Press Release

Colorado SNAP recipients can use EBT cards online at Safeway and Albertsons

As Coloradans continue to navigate life during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Colorado Department of Human Services wants to remind residents of grocery options available to families participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that allows the use of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards to make safe, contactless purchases online.

Colorado and four Latin American consulates to collaborate in child welfare cases

CDHS has entered into a formal agreement with the Consulate of El Salvador in Aurora, the Consulate General of Guatemala in Denver, the Consulate General of Honduras in Dallas and the Consulate General of Mexico in Denver to share information and collaborate when a child or youth who is a national of one of those four countries is involved in an open child welfare case in Colorado.

Colorado crisis line continues record-breaking volume during COVID-19 pandemic

Colorado Crisis Services continues to field a record-breaking number of calls and texts during the COVID-19 pandemic, topping 24,800 services last month alone. Calls and texts to the crisis line have steadily increased during the pandemic. Average monthly volume was up more than 33 percent between March and October, with an all-time high of 24,843 contacts in October. 

Colorado receives $7.5 million grant to support fathers

CDHS's Office of Early Childhood was awarded a $7.5 million Colorado Fatherhood Grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families. The grant will provide services across seven sites in Colorado and is designed to serve adult fathers age 18 and older through fatherhood partnerships. The program will serve 1,820 eligible fathers over five years. 

CDHS recognizes five adoptive families in celebration of National Adoption Month

In celebration of National Adoption Month and to encourage more Coloradans to adopt from foster care, CDHS recognized five adoptive families from across the state on Saturday in a virtual celebration. The families were joined by CDHS leadership, caseworkers and adoption professionals from county departments of human/social services, child placement agencies and the families’ loved ones from across the country for a virtual celebration. 

Colorado Heart Gallery celebrates 15 years of connecting children in foster care with adoptive families

The Colorado Heart Gallery is celebrating its 15th anniversary this November for National Adoption Month. Since 2015, 290 children and youth who have been featured on the Colorado Heart Gallery have been adopted. The Colorado Heart Gallery features portraits, narratives and videos to help prospective families get to know children and youth in foster care who are awaiting adoption. 

Colorado adds Western Slope route to opioid use disorder mobile health services program

CDHS's Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) has added a new Western Slope route to our mobile health services program that provides opioid use disorder treatment to rural and frontier communities. OBH’s mobile health services program dispatches mobile health units — six Winnebagos transformed into health clinics and one SUV — to areas with high opioid overdose rates and scarce treatment options.

Colorado awards $4.3 million in grants to prevent substance use disorder

DENVER (Sept. 28, 2020) — The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) awarded nearly $4.3 million in grants to fund 26 prevention programs that serve Colorado youth and families, some of which are receiving OBH funds for the first time.   

OBH funds prevention programs that aim to lower rates of substance misuse by promoting the wellbeing of children and families. 

Colorado partners with local company to safely deliver food to low-income families

DENVER (Sept. 29, 2020) — The Colorado Department of Human Services Food and Energy Assistance Division (FEAD) has teamed up with local company Mobilize Comms to develop a platform that allows food distribution services, such as food banks and food pantries, to better deliver goods to families in need while maintaining proper social distancing.