Rocky Mountain Human Services restricts access to Denver Taxpayer Money, counter to City Ordinance and Voter Initiative

By Maureen Welch, Volunteer Activist

  1. Millions of dollars are available and Rocky Mountain Human Services (RMHS) is choosing not to get it out to qualified, needy and most vulnerable Denver Residents.
  2. Is RMHS planning to use it for expanding their own organization with more employees? The last board meeting in July 2018 shared hiring dozens of therapists, rather than use independent providers in the community. 
  3. The new contract allocates a maximum amount to RMHS of $8.5 million for the remainder of 2018, bringing the total mill levy funding for 2018 to $16 million. It also allocates $14 million for 2019, and $15 million for 2020. per RMHS post here. 
  4. "The new contract allocates a maximum amount to RMHS of $8.5 million for the remainder of 2018, bringing the total mill levy funding for 2018 to $16 million. It also allocates $14 million for 2019, and $15 million for 2020." according to the RMHS July 5, 2018 website.
  5. Rocky Mountain Human Services has unilaterally changed the allowable uses of Denver Taxpayer money intended for "unmet needs of Denver Residents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. This newsletter went out on August 30 and the change was effective the next day, September 1.
  6. This change was not considered by the Community Advisory Council, which supposedly "advises" RMHS on mill levy programs and priorities.Suddenly with no notice, 
  7. Another sudden change, RMHS has also stopped accepting proposals from community partners who use Mill Levy Monies to offer in-demand programming to qualified participants (Denver City and County Proper Residents who also have Intellectual Developmental Disability). It might reopen to requests after January 2018, the website states here.  
  8. See the new RMHS changes to the Client Assistance Fund overview, sent out as a link in their August newsletter. The flyer with new restrictions is below and   here.
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Why? So many unanswered questions.

  1.  Where is the Denver Human Services contracted Needs assessment report Health Management Associates completed in July 2018 which cost $50,000. of  mill levy tax funds. It was supposed to be released to the public, and used transparently to improve the ordinance directive.
  2.  The need in the community is great yet RMHS is not getting the money out. And they are not being inclusive OR transparent. They never ran this past the very council at RMHS which advises on mill levy, the Community Advisory Council.
  3. In the July 2018, Executive Director report to the Board of Directors , it states 86 percent increase in services for Denver residents’ individual needs requests. This demonstrates a great need, and rather than restrict, there should be automation to make requests faster and easier. 
  4.  State Deeper dive coming soon: The Office of State Auditor plans to release their statewide audit of Community Centered Boards in late 2018, including RMHS. 
  5.  Denver Deeper dive: The Denver Auditor's Office will do a follow up audit from the 2015 audit scandal of RMHS, to check in on local mill levy funds in early 2018.
  6. Denver City and County  has these local property tax mill levy funds allocated and they need to be used, to directly meet unmet needs of individuals rather than remain allocated in a budget, but never distributed.