October 13, 2015 (Denver, CO) – The Colorado Department of Human Services announced today the state of Colorado has been honored by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) for its universal application for public assistance benefits.
Launched in 2014, the universal application project focused on adding 12 programs to the Colorado PEAK portal – an online application and benefits management tool for Coloradans who need health coverage, help buying groceries, financial assistance, job readiness education/tools, help with childcare, and more.
The universal application was released in a three-phase approach aiming to hit key target dates in June 2014, November 2014 and March 2015.
NASCIO honored Colorado in the category of Cross Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships. The universal application project was created in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Information Technology and several other state agencies.
“What we’ve been able to do with this universal application is have one location, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for Coloradans to seek assistance,” said Reggie Bicha, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services. “Anybody can go on and apply for programs that will help them get the tools that they need to move to the middle class.”
NASCIO Recognition Awards are presented annually to states that have implemented exceptional programs that have made important contributions to state government operations. The NASCIO awards committee selected Colorado’s universal application project as one of 11 award recipients from among 44 finalists.
Awards were presented at the NASCIO 2015 Annual Conference on Monday, Oct. 12 at the State Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Salt Lake City, UT. For more information on the awards please visit: http://www.nascio.org/Awards/SIT/2015.