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.
2013: RMHS served, 1,500 adults and 2,500 children with developmental disabilities, 1,000 Veterans and service members, 1,000 adults with traumatic brain injury and helped 600 low-income families seeking employment.
In fiscal year 2013, more than 88% of RMHS’ budget went to program costs, well above the reported non-profit average of 80%.
RMHS was awarded a Veterans Behavioral Health Services Project Grant from The Denver Foundation. The grant will be used to expand parenting, substance abuse and employment readiness classes offered through Operation TBI Freedom (OTF).
Operation TBI Freedom received its largest private gift since its inception.
RMHS, in collaboration with Volunteers of America, helped to shorten service delivery times for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Between 2012 and 2013 Colorado experienced the second largest decrease in the number of homeless Veterans in the nation.
RMHS is named the sixth best midsized company to work for in Denver as part of the Denver Post’s Top Workplaces list for 2013.
The Assessment & Consultation Team (ACT), part of RMHS’ Child & Family Programs, is selected through a competitive process to present at a national conference held in San Antonio, TX, in December 2013.
2014: We hosted our first annual Colorado Hike for Honor in Sept. 2014. The event raised funds for Operation TBI Freedom, RMHS’ privately funded program assisting Service Members and Veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI).
RMHS began providing peer mentorship services to Veterans participating in the Veterans Treatment Court in El Paso and Teller Counties in 2014.
In 2014 RMHS was selected by the State of Colorado as a service provider for the ReHire Colorado Program, an employment program for a variety of low-income populations, including Veterans.
RMHS, in conjunction with numerous other public and nonprofit organizations, formed the Western Slope Veterans Coalition (WSVC) in 2014. The WSVC serves as a hub for activities related to Veteran support and a point of connection between public and private efforts on serving Veterans in the Roaring Fork Valley and Western Slope.
As a result of State Legislation that temporarily eliminated the wait list for state waiver programs for adults with developmental disabilities, RMHS began enrolling several hundred new clients into adult services, many who had been waiting several years for support.
2015: RMHS became a Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Charity through the BBB of Denver/Boulder.
We hosted the first annual Brain Injury Benefit & Soiree in conjunction with Craig Hospital and Jax Fish House to raise funds for individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Proceeds were shared between RMHS and Craig Hospital. RMHS is utilizing the funds to support recreational activities for adults with TBI to help them regain social skills.
The Denver Post recognized RMHS as a Top 100 Workplace on its 2015 list.
Our Homes for All Veterans program opened a Veteran Housing Resource Center in Colorado Springs as part of our collaborative efforts to end Veteran homelessness in the city.
RMHS was awarded a grant to expand employment services for homeless Veterans from El Paso County to Fremont and Pueblo Counties.
RMHS received a grant from Wounded Warrior Project to provide employment services to post-9/11 Veterans.
RMHS welcomed Shari Repinski as our Interim Executive Director.
CTAT, the Center for Technical Assistance & Training, became an independent LLC after 21 years as a program of RMHS.
RMHS created a strategic plan that refocuses staff efforts on organizational transparency, core services and operations.