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Pitkin County Health and Human Services goes Hollywood

Aaron Hedge
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Officials with the county health and humans services department Tuesday will screen a documentary that features eight community members who have used programs coordinated through the department.

The film is an effort to show the department’s impact on the community in a different way. It will be shown in a joint meeting between the county commissioners and the Aspen City Council at 4 p.m. at City Hall.

“The film really documents the impact our health and human service organizations are having on the lives of individuals and families in our valley who are struggling to survive here,” said Mitzi Ledingham, deputy director of Pitkin County Health and Human Services, in a press release. “Times are tough for many in our community, and our community agencies offer a wide range of programs and services that can make all the difference for people who are struggling and in need.”

The recession has affected health and human services organizations across the country. But many have said that effect has been accelerated in Colorado because of a long line of conflicting fiscal policy initiatives. That includes the interaction between the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which caps government taxing and allocates all tax decisions, with certain exceptions, to the voter, and Amendment 23, which says the state has to increase funding for K-12 education by a certain percentage each year.

The press release, though, says Pitkin County’s budget for health and human services held strong over the transition to this fiscal year. It says $1.4 million is available for grants to health and human services organizations.

Alpine Legal Services, Family Visitor Program, the Aspen Homeless Shelter and YouthZone plan to make presentations about their budgets after the film.

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