Medical, Food, Cash and Child Care Assistance (PEAK)

The purpose of the Financial and Support Services program is to provide resource referral, financial assistance and child support services to individuals and families so they can support themselves.

Apply now for food, medical or income assistance 

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General assistance questions

Colorado Works Program

  • This is a public assistance program enacted in Colorado in 1997 following federal welfare reform legislation. Colorado Works, administered by the Human Services Department, provides assistance to families in the form of temporary income payments, food stamps, grants, job training and child care assistance to help clients find and retain jobs and gain financial independence.

Food Assistance

  • The mission of the Office of Self Sufficiency Food Assistance Program is to provide a basic level of nutritional well being for eligible low-income families and individuals.
  • The Food Assistance Program provides food benefits in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services (USDA FNS), County Departments of Social Services, and authorized food retailers

Child Care Assistance

Who is eligible for Child Care Assistance?

  • Parents who are working
  • Parents who are searching for a job (13 weeks in a 12 month period)
  • Teen parents (up to age 21) in a high school diploma or GED program
  • Parents needing child care for up to 208 weeks for post-secondary education or training (up to a 1st Bachelor's Degree or less)
  • GED, ESL, Adult Basic Education,k for up to 12 months
  • Families receiving Colorado Works/TANF that are completing countable work activities on their Individual Responsibility Agreement
  • Applicants must be residents of La Plata County
  • Parents must cooperate with Child Support Services

La Plata County
Income Guidelines

Effective 10/01/2016

Number of Persons
In Family
  Maximum Gross
Monthly Income
 2 $2.202.75
 3 $ 2,772.00
4 $3,341.25
5 $3,910.50
6 $4,479.75
7 $5,050.38
8 $5,622.38
9 $6,194.38

To calculate income:
Weekly Gross x 4.33 =
Total Monthly Gross Income
(Gross income is before taxes)

Please fill out a CCCAP application and make
an appointment with the CCCAP Worker

CCCAP Application in English
CCCAP Application in Spanish
CCCAP Re-Determination Application in English
CCCAP Re-Determination Application in Spanish

Colorado Division of Child Care

Child Care Resource and Referral for La Plata, Montezuma, Archuleta, Dolores and San Juan Counties

Mile High United Way Child Care Options

  • Mile High United Way Child Care Options offers a free child care resource and referral service.
  • We provide a list of referrals to licensed child care providers in the area of the family's request and consumer education about how to recognize and select quality care.

Searching for Care in Colorado

Contact a Child Navigator Monday - Friday
From 8 am to 5 pm
Email us at:

To search for child care providers online or to get more
info about how to identify child care, please visit:

Family and Child Medicaid

  • Medicaid is a program that pays for health insurance for some Coloradoans who cannot afford it.  Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) us a low-cost health insurance for certain children and pregnant women;  CHP+ is for people who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to pay for private health insurance. Apply for Medical Assistance today to determine what you qualify for.
  • When state and federal eligibility criteria are met, Medicaid and CHP+ health insurance covers families with children, pregnant women, adults without dependent children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
  • People who are not US citizens may be able to get Medicaid for CHP+ depending on their legal residency, refugee, or asylum status.
  • You may complete an application online (, pick up an application at the La Plata County Department of Human Services, or have an application mailed to you.

Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+)

  • Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) is a low-cost health insurance program for uninsured Colorado pregnant women and/or children ages 18 and under whose families earn or own too much to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private insurance.
  • CHP+ encourages preventive and early primary medical and dental care by removing the financial barriers to health care.

Adult Services

LEAP (Low-Income Energy Assistance Program)

  • Applications are only accepted between November 1 thru April 30
  • LEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Colorado Department of Human Services and is designed to help with your winter heating costs

At a Glance

Contact Information

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10 Burnett Court, First Floor
Durango, CO 81301 (map)

P:  (970) 382-6150
F:  (970) 382-6151

Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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