The Human Services fund is used to account for the County's State, Federal and property tax revenues that are restricted for providing social services to the County's residents.
Description and Mission
Elbert County Human Services is part of the state-supervised and county-administered Human Services system. County Human Services Departments are the main providers of direct services to Colorado’s families, children, and adults. Elbert County Human Services is dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of children, maintaining and strengthening families, promoting self-sufficiency and improving the quality of life within our community. The statutorily-required programs we provide include: Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, Childcare Assistance, Medicaid Eligibility Determination, Food Assistance (SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Adult Financial, Child Support Services, Old Age Pension, Aid to the Needy and Disabled, Aid to the Blind, Medicare Savings Program, Foster and Kinship Care, Colorado Works (TANF, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) and Case Management Services, and in-home preventive services. Over 80% of Human Services revenue is provided through federal and state allocations with a statutorily required county mill contribution to support the remaining departmental costs.
Accomplishments, Goals, and Objectives
Assistance Programs Unit was recognized as one of nine counties in Colorado for it’s 99% timeliness of benefits applications during a Global Pandemic in 2021; Successfully implemented an Electronic Workflow for all assistance programs applications. Child Support IV-D Administrator/AP Manager was recognized as the Colorado IV-D Administrator of the Year; Increased Child Support staffing to expand service delivery to our community; Created another Case Aide position in our Child Welfare/Adult Protection until to assist our caseworkers; We have accepted volunteers from Metro State University’s Social Work program to assist with our programs. Successfully implemented all Protective Services cases to EDMS (Electronic Document Management System).
2023 Goals and Objectives:
Recruit and retain a full staff in our Child Welfare/Adult Protection and Assistance Programs units. Continue to develop a Child Support Responsible Parent Program; Continue to increase Child Support monthly service orders and arrears collection percentages that surpass state required goals; Continue to provide timely service delivery in all program areas to our citizens.