Health & Human Services

Report Child or Adult Abuse or Neglect

To report child or adult abuse or neglect, call 1-844-264-5437 or (970) 707-7005. If it is an emergency or you are witnessing a child or adult in a life-threatening situation, call 911 immediately.

West Central Public Health Partnership Child Fatality Review Team Meeting #1: May 9th, 2023 from 10a-12p.* 

West Central Public Health Partnership Child Fatality Review Team Meeting #2: May 12th, 2023 from 10a-12p.*

*Case review meetings go into executive session in accordance with Colorado revised Statute 24-6-402, Open Meetings Law.

Contact Erika Stoerkel, West Central Public Health Partnership Grants Coordinator/Child Fatality Review Coordinator, for more information. 


The mission of the Gunnison County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is to provide culturally-competent advocacy, prevention, protection and support services to families of Gunnison and Hinsdale counties so they can prosper and thrive in a healthy and supportive community

Helpful Resources

Suicide Prevention 24-Hour Crisis Hotline

Please call (970) 252-6220 if you or someone that you know is in need of assistance.

The Axis Health System is a non-profit community based behavioral health service. Call (970) 252-3203 for more information or to inquire about their open access service for same day affordable walk-in care.

Colorado Crisis Services - 1-844-493-8255

Dispute Resolution Process

The Gunnison/Hinsdale County Department of Health and Human Services attempts to resolve disputes in an informal manner, if possible. If disputes are not resolved to the complainant’s satisfaction, and if a grievance is initiated, a formal process is to occur. For more information, please review the adopted Dispute Resolution Process (PDF).

Comprehensive Civil Rights Plan (PDF)

Community Employment Opportunities

Gunnison Valley Basic Needs Resource Guide / Guía de Recursos Básicos para el Valle de Gunnison

Department Highlight

Colorado Tick Fever is a rare viral disease spread by the bite of an infected Rocky Mountain wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni). These ticks are found between 4,000 and 10,000 feet above sea level. Most cases occur during spring and summer months, this is when ticks are most active. The virus does not spread from person to person, it is only from the bite of a tick. There are no vaccines to prevent or medicines to treat this disease. Common symptoms include fever, chills, headache, body aches and fatigue and can occur 1 to 14 days after being infected. Many people will have several days of fever followed by several days of relief and then a recurrent shorter period of illness and fever. Ways to reduce your risk of infection include using EPA insect repellent, wear longs sleeve shirts and pants while outside, avoid wooded and busy areas with high grass, and perform tick checks as soon as possible after spending time outdoors. The risk of Colorado Tick Fever increases with the time a tick is attached to you. If you or your loved ones have exposure and symptoms please reach out to your health care provider.

For more information on measles visit the Center for Disease control and Prevention website.

Prevent Tick Bites (JPEG)