Colorado Public Agencies

Colorado Department of Human Services

The mission of the Colorado Department of Human Services is to design and deliver quality human services that improve the safety and independence of the people of Colorado. Colorado is a state-supervised, county-administered system for the traditional social services, including programs such as public assistance and child welfare services.

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Division of Youth Corrections

The mission of the Division of Youth Corrections is to protect, restore, and improve public safety through a continuum of services and programs that:

  • Effectively supervise juvenile offenders
  • Promote offender accountability to victims and communities, and
  • Build skills and competencies of youth to become responsible citizens.

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Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing administers the Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus programs as well as a variety of other programs for Colorado’s low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities.

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Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice

The mission of the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) is to improve the public safety of the community, the quality of services to crime victims, and the effectiveness of services to offenders. DCJ accomplishes this by analyzing policy, conducting criminal justice research, managing programs, and administering grants.

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Colorado Department of Education

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) supports and serves 178 school districts with their work to provide quality learning for more than 800,000 preK-12 students statewide. CDE also serves adult education and the state’s libraries.

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Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

The mission of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is to protect and preserve the health and environment of the people of Colorado. The department is organized into 11 divisions that fall under three broad groupings: health programs, environmental programs and  administration. The health programs are comprised of the Center for Health and Environmental Information and Statistics, Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division, Emergency Preparedness and Response Division, Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division, Laboratory Services Division, Prevention Services Division and the Office of Health Disparities.

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Office of Child Representative (OCR)

OCR is charged with improving best interest representation for Colorado’s children. The office contracts with over 250 attorneys who represent youth in dependency and neglect (child abuse), delinquency, domestic relations, paternity, truancy and probate cases. Effective legal representation and advocacy is a critical element in giving children a voice in the Colorado Court System.

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Colorado Judicial Department

The Colorado Judicial Branch is a fair and impartial system of justice that  protects constitutional and statutory rights and liberties; assures equal access; provides fair, timely and constructive resolution of cases; enhances public safety; supervises offenders; and facilitates victim and community reparation.

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Division of Probation Services

The mission of the Division of Probation Services is to improve the quality of probation services in Colorado through assistance, training and leadership. Activities of the Division include coordinated training; evaluation; policy and program development and implementation; legislative and budget coordination; and interagency collaboration. To that end, the Division and representatives of local probation departments developed a common ground statement to help guide the activities of Colorado Probation.

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