If you have a physical, intellectual, or developmental disability, we offer support to help you maintain your health, safety, and independence.
What You Need To Know
We partner with other community agencies to provide a range of cash assistance programs, services, and other resources, including the Aid to the Blind and Aid to the Needy Disabled programs.
We also are responsible for the oversight and administration of dedicated mill levy funds that are earmarked to support residents of Denver with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
What is the Aid to the Blind program? Do I qualify?
Through our Aid to the Blind program, you can get cash assistance if you are not already receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If you are receiving SSI, you may still qualify for medical insurance (Medicaid) benefits through Aid to the Blind.
To qualify, you must be a Denver resident, age 59 or younger, and be certified by an optometrist or ophthalmologist as legally blind and unable to work (if applicable). You must also be either US born, a naturalized citizen or a legal resident of the United States.
What is the Aid to the Needy Disabled program? Do I qualify?
The Aid to the Needy Disabled program provides cash assistance to Denver residents who have at least a six-month total disability that prevents them from working.
To qualify, you must be a Denver resident and be certified by a Colorado licensed doctor as blind or disabled for at least six months and unable to work (if applicable). You must also be either US born, a naturalized citizen or a legal resident of the United States.
Benefits may vary depending on your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) status. Please contact us at 720-944-4DHS (4347) to learn about your options.
What is the I/DD Mill Levy?
In 2003, Denver voters approved a dedicated property tax mill levy to support Denver residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), as well as their families and caregivers. The funds provide individualized assistance for, among other things, adaptive technology, therapies, clothing, mattresses, home accessibility upgrades, and furniture. These services and supports are currently administered by our partners at Rocky Mountain Human Services, where you can learn more or apply online for individualized assistance.
How do I apply for benefits?
For the Aid to the Blind or Aid to the Needy Disabled program, you can apply online at Colorado PEAK or visit one of our offices and pick up an application.
Please note that the Aid to the Needy Disabled program requires an in-person interview before eligibility can be determined. Interviews are held Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. You may want to turn in your application and interview at the same time, or you may schedule an interview for a future date.
For assistance funded by the I/DD Mill Levy program, visit the Rocky Mountain Human Services website to learn more or to apply online.