Community Initiatives

Applications for 2023 Mill Levy Funding Opening Soon


Each year, RMHS funds about two dozen organizations through its Community Initiatives program, supporting a broad spectrum of innovative services for Denver residents with an I/DD that are not otherwise funded by other programs or resources.


Our high-priority areas are:

  • Housing Stability and Access

  • Behavioral Health

  • Training & Education, including employment

  • Increase Community Awareness (with an emphasis on underserved individuals and/or communities)


More information on how and when to submit applications will be coming soon.

Q&A Sessions

RMHS will host two virtual Q&A sessions to review the application process with interested community agencies.

  • Q&A Session 1: October 5 from 1-2pm

  • Q&A Session 2: October 6 from 12-1pm


Additional details on how to join these meetings will be added soon.

About Mill Levy Community Initiatives


Community Initiatives are made possible by the generous support of Denver taxpayers, who in 2003 overwhelmingly approved a one mill property tax levy to fund services and supports for people with I/DD. A mill is equal to one dollar in property taxes for each $1,000 in assessed property value. The so-called “mill levy” funding supports people with I/DD through a variety of RMHS-managed programs.

2022 Community Initiatives

RMHS encourages a strong community of services and supports for individuals with I/DD in Denver County. Mill levy funds support access and choice through a variety of community agencies and increases the number of community agencies from which individuals can choose as service providers. 

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Projects serving all ages

The Autism Community Center - All Ages

The Autism Community Store is a social enterprise that offers hard-to-find products, resources, support, social and recreational activities, training, and employment opportunities to the I/DD community.

Colorado-Cross Disability Coalition

Probate Power focuses primarily on special needs planning for individuals and families with disabilities, but also assists clients with all other aspects of estate planning and probate administration. Services include, but not limited to, preparing simple and complex wills, revocable living trusts, special needs trusts, financial power of attorney documents, uncontested guardianships/ conservatorships, ABLE accounts, probate administration, and advanced medical directives.

El Groupo Vida

The Resource Center and Community Navigator empowers people with disabilities and their families, with information and training to help them become their best advocate. The purpose of the resource center is to provide culturally competent community navigation and support services to meet prevalent needs as well as increased awareness of and accessibility to services for non-English speaking immigrant families.


Guided By Humanity

Guided by Humanity provides accessible, inclusive, and compassionate yoga and mindfulness programming. GBH creates space to meet the needs and accommodate all students through adaptive techniques and cultural and linguistic competency. 

Parent to Parent

The Mile High Connections Matter! Project supports families with children, youth, and adults with I/DD. The project shares knowledge and information and offers emotional support so that they do not feel alone in their parenting journey. In turn, experienced parents are trained to provide the same support to their peers that are new to parenting a child with delays or an I/DD. Through a unique matching program, the organization can provide individual support upon request to Denver families.

Projects Serving Children & Youth


BehaviorSpan provides center-based Early Intervention center-based ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) services.  The Denver center will work children between 18 months and 7 years old, providing up to 40 hours of learning for each of our clients per week with continuous 1-1 interaction with a therapist and individualized programs developed by a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). 

Connect Us

Utilizing a unique Social Aptitude Inclusive Play model (SAIP), Connect Us trained facilitators guide children with I/DD and their typically developing peers through physical, creative, and collaborative activities while building social and emotional skills, self-confidence, and personal identity in a loosely structured social setting. 


Qualified and willing BCBAs and staff offer a Severe Behavior Day Treatment Program for eligible children and youth with severe behaviors. The project also offers training for their parents/caregivers that Medicaid does not cover. These youth have exhausted other treatment/provider options and are at risk of out-of-state and/or out-of-home residential placement. 

Rise School of Denver

Qualified ECSE licensed teachers and therapists carry out the Rise School of Denver’s mission to provide the highest quality early childhood education for all children, including children with developmental disabilities in an inclusive setting. 

Show and Tell

Through a series of workshops Show and Tell provides parents and transition age youth with information and training about disabilities,  parent and children's legal rights,  the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), and resources in the Denver Metro area.  Show and Tell focuses efforts towards underserved BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) families and connects them with the tools they need to help their children develop essential life skills. 


The BRANCH project empowers children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and trauma to heal and change their life’s story bravely and safely through educational and therapeutic services. 

Therapies For Hope

The Hopeful Beginnings and Hopeful Journey therapy intensive programs provide intensive interdisciplinary therapies for children with developmental disabilities in underserved communities in the greater Denver area. The programs are offered during school breaks and include a sibling program, transportation and meals to mitigate barriers for marginalized families.

Wash Park Dentistry

Wash Park Dentistry will create a Sensory Adapted Dental Environment (SADE) so that children with developmental disabilities, sensory processing disorders, and autism can receive comprehensive dental care at a dental home that is built with their needs in mind. The SADE goal is to provide the right kind of environment to help the children cases be successful without sedation and encourage young patients to actually become excited about visiting the dentist because they know they’ll learn something and be so well-taken care of.

Projects Serving Teens and Early Adulthood

Ability Connection RAMP

The RAMP project provides evidence-based, career focused mentoring/career exploration opportunities for youth with disabilities and other challenges. The RAMP Youth Intensive Services project targets eligible youth in and out of foster care to promote a successful transition into early adulthood in a peer oriented, adult and community supported environment. 

Jovial Concepts

The Jovial Gardens project converts 25 lawns and public spaces into garden classroom in low-income Denver neighborhoods. Utilizing the classrooms, Individuals with I/DD engage in job training and learn marketable skills in “seed to table” programming. Opportunities include growing produce, harvesting crops, nutritional planning and learning to make healthy meals.


The Revel Lounge project offers an environment where people with and without disabilities can connect, work, learn, build relationships and thrive together. There are also opportunities for individualized behavior therapy in a variety on non-traditional settings from the REVEL Supports program

Show and Tell

Through a series of workshops Show and Tell provides parents and transition age youth with information and training about disabilities,  parent and children's legal rights,  the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), and resources in the Denver Metro area.  Show and Tell focuses efforts towards underserved BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) families and connects them with the tools they need to help their children develop essential life skills. 


TACT is a trade and technical training program aimed at youth and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). TACT’s goal is to increase students’ proficiency in their marketable interest(s), imparting skills and confidence needed for workplace preparation and future employment.

Projects Serving Adults

Access Gallery

Access Gallery is an inclusive nonprofit organization that engages the community by opening doors to creative, educational, and economic opportunities for people with disabilities to access, experience, and benefit from the arts.

Activity Options

Fully trained and certified Activity Options staff provide small group, weekend, and evening community activities, as well as overnight travel within Colorado and nearby States for eligible individuals. Project participants choose interest areas such as music, theater, local events, physical activities and/or social opportunities. 


Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities through their Mission Supports project seeks out Individuals at risk of, or currently experiencing homelessness that consider Denver their community and potentially meet I/DD eligibility criteria. If the eligible person wants to pursue support services, the Mission Supports team provides intensive case management and mentorship to complete the eligibility and enrollments process for long term services and supports. 

Easter Seals 

The IPS Supported Employment projects provide employment services to assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to attain competitive and integrated employment (CIE) through job coaching, skills training, and placement. Their model also supports people with I/DD and co-occurring mental illness, allowing supported employment for eligible individuals with behavioral health conditions work at regular jobs of their choosing. 

Laradon MHCD

Laradon and the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD) operationalize their partnership to provide mental health services for dually diagnosed eligible individuals. This partnership sets out to increase cross-cultural competency and increase the availability of providers able to work within this population. 

Wayfaring Band

The Wayfaring Band (TWB) provides real-world opportunities for individuals with I/DD to practice independent living skills and build genuine relationships with other individuals with and without I/DD. They have opportunities to develop their capacity to make choices and self-advocate through anti-ableism and anti-racist education, socialization, and transformative adventure travel experiences.