Tuesday, August 30, 2016

No LEAP Applications Processed Locally

LEAP PROGRAM 2016-2017


The Mesa County Low-income Energy Assistance Program is now administered by Discover Goodwill of Southern & Western Colorado.  This notice is to inform LEAP applicants of new procedures in submitting your LEAP application for the 2016-2017 season 

LEAP is a mail-in program only!

DO NOT submit your LEAP application to the Mesa County DHS  
as this will delay the processing of your application.

How do I return my LEAP application?

- Return your completed application in the addressed and stamped envelope provided; or
- Fax your application to 719-633-9098
- Mail to:  LEAP
        P.O. Box 39200
       Colorado Springs, CO 80949
- Email to:  LEAPHELP@discovermygoodwill.org

What can I do to help with the prompt processing of my LEAP application?

Please make sure that you ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS on the application and provide all requested documentation/verification with your completed application. Make sure that you read, complete, SIGN and DATE where required.  Failure to provide a complete application and submit required verification will delay the processing timeframe.

Continue paying your heat bill, as LEAP assistance will not pay your entire bill!

Processing your LEAP application takes time, so you must keep your account current by making a payment towards your heat bill on time to avoid disruption of service.  If you receive a shut-off notice or have had your heating service disconnected, please contact our call center at 1-888-775-LEAP (1-888-775-5327).  The Call center will open on November 1st, 2016

Please call 1-866-HEAT HELP (1-866-432-8435) to inquire about the status of your LEAP application and if you have any questions regarding LEAP.   You may also visit the Colorado Department of Human Services’ website at www.cdhs.state.co.us/leap.    

Community Grants Application

Attention organization serving low income families. Community grants are being offered to organizations with a plan to develop employment, self sufficiency and strengthening families in Mesa County. The application is due September 30 with an informal informational meeting being held on September 6, 2016. 

Important points: 
$200,000 available for community programs (competitive grant)
One time funding for calendar year 2017
Available to programs that serve low-income families
Emphasis on employment, self-sufficiency, and strengthening families
Informational Meeting on September 6, 2016
Applications due September 30, 2016
Application can be found under Colorado Works in the Quick Links section at:  https://humanservices.mesacounty.us/ss/template.aspx?id=278

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Mesa County Workforce Center Launches a New Website

The Mesa County Workforce Center is pleased to announce the launch of its a new and improved website http://mcwfc.us/The new website has a clean uncluttered design, improved functionality and enhanced rich content focused on the Workforce Center’s mission to provide the job seeker and the business employer a quality experience. The new sleeker look offers the job seeker and the business community a more pleasant and intuitive experience.

The new site is divided into five main sections: Home, About, Job Seekers, Business and Services. The website is shifted to a client-centric layout and can be easily navigated. Listed under the Business link employers can find how to List a Job, Lay Off Assistance, info for On the Job Training, Work Ready Communities and Work Experience Internships. The Job Seeker link offers extensive links such as the Career Coach  Job Search Professional Services, Youth Career Exploration., The Services section provides detailed descriptions of the Workforce Center Services such as Veterans Services, Young Adults, and GED prep. There are dedicated a links to Labor Market  trends, Community Links and Trainings & Events. In Training and Events there are calendars with upcoming events including tradeshows, seminars and workshops, with links to register for these workshops online. Also included on the website is the See What We Do video, News Blog and client testimonials. The site even translates into Spanish.

 “We are excited about our new website launch and the robust information it provides for customers, business partners and the media to better understand the Workforce Centers services" said Curtis Englehart, Workforce Center Manager.  "We believe that this new site will allow our visitors to have a very informative experience. We have plans to further expand the websites features to better serve our community.”

The new Mesa County Workforce Center website was designed and built by local web designer Melinda McCaw Media.

Colorado Senior Lobby’s 2016 Summer Social

The Colorado Senior Lobby will be hosting a Legislative Summer Social at the Mesa County Workforce Center on August 20th from 8:30-Noon.   This event will offer Seniors information on upcoming ballot issues and access to local and state legislators. All ages are welcome to attend. The event is free.

2016 Summer Social and Business Meeting
When: Saturday, August 20, 2016 – 8:30AM – Noon
Where: Mesa County Workforce Center – Center D
Address: 512 29 1/2 RD, Grand Junction

Program is scheduled as follows:
8:30AM to 9:30AM - Socializing & Refreshments

9:30AM to 11:00AM – Live Streamed Panel with Colorado Legislators will offer what they have done to help the aging population and the challenges they see ahead. Interactive discussion will occur to provide feedback from the attendees on what they see as challenges and need help with.

11:00AM to 11:30AM - CSL Serving our Seniors Award Winners
We will be honoring 6 legislators: Senators Kefalas & Martinez Humenik and Representatives Coram, Danielson, Ginal and Landgraf. We will also present a lifetime achievement award to Senator Pat Steadman.

11:30AM to Noon - Review of the Colorado Senior Lobby’s Senior Survey, audience Q&A and discussion of senior issues.

Note that the Colorado Senior Lobby business meeting will be from Noon to 12:30PM – everyone is welcome to stay!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DHS/WFC Achieve the Wildly Important!

The Mesa County Department of Human Services and Workforce Center are proud to announce they have achieved their wildly important goal for 2015-2016.

On Friday July 15, 2015, the organization officially announced and celebrated their success.

One of 40 scoreboards around DHS/WFC
During the Spring of 2015 each of the 5 divisions choose one overall goal to be achieved by  June 30, 2016. 
That goal was to reduce the proportion of complex cases in Child Welfare, Adult Services and TANF from 14.3% to 10.2% by June 30, 2016. 

The Agency achieved that 10.2% and bettered it by reducing complex cases to 7.9%.

To achieve this goal each division, team and unit created goals, lead measures, made weekly commitments and were accountable to their own goals to help reduce the overall Agency goal.

A total of 40 teams contributed to the 6.4% reduction of complex cases being handled within the Agency. That translates into people figures as the following:

153    Children who had been in foster care in excess of 425 days are now in permanent placement!
501     People gained employment!
102     Most vulnerable and at-risk adults were helped to reach a higher quality of life!

“This is an extraordinary achievement and I am extremely proud of our staff, said Tracey Garchar, Executive Director of the Department of Human Services & Workforce Center. These folks have taken this challenge to heart and put their best work effort forward to achieve our goal.

The Agency adopted the Four Disciplines of Execution (4DX) by Franklin Covey late in 2014 and plans to continue the use of the tool for the remainder of 2016-17- and beyond.

The new 2016-17 goal is to further reduce complex cases to below t
Staff listen to the success stories during Friday's announcement
he current 7.9%.

Garchar further explains the 4DX tool “as shooting for the moon. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy shook-up NASA with the announcement “land a man on the moon and return him safely to the earth before this decade is out.” From that moment NASA had a goal to get to the moon and back by December 31, 1969. Everyone from the engineers to the night janitor knew the goal and made the connection of how their job contributed to achieving that goal.  
Since using that model and the 4DX system we see and foster the same connection within our staff. Whether the staff member is directly helping clients or assisting behind the scenes they have a connection to the overall goal of the entire agency. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Mandatory Reporting 101-

As of July 1st o f this year, reporting adults with development disabilities who are being abused will be mandated by Colorado State Law. Senate Bill 15-109 was passed last year and is being implemented statewide. Coloradans will need to know who is a mandatory reporter and how to report suspected abuse. Mesa County Department of Human Services Adult Protection Department is offering this training on mandatory reporting of abuse, neglect and exploitation on developmentally disabled adults.  The training will answer questions about the new law and provide information on the following:

·         What is mandatory reporting?
·         Who is required to report?
·         What situations must be reported and to whom?
·         How to make a report to Adult Protection Services (APS) and Law Enforcement?

This training will be provided at no cost to organizations such as- Medical personnel, long term care facility personnel, mental health professionals, social workers, law enforcement personnel, court appointed guardians and conservators, fire protection personnel, pharmacists, dentists, bank personnel, home health providers and affiliated parties, emergency medical service providers, physical therapists, clergy and chiropractors...the list goes on……