Wednesday, November 14, 2018

November is National Adoption Month

Mesa County is observing National Adoption Month by celebrating 3 new adoptions on National Adoption Day November 16 in Judge Robinson's Courtroom 126 North Spruce 3rd Floor.

More than 101,000 children and youth in the U.S. foster care system are awaiting permanent, loving families.  National Adoption Month is an effort to raise awareness about the adoption of children from foster care and to honor those adoptive families who have opened their homes and hearts to become lifelong families for these children.  While over 60% of children in foster care will return to their biological parents, the others will require an alternate permanency outcome if the Court determines they are unable to return home. 

In Mesa County, there are approximately 20 children each year who become available for adoption through the Mesa County Department of Human Services and are in need of a permanent and stable home.  These children are generally over age 7 and may have developmental, medical or other special needs.  They may be part of a sibling group or have ethnically diverse backgrounds.    

“Adoption is a very special process and we are so proud to be a part of helping children find permanent, loving families,” said Kim Espindola, Placement Services Team Supervisor for the Mesa County Department of Human Services.    

The Mesa County Department of Human Services is dedicated to building collaborations among local agencies, courts and advocacy organizations to achieve permanence for children.  This effort offers children the chance to live with stable and loving families and encourage other dedicated individuals to make a powerful difference in the lives of children through adoption.

Lisa and Paul McGinnett will be adopting one child and are willing to speak to the media about their experience. They should be available at 12:30 pm  At noon we will have a staging room available to the media to get photos and interviews. The staging room will be near Judge Robinson’s courtroom on the 3rd floor. Adoptions are closed proceedings; we ask you are sensitive about photographing families without gaining their permission first, even in public areas.

If you are interested in obtaining more information about adoption services provided through the Mesa County Department of Human Services, please contact Kim Espindola at 248-2818. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018


Judge ordered MEDIA ALERT
MISSING CHILD ALERT:   Jadah Rocha DOB-12/3/2004. Missing since July 19, 2018. Her family and grandmother are very worried about her. Report her whereabouts to Law Enforcement by dialing 911.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Norman Retires from Area Agency on Aging

40 years of service to the elderly 
 Yesterday Governor John Hickenlooper pronounced Monday, Sept 24th as Dave Norman Day at the State Capitol in Denver. Hickenlooper also presented Norman with a flag that flew over the State Capitol as recognition of 40 years of service to the State of Colorado. Community members will host a retirement party for Dave tomorrow.
Dave Norman’s Retirement Party
Sept 26, 2018
Mesa County Department of Human Services Building
510 29.5 Rd, Grand Junction
Meeting Room 1060

“Dave was the very first Director for the Area Office on Aging back in the earlier 1970’s. He is a storehouse of knowledge on everything related to services being provided to the elder population in the region. We have big shoes to fill as he retires and we will miss him.”  states Executive Director of the Mesa County Department of Human Services, Tracey Garchar.

The Governor’s proclamation and flag will be on display during tomorrow’s retirement party. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Reporting Elder Abuse In Mesa County Starts with a Phone Call

Help us pull back the curtain on elder abuse and neglect

Mesa County, CO--- Mesa County Department of Human Services (MCDHS) receives an average of over 70 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.

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.  Colorado is a Mandatory Reporting state.   Historically, 1 in 5 cases of adult abuse are actually reported.  Adult abuse encompasses many different types of harms and can occur in a community, home or institutional settings. Mandatory Reporting over the past 4 years has increased the number of referrals and has provided 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.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Department of Human Services Public Assistance Systems Planned Outage

Public Assistance systems CBMS & PEAK / PEAKPro will be offline starting on Thursday, September 6, at 6:00 p.m. and will not be back up until Monday, September 10, at 7:00 a.m.

The CBMS & PEAK/ PEAKPro systems will be down for planned statewide system maintenance.
  Monday, September 10, the systems will be back online.

Mesa County Department of Human Services clients are being advised that there will be limited services for Food, Medical, and Cash Assistance on Friday, September 7.

Help that CAN be provided to clients during the outage:
  Acceptance of paper applications, change reports, and redeterminations
  Acceptance of verification documents and date-stamp them
  Completion of an eligibility interview
  Answering general questions about the application process, available benefits, and programs
  Referral of customers to additional services provided by local non-profits and safety net service organizations
  Issuance of replacement EBT cards (if identification is available)

Help that CANNOT be provided to clients during the outage:
  Access to specific case information
  Processing of applications, change reports, and redeterminations
  Making eligibility determinations of any kind
  Processing of verification documents
  Printing or accessing any correspondence
  Troubleshooting case issues
  Accessing PEAK / PEAKPro
  Putting new benefits on EBT cards
  Updating or creating individual plans for Workforce programs
  May not be able to issue supportive services for the Colorado Works / TANF program

During the outage, clients will be able to use any benefit that was issued to their EBT Card prior to the outage.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Join Mesa County in Honoring Our Vietnam Veterans, Aug. 20

Join Mesa County in Honoring Our Vietnam Veterans, Aug. 20

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Board of Mesa County Commissioners, in conjunction with the Mesa County Veterans Services, are honoring Mesa County Vietnam Veterans and their families at a  recognition ceremony Monday, Aug. 20 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 U.S. Highway 50.

“I am so honored that our Board is sponsoring this great event for our Veterans,” Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, said.

The event gives Mesa County residents a chance to show their appreciation and support to those who have served our great nation during the Vietnam era.

Refreshments and snacks will be available, provided by the kitchens of Hilltop Senior Living Communities. Informational booths will also be available for the Veteran Affairs Hospital and various community veteran resources.

The event is open to the public and is free to attend.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

2018 Senior Law Day Conference

You are never too young, or too old to start planning for retirement and beyond.
This year’s Senior Law Day is hoping to bring in boomers, seniors and caregivers who might be caring for aging parents or to even begin planning for their own future. 

  • §  Over 20 Attorneys available for one-one-one consults
  • §  Choose from 30 pertinent presentations by area experts geared towards boomers, seniors, and caregivers (see attached list of workshop presenters)
  • §  Meet over 30 exhibitors and sponsors §  Enjoy lunch

The Senior Law Day Conference
Aug  17, 2018
7:30am Doors Open
8:30am Sessions start
Two Rivers Convention Center
159 Main St, Grand Junction

Registration is $5.00-
Which includes lunch, presentations, vendor show & materials
(Pre-registration is required by dialing 211)

This daylong event will include presentations, vendor booths, lunch and door prizes.  Presentations will be offered on a wide variety of issues ranging from reverse mortgages, wills & trusts to long-term care planning, and much more.