Alamosa County - Social and Human Services(719) 589-2581
8900-C Independence Way
Alamosa, CO - 81101
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Alamosa County Human Services Department aid individuals and families through programs to protect adults and children when most in need; services provided through this department also assist youth/families in properly handling family and community conflicts and may assist in helping people become employed. The Alamosa County Department of Social Services is organized into seven units; two units that provide protective services to families and adults, a Core Service unit that provides services designed to help families function and to help reunite children with their families, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families unit, which also determines Medicaid and food assistance eligibility for that population as well as determining eligibility and authorizing payment for child care assistance, the Adult Category Income Maintenance unit which determines eligibility for old age pension, aid to the needy disabled, nursing homes, Medicaid and food stamps, the Investigation and Child Support Enforcement unit, and the Administrative Support unit.
To apply for any of our programs you may come into our office and pick up an application or fill-out and print an application online. If filling out the application online, please print it and bring it in to our office.
Typical Application Processing Time
From the date the agency receives your completed application, we must act within:
7 days for Expedited Food Assistance, 30 days for Food Assistance;
45 days for Colorado Works/TANF, Colorado Supplement, Old Age Pension (OAP)
Medicaid, Old Age Pension –State Medical Program, and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+)
60 days for State Aid to the Needy Disabled (AND) and Aid to the Blind (AB)
90 days for Medicaid applications based on disability for Long Term Care.
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.