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Arapahoe and Douglas

Adjacent to each other, the counties of Arapahoe and Douglas are both doing something for the people with disabilities (PWDs) in their land.

The Arapahoe County is the third-most populous county in Colorado while the Douglas County is the eight. The two are a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area, and have 572,003 residents and 285,465 residents, respectively (2010, US Census).

While there is no information how many exactly of its residents have disabilities, the counties have established and maintained till this day its organizations that could either educate or financially assist the PWDs among them. One such example is the Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network (ADMHN) that provides behavioral health care and substance abuse treatment to those with severe and persistent mental illnesses here. Founded in 1955, it would work with other institutions as well as with the cities of Castle Rock, Centennial, Englewood, Littleton, Lone Tree, Parker, and Sheridan to be able to respond effectively to the community’s needs.

In the site of its Department of Human Services, there is the Douglas County Developmental Disability Mill Levy Grant Information that guides Coloradans how they could apply for medical assistance in their county. There is also the Douglas County Youth Initiative: Youth Resources Directory that lists the recreation programs, treatment options, and daycare referrals available. Families concerned on the lack of support and services for fellow residents with developmental disabilities had approached the County Commissioners’ Health Advisory Committee to form the Long Range Plan to Include Adults with Developmental Disabilities.

In here also is located the Developmental Pathways, which is one of Colorado’s 20 Community Centered Board (CCB) serving the residents with developmental disabilities. A 1963 statute authorized CCBs to be the one to provide the services for them.

In a joint effort with the National Association of Counties (NACo), both counties have a prescription drug discount card that could be presented in the participating pharmacies to save up to 24%. There is no enrollment form, no membership fee, and no restrictions on the frequency of use. The program also has laid out a safety feature so that the pharmacists could be alerted when a particular drug would be in conflict with another medication.

Along with the community of Adams, residents in Arapahoe and Douglas Counties are cared for by the Tri-County Health Department. The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties, too, would also help in educating the residents with developmental disabilities as well as their families here .

“There is no place in our society for prejudice of any kind.” ~George H.W. Bush

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of The Arc Arapahoe Douglas

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Developmental Pathways

To assist people of all ages with developmental disabilities in Arapahoe and Douglas is what the Developmental Pathways does.

This non-profit agency in Colorado lives by the principle that ‘full inclusion in community life is attainable for every individual with a developmental disability.’ It started as an alternative to the institutionalized care that families with members that have developmental disabilities were then receiving.

Today, from a community training and services center founded by 21 concerned families in Douglas in 1964, the Developmental Pathways is continuously helping people with developmental disabilities including the latter’s entire family. It has an annual budget of $44 million, $1.4 million of which are from organization’s fund raising.

The Developmental Pathways is currently directed by Melanie Worley. She also served as the commissioner of Douglas County from 1999 to 2009. One of its teams, the early intervention team, is guided, meanwhile, by Kent Dyson and Rachelle Stoddard.

“They said institutional living is not acceptable, and living in the community is as acceptable for those who are developmentally disabled as it is for everyone else.” ~ Melanie Worley