Feb 27, 2020
DENVER — In 2003, nearly 70 percent of Denver voters approved a dedicated one mill property tax levy to fund services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Today, revenue from the levy helps to pay for services and supports for people with I/DD through the Community-Centered Board, Rocky Mountain Human Services (RMHS), and other organizations based on feedback from our community through a first-of-its-kind needs assessment as well as recommendations from the Mill Levy Advisory Council. Denver Human Services (DHS) manages and directs the use of the funds for this program in partnership with our community.
Three new service provider agreements were fully executed in January 2020 with a service term running through January 31, 2021. We are proud to announce the following community partners and their new inclusive initiatives in service of Denver residents:
CTAT, LLC: Coaching, Training and Transformation’s Community Counts! has recruited Denver residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities to assist in facilitating trainings. CTAT, LLC will offer five courses for a total of 18 training sessions and will complete 12 business consultations, with community trainings beginning in March 2020.
Easterseals Colorado’s Diversity and Inclusiveness Program (DIP) will hire and support three part-time staff with intellectual and developmental disabilities to offer a disability etiquette training on site with Denver businesses, clubs, and organizations, as well as a community-based speaker series that will cover the following topics: Arts & Culture & Employment, Benefits Counseling, Caregiver Respite 101, Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Day Programming, Employment, Navigating Medicaid Waivers, Post-Secondary Education, SSI/SSDI, and Transition Services.
Autism Community Store (ACS), in partnership with their neuro-diverse staff and community focus groups, will develop a core curriculum that educates on sensory processing challenges and promotes sensory inclusion. They will complete on site assessments for 10 high-traffic, community-based locations which could include public libraries, recreation centers, cultural institutions, and community festivals/gatherings. These locations will be prioritized based on research along with feedback from community members. ACS has a budget for provision of sensory tools and supports for partner sites.
These projects are highly collaborative. In support of shared goals, Easterseals Colorado will be hosting two networking meet-ups for Denver community members that are involved or interested in connecting.
The fully executed contracts for these Denver Human Services community partners are on file with the Office of the Clerk and Recorder and can be requested at any time. Please visit the webpage for City Clerk Records under the Office of the Clerk and Recorder for more details.
For more information about the DHS Mill Levy Program, visit our web page.