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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.

The County distributes 94.5% of the Mill Levy funds to support the County’s Community-Centered Board, Developmental Pathways, while 5.5% 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 over $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.  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 2019 funding and prepared recommendations for the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) to consider. The BCC has final approval of the Advisory Council’s recommendations, which were approved on Sept. 10, 2019.  View the summary of applications awarded funding in 2019.

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 2020 funding cycle, and the application submittal deadline is May 15.  View a sample application form here.  If you are new to the DDML application process please contact Tina Dill or Melanie Grothe to be notified when the applications are available.  Previous DDML applicants will automatically be notified.  If your contact information has changed in the last year please let us know.

Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy Advisory Council 

Current Advisory Council Members:

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