* 1. Name

* 2. Organization (if applicable)

* 3. Email Address

* 4. Which 2013 Strategic Plan Tour Town Hall did you attend?

* 5. If you were the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, what one thing would you change?

* 6. How can CDHS best help parents help their children prepare for kindergarten and ensure their success in school?


A FEW FACTS:

In 2011, there were 109,000 slots in Colorado’s licensed child care settings; 142,000 children were in some other form of care.

In 2012, there were 111,467 kids under age 6 eligible for child care subsidies, but only 32,387 kids, or fewer than 30%, were enrolled throughout the year.

In 2012, nearly 1/3 of fourth-graders are reading below their grade level. Fewer than 50% of fourth-graders were found to be proficient in science.


* 7. What can we do to reduce the trend of childhood poverty in Colorado?


A FEW FACTS:

For a family of 4, poverty is defined as an annual income of $23,050 or less.

From 2000 to 2011, the percent of kids living in poverty in Colorado increased from 10% to 18%, one of the fastest growth rates in the country.

More than 1 in 5 Colorado kids under age 6 live in poverty.

Of all children living in poverty, 62% lived in single-parent families.

A Hispanic child is more than 3 times as likely to live in poverty as a non-Hispanic White child.

* 8. How can CDHS best support Coloradans to age safely in their homes and be vibrant members of their community?


A FEW FACTS:

Over the next 30 years, Colorado’s population is projected to increase by 53%.

Over that same time frame, the segment of Colorado’s population over 60 years old is projected to increase by 118%, and those over 75 years of age will more than triple.

Two out of every 3 older Americans have multiple chronic conditions, and treatment for this population accounts for 66% of the country’s health care budget.

* 9. How can CDHS best support individuals with mental illness and/or addictions?


A FEW FACTS:

Nationally, 1 in 4 adults experience mental illness in a given year; 60% of those individuals receive no services.

Seventy percent of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least 1 mental health condition, and more than 20% live with severe mental illness.

Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health plans to include mental health and substance use disorder services.

* 10. How can CDHS best keep Colorado’s children safe and families healthy?


A FEW FACTS:

More than 1 in 4 victims of child maltreatment in Colorado are under 2 years of age.

In Colorado, there is a disproportionate share of children of color living in poverty.

80 % of the children who died as a result of child abuse would have qualified for Medicaid.
While these trends are disturbing, they are not unique to Colorado.

The Colorado General Assembly has provided $22 million in new funding to strengthen prevention services for children and families before they enter the child welfare system.

* 11. What are we missing? What should CDHS stop doing?

* 12. Other thoughts/feedback

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