The Executive Management Team of the Colorado Department of Human Services will visit Mesa from 8-9:30 a.m. County on Aug. 9 as part of its summer planning tour, an annual event bringing Department leadership together with the communities it serves to discuss plans for the future.
The session will be held at the Old Courthouse (544 Rood Ave., Public Hearing Room, 2nd floor, Grand Junction). Executive Director Reggie Bicha will present the priorities for the Department in the upcoming year, review gains made in 2015-2016, and discuss challenges moving forward.
Members of the public, media and other stakeholders are invited to take part in discussions on pertinent issues affecting citizens statewide, as representatives from CDHS’s seven offices also will be on hand to answer questions in small groups. Those subject-matter areas encompass Children, Youth and Families, Early Childhood, Economic Security, Community Access and Independence, Administrative Solutions, Behavioral Health, and Performance and Strategic Outcomes.
“We want to know what successful strategies in individual communities might be able to be replicated across the state and how CDHS can better support the human services work being done on the ground in places like Mesa County,” Bicha said.
Mesa County has been statistically strong in several areas within the last year. It has processed more than 95 percent of applications in a timely manner for the Adult Financial, Colorado Works, and Food Assistance programs. Processing applications efficiently ensures eligible Coloradans have the access they need to resources that increase their economic security. Additionally, Mesa County excels at timely response to child welfare abuse and neglect assessments. Timely initial response improves child safety and reduces the potential for further abuse.
A key purpose of the tour is identifying overarching challenges and opportunities in all areas and pinpointing the state’s role, if any, in addressing those subjects.
The optimal outcome is a shared vision between staff, stakeholders and county partners that align with Colorado’s requirements under the “State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act.”