Developmental Disabilities

For information on services for people with developmental disabilities, please contact Developmental Pathways at 303.360.6600 or visit

Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy

With the unanimous support of the Board of Douglas County Commissioners, the Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy (Referendum 4A), was placed on the ballot in 2001, proposing a one-mill property tax dedicated to services for persons with developmental disabilities.

Approximately 95 percent of Mill Levy Fund supports the County’s Community-Centered Board, Developmental Pathways, while five percent is retained for the Douglas County Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy (DDML) Grant Program.

Development Disabilities Mill Levy Grant Program

The Grant Program was initiated in 2002.  Just under $4 million in competitive grants have been awarded to organizations delivering local services supporting Douglas County residents with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Grants typically range between $1,000 and $25,000 and are awarded to projects and services that address unmet needs and demonstrate collaborative efforts, and best practices in serving those with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

The Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy Advisory Council is responsible for the annual review of grant applications from organizations seeking funds for local programs. View the summary of applications evaluated in 2018.

The Advisory Council reviews the applications at a series of scheduled meetings. All meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome to attend. Access the meeting schedule and minutes from Douglas County’s meeting portal. Use the meeting group drop down menu to select Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy Advisory Council to view the dates, times and locations of meetings, agendas and minutes.

The Advisory Council reviewed the applications for 2018 funding and prepared recommendations for the Board of County Commissioners to consider. The Advisory Council’s recommendations were approved on November 13, 2018.

Apply for a Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy Grant

All organizations serving Douglas County residents with intellectual or developmental disabilities are welcome to apply for the 2019 funding cycle. The application submittal deadline is May 15.  To be eligible, organizations must attend a mandatory application workshop on April 9, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.   The workshop will be held at the Douglas County Event Center, Conference Rooms,  500 Fairgrounds Road in Castle Rock.  The mandatory workshop online registration form is available by clicking here.

A preview of the instructions and a sample of the application form for services are available prior to the workshop.  Email Tina Dill or Melanie Grothe if you have questions about the application requirements or the process. The applications will be in a fillable PDF format and will be emailed to the organizations attending the workshop.

Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy Advisory Council

Current Advisory Council Members:

  • Bradd Johnson, Highlands Ranch
  • Carol Kumpost, Larkspur
  • Jenny Skinner, Community Centered Board Representative, Castle Rock
  • John Groom, Highlands Ranch
  • Michael Hartberger, Castle Rock
  • Tauni McRae-Couch, Englewood