Summit County Commissioner appointed to Colorado Board of Human Services
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Summit County Commissioner Thomas Davidson to the State Board of Human Services on Tuesday. Davidson, a resident of Dillon, will serve on the board until March 1, 2019.
“I am thrilled that the governor selected me for this position,” Davidson said. “I’ve been doing various different projects related to the department, so I’m familiar with a lot of different things I’ll be working on.”
For his work with the board, Davidson will help adopt policies, rules and regulations for Department of Human Services administration. The board also adjusts the minimum award for old-age pensions to account for changes in the cost of living. Another piece of Davidson’s work will be to adopt rules and regulations concerning foster care and adoption procedures, and for programs addressing mental health, alcohol and drug abuse, and developmental disabilities.
“I’m thinking about the importance of local communities tailoring to the needs of their community as well as if the system is working overall,” Davidson said. “Here at the local level, we have a good track record of Summit County government working with local nonprofits.”
Much of Davidson’s past work in human services focused on preventative measures. Previous projects include creating a statewide hotline for reporting suspected child welfare incidents, and funding SafeCare, a program that provides parents with in-home training on the safety and health of their children.
Davidson also helped fund a program that connects at-risk families with nonprofits before they reach a welfare situation, and revised Colorado’s child care system to provide funding for parents who are going back to work and in need of child care.
“This is complicated and sometimes emotional work and decision-making, helping families who are struggling though the recession,” Davidson said.
Davidson and other nominees will stand before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee for confirmation on April 9.
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