The Colorado Department of Human Services has recognized the Douglas County Department of Human Services with a “2020 C-Stat Distinguished Performance Award,” according to a press release from the county. 

“Your remarkable performance over this last year helped ensure that Douglas County families in need didn’t go hungry, were connected to meaningful work opportunities, and remained safe,” said Douglas County Commissioner Abe Laydon to Human Services employees at the virtual award ceremony conducted on July 30, according to the release.

The county’s “outstanding” performance efforts were tied to programs that help Coloradans, including helping more local families move toward a stronger economic future by connecting them with meaningful work opportunities and workforce development programs, delivering crucial food and energy assistance in a timely manner and keeping vulnerable adults and children safe, according to the release.

“We believe in being people-first, and it clearly shows that Douglas County lives that out every day,” CDHS executive director Michelle Barnes said in the release. “Douglas County is leading the way as a top performer by delivering fast and consistent services, helping Coloradans find resources and meet the needs of their families.”

In total, the county was recognized for achieving the annual goal on 19 different measures, including the percentage of current child support collected, food assistance payment, case and procedural error rate, and timeliness of Colorado Works applications.

C-Stat is a performance management tool to help CDHS better focus on and improve performance outcomes that enhance people’s lives.

The Distinguished Performance Award recognizes counties that are timely, safe and accurate in work and meeting goals. Counties that meet their goals are more likely to be meeting the needs of individuals and families in their community, and more likely to have higher completion rates of applications. Douglas County was one of 19 that received a 2020 C-Stat Distinguished Performance Award.