Wednesday, January 10, 2018

LEAP Program Continues in 2018

The Mesa County Low-income Energy Assistance Program is no longer be handled through the Mesa County Department of Human Services, but assistance is still available to Mesa County residents. The LEAP program will now be administered by Discover Goodwill of Southern & Western Colorado.  LEAP applicants need to be aware of new procedures in submitting LEAP applications for the 2017-2018 season

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

LEAP is a mail-in program ONLY!
-      Return your completed 2017 version application in the addressed and stamped envelope provided; (paper applications can be picked up at the Mesa County DHS office)
-      Fax your application to 719-633-9098
-      Mail to:  LEAP
o       P.O. Box 39200
o       Colorado Springs, CO 80949
-      Email to:

A few suggested tips are; 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 opened on November 1st, 2018

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   

Friday, December 15, 2017

What you need to know about effective dates and the Connect for Health Colorado attestation process this year

Did you apply for Health Care coverage through Connect For Health Colorado on or before midnight December 15, 2017, but have not yet enrolled in a Marketplace plan for 2018 coverage?  For those enrollments completed after midnight December 15, 2017, the effective date for coverage plans will default to February 1, 2018.

BUT, in limited circumstances, you may request to be considered for a January 1, 2018 coverage effective date once you are able to enroll.  Requests will be considered only for the following circumstances:
* Customer lost coverage and qualifies for a special enrollment period.
* Customer’s 2017 health plan is no longer offered.
* Agent or employee error.
* System outage or system error.
* A declared natural disaster.
* A delayed eligibility determination (when your application was submitted before midnight December 15).
* Marriage within the last 60 days.

If you need assistance with the attestation process to be considered for a January 1, 2018 coverage effective date, please contact a Broker or Assister by visiting the Connect For Health Colorado Get Help page at

Monday, November 20, 2017


Jadahlen ("Jadah") Rocah DOB 12/3/04 (12 yrs old) went on the run from a Front Range group home she may have gotten a ride back to the Grand Junction area.

If you have any information please call law enforcement and the Mesa County Child Protection  Hotline 242-1211.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Area Agency on Aging & ADRC to host 17th Annual Caregiver’s Conference

The Write Tool at the Right Time
Mesa County, Co. — The 17th Annual Caregiver’s Conference will be held on November 1st from 9:00am – 3:00pm at the Mesa County Workforce Center (512 29 ½ Rd GJ).  The registration fee is just $5 and includes lunch, speakers, vendors, demonstrations, and materials.

9:00-9:45-Conversations about Life
9:45-10:30-Holistic Approach
10:45-11:45-Legal Checklist
11:45-12:30-Lunch-($5; vegetarian options available-ask when you RSVP dial 211)
12:30-1:15-Life Coach 
1:15-2:00-Mental Health First Aid
2:15-3:00-Tips and Tricks
Space is limited register EARLY!

Dave Norman, Director of the Area Agency on Aging of Western Colorado states, “This is a tremendous value, for a $5 registration fee.  Attendees will have access to vendors, lunch and speakers and hands on demonstrations.”

Space is limited to the first 150 registrants. To register, please call Western Colorado 211 by dialing 2-1-1. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Councils on Aging Leadership Round-Up

Councils on Aging Leadership Round-Up
Four Colorado Regions to Meet in Grand Junction

Mesa County, Co. – Region 11 Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is hosting a Leadership Round-Up for residents across Western Colorado and are interested in what transpired during the 2017 Legislative Session, what new bills might be coming during the 2018 Legislative Session and info on Health Care legislation, as well as, info on livable senior communities in Western Colorado.

The Round-up will be held on August 25, 2017, at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 512 29 ½ Road, GJ. The event is open to the public, registration is required, dial 2-1-1 or (970) 244-8400.

Meeting Agenda
8:30am-9:00am          Registration
9:00am-9:15am          Opening remarks and introductions
9:15am-10:00am        AARP Western Slope Alliance--Livable Communities Proj-John Rodwick, Chair
10:00am-11:00am      CMU Health Care Panel Discussion-
11:00-11:45am            CLUB 20 Health Care Overview-Steve Childs, Pitkin County Commissioner
12:00pm-1:30pm        Luncheon Buffet-Luncheon-Keynote Bonnie Peterson, AGNC           
1:30pm-2:30pm          Area on Aging Regional Updates
·         Region 9- Durango-Christina Knoell
·         Region 10-Delta, Montrose, Gunnison-Eva Vetch
·         Region 11-Mesa, Garfield, Rio Blanco, Moffat, Routt-Dave Norman
·         Region 12-Pitkin, Eagle-Erin Fisher
2:30pm-3:30pm          Legislative Discussion-Rich Mauro-Denver Reg Council Of Gov. Sr. Lobby
·         Overview of Senior issues from 2017 Legislative Session
·         Emerging issues for the 2018 Legislative Session
·         Open Discussion
 According to Dave Norman, Director Area Agency on Aging “This is a great opportunity for seniors, caregivers and anyone involved with senior issues to become educated on subjects ranging from health care to livable communities.” Norman continues, “The event is open to the public and will be very interactive. Participants will be able to ask questions and get answers to some very serious issues swirling around our community. “

NOTE: Colorado's Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging will hold its first "Conversations on Aging" in Grand Junction from 1 to 4 pm Thursday, August 24. The meeting will be in the Gunnison Room at the Two Rivers Convention Center.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Community Leaders to Proclaim June 2017 as National Adult Protection Awareness Month

Mesa County Department of Human Services (MCDHS) receives an average of over 100 new adult protection referrals each month.  Victims of adult abuse or neglect are at-risk adults age 18 or over who are unable to protect themselves due to age or disability.  These individuals are sometimes not aware of the resources in our community and often have no one else to protect them.

 Approximately 46% of the victims are over 70 years old and are physically impaired or have some form of dementia.  The younger at-risk adult victims are persons with physical or mental disabilities.  Abuse, exploitation, and neglect are caused by a member of the victim’s own family in a large percentage of cases. These residents are often vulnerable to assault, burglary, fraud and other crimes because they cannot provide for their own care and protection.

A schedule of recognition proclamations & events for June is as follows:
Mesa County Public Meeting June 20th at 9am, Old Courthouse 3rd floor Chambers
City of Fruita –June 21st, 7pm, Fruita City Hall
Annual Adult Protection Awareness Reception-Thursday June 15, DHS Room 1060 1:30-2:30pm

The Mesa County Department of Human Services is committed to advocating for people’s rights.  Senior citizens and persons with disabilities are vital members of our families, our society, and our community.  Historically, 1 in 5 cases of adult abuse is actually reported.  Adult abuse encompasses many different types of harms and can occur in the community, home or institutional settings. It is hoped that Mandatory Reporting will increase the number of referrals and provide greater safety for the older adults in our community.

For more information on suspected adult abuse and neglect please visit or call the Adult Protection Hotline at 248-2888, option 2.  Callers can remain anonymous if they so chose.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The 2nd Annual- Western Slope Celebration of Excellence

A celebration hard work and resilience
The Mesa County Child Welfare Department is hosting the 2nd Annual Western Slope Celebration of Excellence.

This is a celebration of youth in foster care, DYC, Probation and School District 51 as they graduate. Some youth have been homeless or have been involved in the legal system. During the month of May, we recognize and celebrate the successes of these young people as they are graduating high school or receiving their GED.

The celebration is scheduled for Tuesday May 23, 2017 at the Mesa County Workforce Center from 4:00-6:00pm. 

"These young people have made tremendous strides to get this point in their lives.  It is time to recognize their hard work and resilience.  We are proud to honor them as they move into adulthood," said Kari Daggett, Child Welfare Permanency Manager, at the Mesa County Department of Human Services.

The keynote speaker will be R-5 Educator, Al Kreinberg. Kreinberg has over 25 years of experience working and inspiring youth.