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 and the Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy Grant Program

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 Grant Program.

Douglas County Developmental Disabilities Competitive Grant Program

Since 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 demonstrate innovative and collaborative efforts, as well as 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 supporting residents with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The Advisory Council reviews the applications at a series of scheduled meetings.  Here is the Summary of Applications.

The Advisory Council met in September and October to evaluate the 2018 applications and make recommendations for the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners’ (BCC) consideration.  Their recommendations will be presented to the BCC at 1:30 on November 13 in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room.  All meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome to attend.

What’s Next

All organizations serving Douglas County residents with I/DD are welcome to apply for the 2019 funding cycle. Changes to the application, the submittal deadline, and reporting requirements are under discussion, and your feedback is welcome. Please email Tina Dill to provide suggestions or ask to be notified of these changes and receive an application for funding.

A one-year funding cycle and year-end report will be effective in 2019. The submittal deadline and reporting requirements will be publicized well in advance and previous applicants will be emailed. A mandatory meeting will be held for all who wish to apply due to the changes planned.

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