Social Services

SNAP Benefits Are Changing after February 2023!

SNAP Households Will See a Reduction in Benefits to the Pre-pandemic Monthly Amount Beginning March 2023

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress authorized Emergency Allotments to help meet food needs. These Emergency Allotments are temporary and will be ending in March 2023, decreasing the total amount of benefits each month for SNAP households in Colorado.

We know this change may have a significant impact on many SNAP families. To help reduce the impact on households, families can:

Roll over EBT benefits to the next month, if they are able to. This may help cushion the impact of the reduction in benefits.

Stock up on non-perishable items now, while households have the additional benefits. 

Stretch food ingredients and plan to use them in more than one meal. This helps to save money and reduce food waste. 

Consider freezing produce to make fruit and vegetables last longer. 

Look at unit prices to compare similar products at the grocery store. 

If you or someone you know needs help with food resources, you can visit to find the closest food pantry to you.

SNAP participants can call their local county human services office for questions about their benefits.

For more information, please visit

Disclaimer: The state and counties are not able to extend emergency benefits.

Available Services

The Social Services Department provides:
  • Child protection services
  • Child support enforcement services
  • General assistance to county residents
  • Referrals to employment services
  • Self-sufficiency and medical assistance programs

Are you having trouble accessing services from Medicaid Prime providers in Montrose? Click here for more information... 

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Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)

Colorado's LEAP is a federally funded program that helps families, individuals, seniors and those with disabilities pay a portion of their winter home heating costs. LEAP is not intended to cover all costs of home heating for qualifying participants, but rather to help alleviate some of the energy burden associated with colder winter months. Click here for more information. 

Adult Services

Tri-County adult services are done through Single Entry Point Agency. For more information call Julie Miller at 970-252-5000.

Report Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect

Everyone in the community plays a role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. If it is an emergency or you are witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation, call 9-1-1 immediately. 

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. 

You may also call the Ouray County Department of Social Services at (970) 626-2299.

To create an accurate record of the conversation, all reports of child abuse and neglect may be monitored and recorded.

We're pleased to provide access to online training and other resources for Colorado citizens who care about children, youth and families. For information on mandatory reporting, click here.  

Child Support

Child support services are contracted to Montrose County Child Support Enforcement Unit. For more information please call Administrator Cherrie Schlauger at 970-252-4200, or visit:

1200 N. Grand Ave.

Suite C

Montrose, CO 81401