History

1991: Rocky Mountain Human Services (RMHS), then known as Denver Options, is incorporated in July and receives its 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the IRS. RMHS is designated by the State of Colorado as a Community Centered Board to be a single entry point organization to manage the service system for services for children and adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities residing within the City and County of Denver.

1992: RMHS, then known as Denver Options, officially opens January 1.

1994: The University of Northern Colorado’s Center for Technical Assistance and Training (CTAT) joins RMHS and brings employment expertise, connections to Vocational Rehabilitation offices in Colorado and throughout the nation, and the TACE program to support rehabilitation agencies with continuing education in the Federal Region 8. We also receive our initial introduction to Traumatic Brain Injury services through CTAT’s Survivor Series program.

1996: Christopher Reeves speaks at a benefit for RMHS.

1998: RMHS enrolls an additional 111 people in its Supported Living Program, a 60% increase in the number served. The Supported Living Program provides in-home supports to keep adults with intellectual disabilities living at home with family, thereby saving taxpayer dollars by decreasing costly out of home placements.

2000: RMHS begins providing residential and day program services after several service agencies refuse to serve 32 medically fragile customers. Many of these customers require assistance in money management, and RMHS is appointed as an organizational representative payee by the Social Security Administration.

2003: RMHS launches and wins the Vote Yes on 100 campaign to increase the mill levy property tax in Denver to serve persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The initiative passes with a landslide vote of 70%.
RMHS growth necessitates a move into a new building at 9900 E. Iliff Avenue in Denver, their current headquarters.

2004: RMHS opens an Adaptive Toy Lending Library for therapists to use in providing early intervention with infants and toddlers.

2005: Denver Business Journal recognizes RMHS as one of the Best Places to work. Denver Options’ CEO, Stephen Block is selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach non profit management skills at Moscow State University.

2006: RMHS begins to provide statewide traumatic brain injury (TBI) services through a new program in collaboration with the Colorado Adult TBI Connection (then known as the TBI Trust Fund) and the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado.

2007: RMHS begins the Denver 360° program to provide a variety of employment services to families who are striving to break the cycle of poverty through business partnerships and a contract with the City and County of Denver.

2008: With support from Robert "Dob" Bennett’s Hilltop Foundation, RMHS launches Operation TBI Freedom to assist military personnel and veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with a traumatic brain injury. With the continued support of the Hilltop Foundation and grants from El Pomar Foundation, the Anschutz Foundation and the Boeing Charitable Trust, the program establishes an ongoing Survivors Support Program and Spouse Support Program in Colorado Springs.

2011: RMHS begins serving homeless veterans through the Home for all Veterans (HAV) program. We add seven new staff in Colorado Springs, two in Denver and one in Grand Junction to expand our reach.
Provider Quality & Consultation expands training to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of small businesses serving individuals with intellectual disabilities.

2012: The RMHS board approves an expanded mission statement and the name change from Denver Options to RMHS.
RMHS’ representative payee program for Social Security beneficiaries grows to over 90 customers. We purchase and begin implementing representative payee accounting software to more effectively and efficiently serve these customers. RMHS also applies with the Veterans Administration to become a fiduciary for customers who receive veterans’ benefits.
RMHS opens a new developmental library of assistive technology devices for individuals with a traumatic brain injury.
Operation TBI Freedom continues to reach its goal of serving 440 active participants and sets a new goal to increase active participants to 500 members.
RMHS celebrates 20 years of community service with its first gala at the Ritz-Carlton Denver and to reflect its growth.
RMHS staff and board begin work on a plan to expand programming to throughout the Rocky Mountain West over the next decade.