Crowley County Department of Human Services(719) 267-3546
631 Main Street, Suite 100
Ordway, CO - 81063
Crowley County Department of Human Services is committed to providing assistance and protective services to its residents by encouraging personal, social and financial responsibility through a variety of services and educational opportunities.
Our family and adult programs assist individuals in reaching their maximum potential of self-sufficiency by providing temporary and appropriate supportive services. believe that public assistance is a short-term solution and that long-term self-support is the ultimate goal.
Our child welfare workers provide protective services to children and teens through education, foster care, counseling, and advocacy.
Our child support enforcement division helps children get the financial and medical support they need and deserve by locating non-custodial parents, establishing paternity and assisting with support orders.
There are a variety of services available for families as well as individuals. To apply for assistance stop by the Department of Human Services office at 631 Main Street, Suite 100 in Ordway.
Adult Medical – may help eligible individuals pay for Medicare premiums.
Aid to the Needy Disabled (AND) & Aid to the Blind (AB) - is a financial assistance program for individuals temporarily or permanently unable to work due to disability.
Child Health Plan Plus (CHP) - is a low-cost health and dental insurance for Colorado children.
Colorado Works (TANF) - provides cost-of-living assistance to eligible low-income families or women who are six months pregnant or more.
Family Medicaid (FM) - Medicaid provides assistance with medical expenses through two programs - Medicaid and CHP+ - for children up to 19 years old.
Food Assistance (FA) - helps low-income families supplement their nutritional needs by providing financial assistance to purchase food.
Long Term Care - provides assistance to individuals who are Medicaid-eligible and at-risk of placement in a nursing facility.
Old Age Pension (OAP)- provides financial help for residents age 60 or older with little or no income, and provides Medicaid for eligible applicants.
A separate application is required for the following programs:
Child Care Assistance (CCAP) - is provided to families who qualify based on family size and gross family income. Benefits are available for children birth through age 12. More Information & Application
Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) - helps needy families pay a percentage of their winter heating costs and is available from November through April each year. More Information & Application
Child Support Enforcement (CSE) - helps children get the financial and medical support they need and deserve by locating non-custodial parents, establishing paternity and establishing/modifying/enforcing support orders and medical support orders. More Information & Application
How to Apply for Services:
To determine eligibility, an application must be completed with verification of income, resources, expenses, Social Security number(s), proof of lawful presence and a signed affidavit. An interview will determine if any further verification is required.
What to Bring When Applying
Bring as many of the following documents as possible. Do not wait to apply if you do not have all verifications needed. You can gather needed information after your application has been received.
Proof of Age, such as
Statement from Social Security
Picture Identification Card
Military Discharge Papers
Alien Registration Card
Proof of U.S. citizenship, such as:
Social Security card
Alien Registration Papers
Proof of Colorado residency, such as:
Proof of your and your spouse's gross income, such as:
Verification of social security and SSI
Letter from employer
Proof of other income or checks you receive (child support, alimony, self-employment, financial aid)
Proof of resources, such as:
Checking/Savings/Certificate of Deposit Bank Statements
Letter from the Bank
Statements for investment accounts, stocks, bonds
Vehicle Registration (vehicles, boats, motor homes, etc.)
Letter from Broker
Life Insurance Policy
Letter from Life Insurance Company
Burial Contract or Policy
Letter from County Assessor's Office
Proof of Application of Supplemental Security Income: Applicants/recipients of OAP may be required to apply for SSI benefits.
Statement from SSA showing application has been filed and appointment kept.
Once you receive services:
In the State of Colorado, all cash and food assistance benefits are credited to and accessed through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system called the Colorado Quest Card. You will receive a Quest Card when you apply and are approved for benefits. A Quest card works like a debit card, and is swiped through a counter-top terminal device at the checkout counter. This card can be used for purchasing groceries and withdrawing cash benefits from automatic teller machines (ATM). Most grocery stores display the QUEST card logo in their window.
Entering your Personal Identification Number (PIN) gives you access to your benefits. Never tell your PIN to anyone! If someone has your PIN, they can use your card to get access to your benefits, which will not be replaced.
Benefits are deposited into your EBT account on the same day each month. Use the chart below to determine which day of the month your benefits will be deposited into your account.
The Colorado Works - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. States receive grants to design and operate programs that accomplish one of the purposes of the TANF program.
The four purposes of the TANF program are to:
Provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes
Reduce the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage
Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies
Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families
Colorado PEAK is a State online service for Coloradoans to screen themselves and apply for medical, food, and cash assistance programs.
Must meet ColoradoWorks income, resource, and non-financial criteria.
Families must have a dependent child in the home.
Participation is based on the employability assessment and job readiness – as defined by the client.
Services Provided: The client is involved in job search designed to help the family find employment within 60 days. Services and payments are based on need and agreed upon during the development of an Individual Responsibility Contract. Services include, but are not limited to: job search assistance, career counseling, financial assistance and case management. They also receive child care assistance (CCCAP), Medicaid, and Food Stamps. Participants can access on-site partners and other community referrals.
Time Limits: Diversion II is a time-limited program lasting 60 days in most cases. Failure to gain employment within the 60 day period can result in a roll over to Colorado Works or if the family failed to follow the contract they can be denied Colorado Works for 90 days.