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2023 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

Serving all ages

Adams Camp - Ages 6 to 50+

Adam's Camp Adventure Camp Adventure Camp offers year-round adventures for ages 9+. From five-day overnight summer camp at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch to year-round adventures and road trips held in the Denver Area. Programs support needs and promote growth. Adventure Camp strives to inspire confidence, increase independence, and realize potential. Over the past few years, our team has recognized an opportunity to better support our campers' mental and behavioral health. This expansion increases staff support and experts in mental/behavioral health to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all campers.

Adan, Inc. 

ADAN is Denver-based Public Benefit Corporation that is building a radically different Navigation, Problem Solving and Lifetime Care Planning Platform for these communities. Our Integrated Web-based Tools include Problem-Solving Courses, Super Teams, Communities /Groups, and Toolboxes. These integrated tools are Intuitive and Easily Accessible for individuals, families, and their advocates to solve problems and achieve better outcomes for services, funding, education, employment, family, and a fulfilling life.

 

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.

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.

Special Olympics Colorado

Special Olympics Colorado. Through organized and well-structured sports, athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities can experience many benefits from academic success to increased self-esteem. By offering more than 20 sport opportunities to 1,800+, Denver-based athletes can practice, train, and compete your-round in their schools and communities depending on age.

Projects Serving Children & Youth

BehaviorSpan

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). 

Evoke

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. 

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.

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.

Jewish Family Services ages 18 to 50+

Accessing Community through Digital Citizenship(ACDC) program. This would be a pilot course for a 12-week program in computer/tech literacy and safe, independent internet access for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD).Weekly classes will cover such topics as computer skills and digital literacy, internet safety and privacy, and skills for accessing social media and online communities.

Regis University – Global Inclusive Program ages 18 to 21

Regis University’s GLOBAL Inclusive College Certificate is a higher education program that provides a collegiate experience for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The academic coursework and career exploration prepare these students for employment and independent living with the overall goal of self-sufficiency in adulthood.

 

Revel

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

REVEL Employment Services ages 18 to 50+

Post-secondary Education and Competitive Employment (Transition Youth/Adults): Forward thinking educational and employment opportunities that challenge ableism, stereotypes, and limiting beliefs to meet modern needs.

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

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. 

CFPD

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. 

 

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