* 1. Name (OPTIONAL)

* 2. Office

* 3. Division (OPTIONAL)

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


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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

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

* 11. Other thoughts/feedback