Jerri Spear, Director of Health & Human Services
Kiowa Office - MAIN
P.O. Box 544
Kiowa, CO 80107
P.O. Box 6
Simla, CO 80835
The Elbert County Department of Social Services is dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of children, maintaining and strengthening the family wherever possible, promoting self sufficiency and improving the quality of life within our community. We are committed to providing top-notch services, which promote independence, self-efficacy and family preservation.
The Department provides Child and Adult protection, childcare assistance, food assistance and cash assistance payments for low income, elderly and disabled residents who qualify. Currently, Elbert County Social Services has two office locations – Main office in Kiowa and a satellite office in Simla.
Child Protection Services: Jodie Sherrier 303-621-3209
Child protection services are split into two different sections:
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- Intake, Assessment and Protective Services
Intake caseworkers respond to a variety of concerns about children and their families. They are the first to respond to a report of possible child neglect or abuse. When a report of possible child abuse or neglect is received, the intake screener gathers critical information from the reporter. This information will be used by the Intake Supervisor to determine if an investigation is needed and how the intake worker will carry out the investigation. During the investigation, the caseworker assesses the family environment and safety and risk factors concerning the child (ren). The worker will also assess the allegations of abuse/neglect and work with families to assist with any community based services needed to strengthen family functioning. If the intake worker determines that a family needs long term services then the case is moved into the ongoing unit.
Ongoing, Protective and Reunification Services Ongoing services are provided for children ages 0 to 21 and their families. These children have generally been identified as being at risk for abuse and/or neglect or have high-risk behaviors that place themselves and the community at risk. Ongoing caseworkers provide a variety of services with the goals of minimizing the risk to children, preserving the family and ensuring that children are in the least restrictive permanent home within the established State guidelines. Services to children and families are provided either voluntarily or under a court order. Services include: referrals to community agencies, ensuring residents complete therapeutic and substance abuse services, supervised parenting time, development of a family services plan, transportation, emergency housing assistance, gas vouchers, advocacy and support. What types of services are provided for families is determined on a case-by-case situation.
Foster Care Program:
Elbert County is currently in the process of developing a foster care program. This will allow our children to remain in county while in foster care rather than moving them into a new community that is far from home. We currently have several wonderful families who are certified foster parents with Elbert County. Our goal is to have at least 20 active foster homes available for community placements. This would enable ECDSS to make a good fit for the foster home and the child (ren) that is being placed out of the home.
We are looking for more special families to provide a needed service to our Elbert County Children. If you are interested in providing Foster Care in Elbert County call: 303-621-3190
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Adult Protective Services:
Adult Protection provides intervention on behalf of at-risk adults over 18 to correct or alleviate situations in which actual or imminent danger of abuse, neglect, or exploitation exists.
Web Site: "http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?c=Page&childpagename=CDHS-SelfSuff%2FCBONLayout&cid=1251582068463&pagename=CBONWrapper#BasicInfo"
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For more information on the child and adult protection programs please call: 303-621-3149
Monetary and other Supportive Services:
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- Food Assistance:
An assistance program that helps families with the cost of food for low income families who fall within the income guidelines.
- Day Care Assistance: Simla Office 719-541-2369
An assistance program that helps low income families with the rising costs of quality child care while parents are away at work.
- Colorado Works/TANF:
This program provides a variety of services for families who are unemployed and seeking employment, or employed but fall under 185% of the poverty level. Some of the services available through this program are some monetary assistance, Medicaid, job training and education and job seeking assistance.
- Colorado LEAP Program: Simla Office 719-541-2369
Colorado LEAP Program Information
Provides assistance for low-income families with the rising costs of heating bills
- Old Age Pension (OAP) and Aid to the Needy and Disabled (AND): :
The Old Age Pension (OAP) program provides cash benefits to individuals aged 60 years and older in three categories of assistance -- OAP-A, the largest of the three categories, serves persons aged 65 or older; OAP-B serves persons between the ages of 60 and 64; and OAP-C serves persons in state institutions, such as the Colorado mental health institutes, who receive no Medicaid. "http://www.cdhs.state.co.us/oss/ass/AboutProt.htm "
AND-Colorado Supplement provides cash benefits to disabled individuals between the ages of 18 and 59, who also receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI.) AND-State only provides a cash benefit to individuals between 18 and 59 for a temporary period when they are disabled less than 12 months or awaiting receipt of SSI.
For more information on the monetary and support programs please call 303-621-3149
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