In 2018, we released the findings of a first-of-its-kind assessment to identify gaps in services for Denver residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The four-month effort gathered more than 500 responses from people living with I/DD, their families, service providers and advocates via interviews, surveys, focus groups, social media, phone calls, and public meetings.
After decades of funding for services for people with I/DD going directly to one Community Centered Board, Denver is now able to direct funding to other providers in the community. To support this effort, for the first time in Denver and one of the only times in Colorado, the city went directly to the community for input about which services are most needed.
The complete needs assessment and a two-page summary are available:
We are already taking steps to respond to feedback gathered from our community through the needs assessment. In December 2018, a new Mill Levy Advisory Council was seated; this council is made up of Denver residents with connections to the I/DD community. The council makes recommendations for areas of focus for the mill levy funds that are currently uncommitted.