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 2.

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, the 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 nonprofit 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 Homes for all Veterans (HAV) program and adds seven new staff in Colorado Springs, two in Denver and one in Grand Junction to expand services.
  • 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 a 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 is awarded the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program from the Department of Labor to serve homeless Veterans and those at risk for homelessness in finding, securing and retaining employment.
  • RMHS opens a new developmental library of assistive technology devices for individuals with a traumatic brain injury.
  • TBI Freedom reaches 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, benefiting the Child & Family Programs department and Operation TBI Freedom.
  • Staff and board begin work on a plan to expand programming 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 600 low-income families seeking employment.
  • In fiscal year 2013, more than 88% of RMHS’ budget goes to program costs, well above the reported non-profit average of 80%.
  • RMHS is awarded a Veterans Behavioral Health Services Project Grant from The Denver Foundation. The grant is used to expand parenting, substance abuse and employment readiness classes offered through Operation TBI Freedom (OTF).
  • Operation TBI Freedom receives its largest private gift since its inception.
  • RMHS, in collaboration with Volunteers of America, helps 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 awarded the ReHire supported employment grant by the State of Colorado and receives a renewal of the federal HVRP grant supporting veteran housing for an additional three years.
  • 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.

2014: 

  • RMHS hosts our first annual Colorado Hike for Honor in September. The event raises funds for Operation TBI Freedom.
  • RMHS begins providing peer mentorship services to Veterans participating in the Veterans Treatment Court in El Paso and Teller Counties.
  • RMHS is awarded the 4th Judicial Veteran’s Trauma Court Peer Mentor Contract to serve El Paso County. Participants number between 95-110 at any given time.
  • RMHS is awarded a $3 million SSVF surge grant, known as Priority 1, to serve El Paso County Homeless Veterans from 2014-2017. Homes for all Veterans expands its Denver staff and increases the geographic area to cover Northern Colorado and Cheyenne, Wyoming.
  • The ReHire Colorado Program contract is renewed.
  • RMHS, in conjunction with numerous other public and nonprofit organizations, forms the Western Slope Veterans Coalition (WSVC). The WSVC serves as a hub for activities related to Veteran support and a point of connection between public and private efforts for Veterans in the Roaring Fork Valley and Western Slope.
  • Colorado Springs is named as the only city in Colorado to accept the national Mayor’s Challenge to end Homelessness.
  • RMHS develops a Military and Veterans Program department to provide an umbrella for the six programs that serve Veterans:  Operation TBI Freedom, Homes for All Veterans, ReHire, Veteran Employment Services, and Veterans Treatment Court.
  • As a result of state legislation that temporarily eliminated the wait list for state waiver programs for adults with developmental disabilities, RMHS begins 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.
  • RMHS hosts a Brain Injury Benefit & Soiree in conjunction with Craig Hospital and Jax Fish House to raise funds for individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  • The Denver Post recognized RMHS as a Top 100 Workplace.
  • 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 to Fremont and Pueblo counties.
  • RMHS receives a grant from Wounded Warrior Project to provide employment services to post-9/11 Veterans.
  • RMHS welcomes Shari Repinski as the Interim Executive Director.
  • CTAT, the Center for Technical Assistance & Training, becomes an independent LLC after 21 years as a program of RMHS.
  • RMHS creates a strategic plan that refocuses staff efforts on organizational transparency, core services and operations.

2016:

  • RMHS announces the expansion of the BABIES Learning Collaborative, an exciting initiative begun in 2014, which ensures that medically fragile preemies and newborns receive holistic care to decrease their risk for subsequent developmental delays or disorders.
  • RMHS transfers the Operation TBI Freedom Program to Craig Hospital.
  • Shari Repinski is announced as the second Executive Director in Rocky Mountain Human Services/Denver Option’s history on May 11th.
  • RMHS increases stakeholder involvement and information through an increase in the number of community meetings and additional financial and organizational information on the RMHS website.
  • RMHS welcomes Governor John Hickenlooper to the RMHS office for the signing of the “CCB Transparency” bill that became law on August 10th. 
  • RMHS prioritizes improved systems and accounting structures to consistently and reliably allocate costs across programs and account for mill levy funding.
  • A mill levy survey is created and distributed and RMHS hosts an array of forums and discussion groups focusing on system gaps for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.