Through early childhood education, adult and child protection, job training, food assistance, medicaid, mediation and other programs, the Human Services Department helps people step toward better, safer lives.
Community Wide Strategic Plan Jefferson County Human Services is serving as the convener of an inclusive and broad collaborative process to create a community-wide vision and plan for the delivery of human services in the county.
Jefferson County Department of Human Services Offers a Variety of Services
1. Community Assistance http://jeffco.us/commassist/index.htm
Aging and Adult Services provides:
Long-Term Care Eligibility or financial eligibility determination for persons needing nursing home or in-home services paid through Medicaid
Options for Long Term Care (OLTC) case management for persons in Medicaid-paid in-home and facility-based care
Adult Protective Services case management for adults at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation
Veterans Services to assist veterans with claims for services-connected compensation, pension, burial, medical treatment, GI Bill, vocational training
The SOAR Grant to assist homeless/disabled navigate the Social Security system
Economic and Medical Assistance Services provides:
Food Assistance or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as food stamps
Medical Assistance including Medicaid, Children’s Health Plan [CHP+] and other medical assistance programs
Financial Assistance including Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or TANF, Old Age Pension, and Aid to the Needy Disabled
Low-income Energy Assistance Plan [LEAP]
2. Career and Family Services
Connects job seekers with companies looking for talent in the
Offers everything a job seeker needs from Internet access to fax and copy machines.
Offers dozens of free classes monthly from resume writing to professional networking.
Provides special services for veterans and youth seeking a job for the first time.
Offers intensive training services and money for education for those that qualify.
Helps businesses with hiring, training, retention and expansion.
Helps Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) seek stability and self-sufficiency by planning for the future and providing basic supports
Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
Provides financial assistance, support services, and child care options to families seeking stability and self-sufficiency. Parents served are:
• searching for work (up to 30 days)
• younger than 22 in a high school diploma program
• pursuing a post-secondary degree or certificate (up to 24 months)
• enrolled in GED, ESL, or Adult Basic Education
Child Support Services http://jeffco.us/cse/index.htm
Partners with parents to meet the financial and emotional needs of children.
Reimburses the county for public assistance and foster care costs.
Avoids families needing to be on public assistance.
Core services provided are:
• Establishing paternity, child support orders, medical coverage orders and foster care fees.
• Enforcement of the orders, including collection of child support arrears balances, and review and modification of existing child support orders.
3. Children, Youth and Families http://jeffco.us/cyf/index.htm
Investigates allegations of child abuse and neglect.
Provides protective services to children and youth who are at-risk, or are victims of child abuse and/or neglect.
Assists in reducing or eliminating conflicts between youth and their family members or the community when those conflicts affect the youth’s well-being, the normal functioning of the family or the well-being of the community, or in re-establishing family stability. There are two target groups:
• Children and youth who are beyond the control of their parents or guardians.
• Children and youth whose behavior is such that there is a likelihood they may cause harm to themselves or to others or who have committed acts that could cause them to be adjudicated a delinquent child by the court.
Provides services to children and families in need of subsidized adoption or Medicaid
only services, or to children for whom the goal is no longer reunification with their parents (emancipating from foster care youth). The purpose of these services is permanency planning.
Certifies, trains and provides supportive services to foster, adoptive and kin parents.
4. Justice Services http://jeffco.us/js/index.htm
Provides screening and placement recommendation for adult and juvenile offenders being considered for diversion or transfer from incarceration; oversees private community correction services, monitors offender progress and program standards compliance.
Provides individual public service labor placements and work crews as an alternative sentence to jail and as an economic benefit to County agencies, other governments and charitable non-profit programs.2ce Sentences
Provides conflict resolution/mediation services to assist county agencies and residents to resolve disputes. The range in types of cases includes neighborhood disputes, child support and custody sharing, small claims, restraining orders, animal control, land use disputes, parent-teacher-student conflicts, etc. Visit Mediation Services here: http://jeffco.us/js/js_T117_R7.htm
2009 Mediation Services
Evaluates arrestees and recommends bond and release conditions for the court, supervises defendants granted pretrial release, ensures attendance at scheduled court appearances and compliance with conditions of bond release. It reduces the cost of pretrial incarceration, ensures court appearance, and reduces new crime by bond released defendants.
Provides planning, research, and evaluation services to the justice agencies which serve
5. Community Development http://jeffco.us/commdev/index.htm
Administers federal Block Grants to address housing, economic, infrastructure and resource needs for low to moderate income populations in
6. Jefferson County Head Start http://jeffco.us/head/index.htm
Provides a comprehensive child-focused and family-centered preschool program with a range of individualized services in the areas of education, early childhood development, medical, dental, mental health, nutrition, family support, and parent involvement. The preschool educational program is for children ages 3 to 5. Eligible families are at the 100% poverty level.
Welfare Fraud Hotline 303-271-4287
Child Abuse Hotline 303-271-HELP (4357)
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT JEFFERSON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
Additional Volunteer Programs
The Children, Youth and Families Division (child abuse and neglect, foster care and adoption) has a formal volunteer program. Opportunities available include:
at-risk youth Mentor
- Provide family mentoring
- Support foster and adoptive families
- Provide child care
- Donate and distribute donations
- Collaborate with the faith based community
- Tutor youth to improve academic performance
- Bake cookies
- Create a volunteer position that utilizes your unique talents and skills
Jefferson County Head Start in
- Grounds Keeping
- Library Aide
- Parking Lot Attendant
- Classroom Aide
- Food Prep
- Special Events
- Recruitment Aide
- Child Care
- Specialty Areas such as plumbing, translation, parenting classes, video production, etc.
Contact Jacki Alarid, Community Outreach Supervisor at 720-497-7906 or 720-891-7098