Thursday, September 27, 2018

MISSING CHILD-Jadah Rocha

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.
Commissioner Scott McInnis recognizes Dave Norman for his 44 years of service and dedication to the people of Mesa County.

Monday, Sept. 24 was proclaimed Dave Norman Day at the Capitol by Governor John Hickenlooper. He was also presented with the Colorado flag which flew over the Capitol on Dave Norman Day.

Dave Norman’s Retirement Party
Sept 26, 2018
1:00-3:00pm
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 www.humanservices.mesacounty.us or call the Adult Protection Hotline at 248-2888, option 2.  Callers can remain anonymous if they so chose.


Department of Human Services Closures on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day

In observance of Independence Day, all Mesa County Department of Human Services offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4. All offices...