aging and Adult Services; Office of Behavioral Health Community Programs; County Services; and Client Services/Controlled Correspondence.
Perry May is the deputy executive director of health facilities. Joining CDHS in 2019, May provides supervision to the chief medical officer; the Office of Adult, Aging and Disability Services; the Office of Children, Youth and Families; and the Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health. This supervision includes oversight of the 10 facilities within the Division of Youth Services, the three Regional Centers, the two Mental Health Hospitals, and the three Veterans Community Living Centers. May was previously the executive director of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health-Colorado.
Clint Woodruff is the deputy executive director of Financial Services and chief financial officer. Financial Services is responsible for the oversight of the department's $2 billion+ budget and includes the Budget, Accounting, and Contracts and Procurement divisions. Woodruff joined CDHS in 2012 as the controller. He is a certified public accountant with more than 25 years' experience in finance and accounting and previously held executive finance roles with Champps Entertainment, U.S. Nursing, and Spicy Pickle.
Kevin Neimond is the director of policy and legislative affairs. Neimond develops the department's policy and legislative agenda in coordination with the executive director, deputy executive directors, executive management team and legislative liaisons. He is responsible for the coordination of relationships with the legislative branch, community stakeholders and counties. Neimond was previously a staffer for the Colorado General Assembly's Joint Budget Committee, from 2009-19, and served as the Colorado House of Representatives' reading clerk, from 2007-09.
Yolanda Webb is the director of the Office of Adult, Aging and Disability Services. Webb takes the lead in providing policy, performance management, fiscal and administrative tools, and instruction to 64 county social services departments, five state veterans' homes, and three Regional Centers. Joining CDHS in 2019, she has more than 25 years of experience working with adults with disabilities, the adult and aging population, and services to veterans and their caregivers.
Leora Joseph is the director of the Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health. Joseph oversees the two Mental Health Hospitals and Forensic Services, which supports individuals throughout their involvement with the justice system to encourage sustained stability. She previously served as chief of the Child Protection Unit in the Boston (Suffolk County) District Attorney's Office and chief of the Special Victims Unit in Colorado’s 18th Judicial District. Joseph has received numerous awards, including the Ralph Martin Prosecutor of the Year Award (2008) and the Colorado Woman Lawyer of the Year (2016).
Minna Castillo Cohen
Minna Castillo Cohen is the director of the Office of Children, Youth and Families. Since 2017, Castillo Cohen has directed the operations of programs and facilities that improve the safety, independence and well-being of Colorado's children, youth and families. She oversees Child Welfare, Youth Services and the Domestic Violence Program — as well as the Colorado Juvenile Parole Board, the Colorado Sexual Health Initiative (CoSHI) and the Medical Oversight Unit. She has served for 20 years in the nonprofit sector, with all of her work focused on serving children, youth and families.
Ki'i Powell is the director of the Office of Economic Security. Powell directs the operations of programs that provide income, nutritional and support services to those in need, including Child Support Services; Colorado Works (Colorado’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program), Food and Nutrition Services (including Colorado’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), and Refugee Services. Powell has worked with CDHS since 2010. Her previous roles were as research and evaluation manager and Performance Management director in the Division of Child Welfare, where she built and managed the CDHS performance management approach known as C-Stat.
Renée Marquardt, M.D.
Renée Marquardt, M.D., is the chief medical officer. Marquardt serves as the internal consultant to CDHS regarding medical and psychiatric oversight and planning. She has more than 20 years of medical experience, including extensive work with child welfare, developmentally disabled and juvenile justice populations. She also has a background in child development and neuroscience research and clinical program development and oversight. Marquardt is board certified in child adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry.
Mark Techmeyer is the director of communications. Techmeyer is responsible for CDHS's overall communications strategy, media relations, issues and crisis management, and all external and internal communications. He joined CDHS in 2018 after 12 years as the public information officer and director of public affairs for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Techmeyer has extensive experience in crisis communications as well as brand protection and promotion.