Health & Human Services

CONTACT INFORMATION

Location:                 75 Ute Avenue
                                  Kiowa, CO 80117         

Hours:                      7:00a.m. to 5:00p.m Monday through Thursday

Mailing address:    PO Box 924
                                   Kiowa, CO 80117

Phone number:       303-621-3149

Fax number:            303-621-0122

Director:                  Jerri Spear  


2014 Holiday Schedule 
The office will be closed on the following days and times:

Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2014, All Day  

December 18th, 2014 from 11:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.

Christmas Eve, December 24, 2014, All Day

Christmas Day, December 25, 2014, All Day

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

Health and Environment

Public Health's goal is to protect, promote, and improve the health, environment, and quality of life to the residents of Elbert County.  The primary purpose of public health is to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy. 

Most of the work of public health agencies is population based--that is, it focuses on improving the health of the entire community.

Public Health Services are available to the entire community and are partly funded by tax dollars. There is a fee with all services but no one is refused due to inability to pay. Elbert County Public Health is devoted to preventative services and education. We are unable to offer emergency or sick care.

Human Services:

We are 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. 

Programs:

Child and Adult Protection
Childcare Assistance 
Food Assistance
Cash Assistance payments for low income persons, elderly and disabled residents who qualify
Child Support Services
Low Income Energy Assistance (LEAP)


Press Release 

ElbertCounty Health and Human Services Press Release  7/23/14

Colorado’s TANF Program is known as Colorado Works and is designed to support the federal and state purposes specified in statute at Section 26-2-705, C.R.S. The goal is to assist participants to terminate their dependence on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work and marriage, and to develop strategies and policies that focus on ensuring that participants are in work activities as soon as possible so that the State is able to meet or exceed work participation rates specified in the federal law. The Colorado Works Program operates in all counties in Colorado and is administered locally by the county departments of human/social services.

The Colorado General Assembly annually appropriates a total county block grant of state/local and federal funds for Colorado Works program administration, which is then allocated to individual counties through a statutorily authorized committee.

Colorado Revised Statues set uniform statewide basic eligibility and minimum levels for the Basic Cash assistance based on Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) rules that were in effect on July 16, 1996. In addition to the basic cash assistance grant, county departments of human/social services may provide other assistance in the form of additional benefits, services, and incentives to participants above the basic benefit level dependent on financial ability to do so. Additionally, counties may use available TANF funds to invest in community programs that support the federal and state purposes.

Due to increased needs to fulfill Basic Cash Assistance requirements for an increasing caseload, (see attached chart), the Elbert County Department of Health and Human Services is currently only able to provide direct client services with our available TANF funding. Subsequently, we are not able to entertain any community program contracts at this time.

Client Benefit Trend