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Chaffee County DHS – Department of Health and Human Services

Website: http://www.chaffee-hhs.org/

Salida, CO - 81201

Financial Help Provided: TANF, Finanacial Assistance, Welfare Office

Full Description:

The Chaffee County Health and Human Services departments work together to advocate and provide for the health and wellness of our citizens. We provide responsive programs for the entire community, young and old. We believe the people of Chaffee County are the safest, healthiest & most self sufficient in Colorado.
    Accounting and Administration
    Adult Protection
    Child Protective Services (CPS)
    Child Support Enforcement
    Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP)
    Public Assistance

Services provided by the Public Assistance Unit are:

Cash Assistance Programs

Aid to the Blind (State AB) This program is for persons, ages birth to 59, who are blind.            This is a cash only program and does not include medical assistance.

Aid to the Needy Disabled (State AND) This program is for persons, ages 18-59, who are totally disabled, for at least 6 months. This is a cash only program and does not include medical assistance.

Colorado Supplement to SSI (Supplemental Security Income) This program is for persons who are receiving SSI but not receiving the full SSI amount.

Colorado Works/TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) Through the Colorado Works Program, counties provide family stabilization assistance and other supportive services to enable eligible low-income families to find and retain employment and to provide for their children.  Assistance and services provided may include child care, housing and transportation, cash payments, counseling for those experiencing domestic violence, mental health or substance abuse problems, and services aimed to reduce the incidences of out-of-wedlock births and encourage the formation and maintenance of two parent families.

Food Assistance Food Assistance is a program to assist with the cost of food.

Home Care Allowance This is a cash assistance program for individuals that need assistance in daily living.

Old Age Pension This is a cash assistance program for low-income persons, ages 60 or over, and may include medical benefits.

Medical Assistance Programs


Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) This program provides health insurance for low-income children up to age 19 and pregnant women.

Family Medical Assistance This program provides medical insurance for children up to age 19, families and pregnant women.

Emergency Medical Services (non-qualifying citizens) This program is for non-citizens who need help with an emergency medical expense.  All persons are eligible to apply regardless of age.

Long Term Care (Nursing Home) This is a program for person needing help to pay for services in a medical facility for more than 30 consecutive days.  These persons have to meet a medical assessment.

Long Term Care (Home and Community Based Services) This is a program for person needing help to pay for services in their home for more than 30 consecutive days.  These persons have to meet a medical assessment.

Medicare Savings Program (QMB, SLMB, QI-1) These programs may help persons receiving Part A (Prescriptions are not a covered benefit.)

Medicare Part D–Low Income Subsidy (LIS) This program may help person receiving Medicare Part D with their premiums, co-pays and deductibles.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Medicaid This program provides medical benefits for anyone receiving SSI. (No application needed for this program)

Old Age Pension-State Medical Program This program may help person receiving Old Age Pension Financial Assistance.

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1. Make an appointment - Always attempt to make an appointment. Oftentimes this will save you hours waiting in lines. When on the phone make sure you ask for the documentation needed in order to receive assistance.

2. Do not be late for your appointment - This tip should speak for itself.

3. Dress appropriately - If you want to be treated with respect, dress as appropriately as possible. We are not saying wear a suit. Just make sure you and your clothes are clean and non offensive. We have found that clients who dress in this manner have a better chance of receiving aid.

4. Bring all pre determined documentation - Bring all of the documents you were advised to bring from your appointment phone call. Without them, you will not receive aid.

Mission Statement
To help the needy find financial aid and assistance. This nation is going through tough times and providing a helping hand can help make the world a better place.