The Community outreach meeting took place at the Rawlings Library. It was the final stop of the Department’s 2015 Summer Planning Tour.
CDHS Executive Director Reggie Bicha and members of the executive management team met with local residents and delivered a presentation on findings and trends in human services. Then, the CDHS team posed questions to those in attendance in an effort to get feedback on the direction and delivery of human services. Topics of discussion included aging and adult services, child welfare programs, early childhood care and learning, economic security programs, behavioral health services, and data and performance measures.
During the first week of August the planning tour visited Burlington, Lamar, La Junta, Durango and Alamosa. Other visits included Fort Collins, Glenwood Springs, Sterling and Castle Rock. The Department also held two employee sessions –one in Rifle and another in Greenwood Village.
“We see this as a great opportunity to get out, meet some of our clients around the state and get feedback that is essential to ensuring the effective, efficient and elegant delivery of human and health services across Colorado,” Bicha said.
This is the fifth consecutive year that CDHS leadership has conducted summer tours throughout Colorado. The efforts have resulted in “collaboration between human services administrators and stakeholders, a more complete effort to plan strategically, and a more accurate course to achieve the Department’s goals for the future,” Bicha said.
The CDHS 2015 Summer Planning Tour and efforts to engage local communities and incorporate feedback into organizational planning is in keeping with CDHS’ mission: to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado.