RMHS Announces 2019 Mill Levy-Funded Initiatives
Program Supports External Organizations Dedicated to Providing Unique Services to Denver Residents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Rocky Mountain Human Services (RMHS) is excited to announce the 2019 organizations receiving mill levy funding to provide unique services to Denver residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). For the 2019 project cycle, RMHS is providing $3.1M of mill levy funding for 28 projects offered by 24 organizations including 12 new projects.
RMHS receives a portion of property tax revenue, or mill levy funding, from Denver Human Services to support individual needs, enhance RMHS programs and provide funding to people, organizations and businesses that have unique programs for Denver residents with I/DD. This is part of RMHS’ commitment to supporting a strong community of services and supports for people with I/DD. These external initiatives facilitate access and choice and increase the options for Denver residents with I/DD and their families to achieve their goals.
The RMHS Community Advisory Council identified five distinct priorities before RMHS made the request for 2019 proposals. The areas are housing stability and access, behavioral health, training and education, transportation and recreation. The Council also established the process for applying and evaluating the proposals and provided input on the selection of the final funding recipients based on their five identified priorities.
RMHS also identified seven priority areas for the initiatives which are complementary to the Community Advisory Council priorities. They are basic needs/ environmental supports, behavioral/mental health, client education and increasing independence, medical and dental needs, social/recreational needs, training and support and system gaps. The initiatives are varied in their targeted age groups and audiences, but share key details; they are free and designed to benefit thousands of Denver residents with I/DD.
The 28 initiatives funded during the 2019 project cycle are:
Expansion of the Studio and Digital Art programs offered by Access Gallery.
Project World offered by Activity Options.
The Anchor Center Family Respite Care Program offered by the Anchor Center for Blind Children.
Higher Visions in Education and Family Friendly Programs offered by the Art Garage.
Autism Community Center offered by the Autism Community Store.
Probate Power offered by the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition.
Mission Supports Program offered by the Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities.
A Social Inclusion Project offered by Connect Us.
Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Supported Employment Pilot offered by Easterseals Colorado.
ResourceAbility Program offered by Financial Health Institute.
First Responder Training and Awareness Program offered by Firefly Autism.
Inclusive yoga classes and a mindfulness cooking class offered by Guided by Humanity.
A Ride Share Education Program offered by Honeyman Services, LLC.
Behavioral Services offered by Laradon.
Mile High Connections Matter! Connecting Denver Parents to Information, Training and Emotional Support offered by Parent to Parent of Colorado (P2P-CO).
REVEL Lounge and Mentor Program.
Music Therapy offered by the Rise School of Denver.
Scaling Up and Sustaining Program-Wide Inclusion Using the LEAP Preschool Framework offered by the Rise School of Denver.
Arts and Community Explorations (ACE) offered by SHALOM Denver.
Teaching the Autism Community Trades (T.A.C.T.).
Expansion of the Adaptive Skills for People with Emotional Needs (ASPEN) and Behavior Resources and Adaptive Needs in the Community and Home (BRANCH) programs offered by the Tennyson Center for Children.
Parent ESDM Group Coaching Model offered by Thrive Autism Collaborative.
Project Independence offered by THRIVE Center.
Redeem offered by THRIVE Center.
Leadership and Life Skills Through Travel offered by The Wayfaring Band.
For more information about the RMHS Mill Levy Program and the mill levy funded initiatives, visit www.rmhumanservices.org/ml.