Social Services

Social Services Help

Community Centered Boards

Statewide

There are 20 Community Centered Boards throughout Colorado. Click on the website for a complete list with links to their websites and contact information. These agencies provide case management for people with an intellectual developmental disability. You will need to call the board in your area and talk to them to see if you qualify for their help.

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Department of Human Services

Statewide

Click on the website link for a list of every county's Department of Human Services (DHS) office. You can then click on the website for the county where you live. Hours, addresses, and additional information you need will be on the website. Sometimes it can be easier to apply in person for benefits, so you might want to call and ask for a screening interview appointment as well as the documents you need to bring to the interview. Not every DHS office throughout Colorado provides the same services.

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Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

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Division of Vocational Rehabilitation helps people with a disability prepare for and find employment. Offices are located throughout Colorado, so click on the website to see the complete list of locations and phone numbers. Call to make an appointment. Many of the offices are located inside Workforce Centers. Click on Success Stories on their website to learn more about the services they provide.

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Medicare Interactive

Statewide

Medicare Interactive (MI) is a free online tool designed to help you navigate Medicare and other kinds of insurance. The website includes lots of information about Medicare, including what it covers, programs to help with its costs, and rights and protections.

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Social Security Medicare

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Medicare is a health insurance program for people 65 and older. You apply for Medicare at a Social Security Administration office or online. Click on the website to learn more about what it covers, to find care, and to apply for Medicare.

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Social Security Retirement

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Social Security Administration pays retirement benefits to people who worked and paid Social Security taxes. Benefits may start at age 62. Click on the website to learn more as you may want to wait until you are older to start collecting Social Security retirement.

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Social Security Ticket to Work

Statewide

Social Security's Ticket to Work supports career development for people ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI/SSI) and want to work. Click on the website to learn more. The program is free and voluntary. Call the number for more info and to find the closest Ticket to Work program.

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SSI Supplemental Security Income

Statewide

Social Security Administration pays benefits to people who are disabled and low income without many resources. You apply for SSI benefits at a SSA office. It is a MYTH that people released from incarceration can receive a $1500 benefit because they are emotionally/mentally unprepared to work. It is also a MYTH that formerly incarcerated people are classified as a "disadvantaged minority." Click on the website for accurate info.

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The Arc of Colorado

Statewide

The ARC of Colorado is an advocacy organization that helps people with an intellectual or developmental disability. There are 14 chapters across the state. You can call The Arc of Colorado at 303-864-9334 if you’re not sure where to start to get help . The website has a list of all of the ARC chapters with addresses and phone numbers.

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