You can still apply for benefits, report child abuse and neglect

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RBC | As the novel coronavirus continues to affect Colorado, our fellow citizens still need human services, and there are easy, online ways to apply and get benefits for you and your family. Please visit:

We at the Rio Blanco County Department of Human Services also want to remind the public that, while there are schedule disruptions and changes with school and daily life, the safety and well-being of those we serve is of the utmost importance.

Please report child abuse or neglect by calling 1.844.CO.4.KIDS (1.844.264.5437). Call 911 immediately if you witness a child in a life-threatening situation. More than half of the child abuse and neglect phone calls we receive come from mandatory reporters, including teachers and school staff. While schools are closed in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, it is even more important that everyone report their concerns about the safety and well-being of a child or teen.

Calling the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline is the best way to let child welfare professionals know that you have a concern so they can assess a child’s safety and well-being. 

Rio Blanco County Department of Human Services (RBCDHS) has received six referrals of child abuse and neglect in March compared to 27 referrals in February.

Special to the Herald Times