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COLORADO AGENCIES


Colorado agencies providing services and resources for senior citizens.

Colorado Division of Aging and Adult Services
The Mission of the Division of Aging and Adult Services is to empower older adults, individuals with disabilities, and others with special needs, including persons who are homeless, to live safely with maximum personal independence by planning and promoting an effective, integrated, accessible system for the delivery of financial and medical support, affordable housing, and services including: Information and Referral, Prevention, Protection, Employment, Supportive, Nutrition, Advocacy, Legal, Ombudsman, Transportation. The Division provides services in four major program areas, including Adult Income and Medical Support, Adult Protection, Older Americans Act, and Information and Referral Program.
Address: 1575 Sherman Street, 10th Floor, Denver, CO 80203
Voice Phone: 303-866-2663
TTY: 303-866-2850
Fax: 303-866-2696
Website: www.cdhs.state.co.us/ADRS/AAS/about1.html

Benefits Check Up of Colorado
BenefitsCheckUp helps thousands every day to find programs for people ages 55 and over that may pay for some of their costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other essential items or services. A service of the National Council on the Aging.
Phone (Voice): 303-866-4712
Website: www.BenefitsCheckup.org

Colorado Deaf News
ColoradoDeaf.com is a subscriber-based electronic listserv (or email newsgroup) serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community of Colorado. Items such as Announcements, News, Sporting Events, Travel, Computer Tips/Questions, or Advertisements are sent to the editor, then distributed to the list as email messages. Subscriptions can be selected by category, such as ColoradoDeaf news, ColoradoDeaf classified ads, religious services, and national news.

ColoradoDeaf.com also maintains a website with valuable information for the community. A monthly calendar on the website lists Deaf community events for a variety of interests, and from a variety of different groups. Other information available on this website are Resources (such as service agencies), Interpreters (a list of interpreter agencies and free-lance interpreters), and a listing of current Open Captioned movies showing in Front Range theaters (Denver, Colorado Springs, Greeley, Fort Collins, etc.)

To post an event to the newsgroup, send it via email to Editor@ColoradoDeaf.com. To subscribe to the newsgroup, go to the www.ColoradoDeaf.com website and select "Subscribe" from the column on the left. For questions or technical difficulties, contact Webmaster@ColoradoDeaf.com.
Website: www.ColoradoDeaf.com

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is committed to protecting and preserving the health and environment of the people of Colorado. This agency houses the Vital Records Section. The Vital Records Section maintains official records for births and deaths, marriages and divorces and adoptions. Standards and regulations concerning Health Facilities are maintained in this office. This includes license, certification and inspection of facilities like nursing homes, hospices and assisted living residences. New information is disseminated through News Releases. For example, a recent news release announced the creation of a pilot program on Nutrition, Exercise and Fall Prevention for senior citizens who live in an Independent Living Facility.

The Department of Public Health and Environment monitors continuous programs in the areas of: Air and water quality; food and product safety; hazardous waste and solid waste; and hospitals, nursing homes, and other health facilities. Specific issues regulated and monitored under CDPHE are air quality, pollution and emissions from motor vehicles and other sources. Questions about a particular health care facility can be addressed through this agency. The website (at www.cdphe.state.co.us/ic/infohom.html) lists county and regional health departments for all of Colorado, so consumers can contact their local health department office directly.
Address: 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246-1530
Phone: 303-692-2000
Email: cdphe.information@state.co.us
Website: www.cdphe.state.co.us

Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)
DRCOG is an association of 51 local governments dedicated to making the nine-county Denver metro region a great place to live, work and play. Its focus is on quality-of-life issues. This includes mobility, service to older adults, environmental concerns, planning for the future, public safety, and the provision of information for sound decision-making. It is a place where local officials can work together to solve the region's problems. The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) serves as the Denver Metro region's Area Agency on Aging, to plan and coordinate a continuum of services available to older adults living in the Denver metropolitan area (excluding Boulder County).

DRCOG assesses the needs of the region's seniors and develops strategies to meet them. It publishes a free resource directory, which is updated regularly. This directory offers useful reference of services by local governments and non-profit agencies with phone numbers. The directory lists, for example, contacts for services related to housing, adult day programs, health care, financial assistance and prescription assistance. Other free publications offered by DRCOG include the Area Plan on Aging, which is a four-year assessment of senior needs and strategies to meet those needs. Choosing a Good Nursing Home is a brochure listing information to assist you in the decisions you may need to make finding a care facility for yourself or a loved one.

The DRCOG Area Agency on Aging (AAA) manages two specific programs for seniors- Community Services and the Ombudsman program-and can offer a wealth of information about the region's senior resources. The Community Services section of the AAA is responsible for allocating federal and state funds to various organizations throughout the region in order to serve seniors' needs. The Long-Term Care Ombudsman program is a free advocacy program for residents of nursing homes and assisted living residences that, through regular visitation, helps resolve complaints on behalf of residents and their families.
DRCOG, Aging Services Division
Address: 4500 Cherry Creek Drive South, Suite 800, Denver, CO 80246
Voice Phone: 303-455-1000 (use Relay Colorado, 711)
Website: www.drcog.org/index.cfm?page=AgingServices

The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older Persons
The Legal Center is committed to delivering the promise of the law to people with disabilities and older people in Colorado by using the legal system to protect and promote their rights through direct legal representation, advocacy, education, and legislative analysis. The office offers the Ombudsman Program and Here's Help Information Sheets.
Denver Office:   

  Address: 455 Sherman Street, Suite 130, Denver, CO 80203-4403
Voice/TTY: 303-722-0300
TTY: 303-722-3619 Toll Free
Voice/TTY: 800-288-1376
Fax: 303-722-0720

Western Slope Office:

  Address: 322 N. 8th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501-3406
Voice/TTY:
970-241-6371 Toll Free
Voice/TTY: 1-800-531-2105
Fax: 970-241-5324

Email: tlcmail@thelegalcenter.org
Website: www.thelegalcenter.org

Seniors Resource Guide
Regional Seniors Resource Directories are available to help people locate senior services and to learn more about each specific region. The directories list over forty topics, including Senior Housing, Home Health Care, Health and Professional Services, Care Management, and Community Resources. For Colorado, Seniors Resource Guides are available for the Denver, Colorado Springs, Northern Colorado, and Pueblo areas. Resource books are available in print, and are distributed free of charge from convenient locations such as: hospitals, medical centers, libraries, senior centers, churches, government agencies, and senior events. A print version can be ordered for Colorado directories. Mail $2 for shipping to The Seniors Resource Guide, 1925 Monaco Parkway, Denver, CO 80220. The Resource Guides are also available online.
Website: www.seniorsresourceguide.com
 
 

Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
1575 Sherman Street, 2nd Floor . Denver, CO 80203
TTY: 303-866-4734 . Voice: 303-866-4824 . Fax: 303-866-4831
Email: Deaf.Commission@state.co.us . Website: www.ColoradoDeafCommission.Com

Disclaimer: The listings in the CCDHH Information Center represent a sample of the information resources available. Listings generally appear in alphabetic order by name of organization. These listings should not be taken as an endorsement or recommendation of individual organizations or vendors, nor should omission from these listings imply lack of approval. These materials are offered for informational purposes. Links to resources on the Internet are provided for the convenience of visitors to these pages; CCDHH attempts to verify the accuracy of the listings and links, but makes no warranty as to the accuracy or timeliness of content or information on other sites. We encourage consumers to explore these resources for their own purposes and contact the organizations involved to ask questions specific to their needs. This website is a living resource and is updated regularly. We welcome feedback on the usefulness of these materials and suggestions for additional resources to list. To suggest items for inclusion, or to correct errors, please contact the Web Manager at Deaf.Commission@cdhs.state.co.us

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