“Redeterminations” for food stamps and Medicaid temporarily suspended in Denver County
During the covid19 pandemic, one very positive decision made at the state level is to suspend the redetermination process for food stamp assistance and Medicaid until at least August 1st. So if your redetermination comes up, you should be able to continue to receive your food and medical benefits without interruption. According to a representative at Denver Human Services, this does not apply to cash assistance benefits which have to be re-certified.
Applying for new benefits in Denver
You can apply for new benefits on line at: colorado.gov/peak. In Denver, you can go to the Denver Human Services (DHS) office at 1200 Federal Blvd where a table has been set up with paper applications. You can call DHS for assistance at (720) 944-4347. There is also a hotline that has been set up; it’s dedicated to clients that need to apply for assistance without internet access. Runners will bring paper copies of applications to you. That hotline number is: (720) 944-1520.
Jeffco offers flexibility in new and renewing cases for benefits
Jefferson County Human Services (Jeffco HS) is accepting applications for benefits including: food stamps, Medicaid, cash assistance, and long term care. Redeterminations for benefits are being made, but where possible county workers are flexing with the rigors of the pandemic. Interviews are being waived wherever possible. Human services agents recommend working on line to initiate or renew benefits at www.colorado.gov/peak). Understanding that many people who need benefits don’t have computers (and now with covid 19 closings, little access to them in libraries) Jeffco HS staff members are mailing paper applications upon request. The number at Jeffco Human Services is (303) 271-1388. There is a drop box for the applications at the Jeffco Human Services building at 900 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, CO, 80401.
You can also get help from Mile High United Way by calling 211 and from Hunger Free Colorado at: 1-855-855-4626.
Insuring vitally needed medical and food benefits is paramount for yourselves and your loved ones with mental illness. The other obvious need during the covid19 crisis is something that we’re all feeling—the powerful need to stay connected while we do our best to cope with the pandemic. For those in the mental health community, this means advocating for those whose mental health conditions may also isolate them.