Social Services

The mission of the Ouray County Department of Social Services is to enable individuals and families to achieve safety, independence and self-sufficiency through the provision of professional, fiscally responsible, quality human service in a progressive, collaborative, and customer service oriented environment.

Child Protection Hotline 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437)

In an emergency or if you witness a child in a life threatening situation, call 911!

Colorado has a toll-free phone number to report child abuse and neglect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Please call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-844-CO-4-KIDS, (1-844-264-5437) to report concerns about a child’s safety and well-being. All calls are confidential and will be routed to the county where a child resides. Everyone in the community plays a role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

All Coloradans who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits saw a reduction in their monthly benefit amount after February 2023. The temporary additional benefit amounts (emergency allotments) are ending due to the result of recent congressional action. This is a change enacted by Congress and is not appealable. SNAP serves more than 290,000 households and 554,000 individuals in Colorado each month by providing money to purchase food and safeguard the well-being of SNAP participants and their families. For more information, please visit Colorado DHS's SNAP website.


Children, Youth and Family Services

Adolescent Services 

Adult Protection

Child Welfare

Family Preservation Services

Foster Parenting

Independent Living

Out of Home Placement

Self Sufficiency Programs

Aid to the Blind

Aid to the Needy Disabled

Child Care Assistance (CCCAP)

Child Support Services

Colorado Works (TANF)

Food Assistance (SNAP)

Low Income Energy Assistance (LEAP)


Non-Emergent Medicaid Transportation (NEMT)

Old Age Pension

Other Services

General Assistance

Community Referrals