• Parent Resources
  • Language
  • Educating

    Teaching students to stay healthy and ready to learn.

  • Empathizing

    Recognizing when and how to seek help for myself and others.

  • Empowering

    Providing opportunities for students to recognize their own potential.

  • Intervention and Support

Department Contact

Health and Wellness

Lisa Kantor
Health and Wellness

Staci McCormack
Prevention & School Culture

Colette Hohnbaum
Intervention & Support

Celia Flanigan
Nursing Services

Laurie LaComb
Healthy Schools

Betty Baptista
Medicaid Reimbursement Program

Gina Burnett
Administrative Assistant
Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness
620 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act provides help for students who live in any of the following situations:


  • In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
  • On the street
  • In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accomodations
  • "Doubled up" with friends or relatives because their family cannot find or afford housing

The DCSD Homeless Liaison provides assistance with:

  • Accountability for educational services in accordance with federal mandates
  • Case management of homeless students
  • Resource to school staff and training
  • Community resoource referral information

The DCSD Homeless Education Program provides assistance with:

  • Program enrollment
  • Transportaion to school of origin
  • Free lunch
  • Back pack and school supplies
  • Resource referrals

♦ Rights of Homeless Children and Youth

♦ Rights of Students Displaced by Disasters

Resources for Families and Youth

211 Colorado
Dialing code for free access to health & human services information & referrals


CCH- Colorado Coalition for Homeless
Emergency Services/ Motel Vouchers
2111 Champa Street


Crisis Center
Domestic violence services


Family Tree
Family Tree provides a broad range of services and shelter to families and youth of metro Denver
Domestic Violence Crisis Line: (303) 420-6752
Homelessness Programs Hotline: (303) 467-2604


Housing Information

Family & Senior Homeless Initiative
Provides first month’s rent & deposit for qualified homeless families and seniors

The Douglas County Housing Partnership
Home buyer education, housing referrals, foreclosure mediation, down-payment assistance

Douglas County Veteran’s Affairs
support for veterans and their families, emergency assistance



Parker Task Force
Serving Parker, Elizabeth and Franktown; food bank and emergency assistance 303-841-3460

Douglas/Elbert Task Force
Emergency assistance, food bank, clothing/household items 303-688-1114

Food bank, emergency assistance


Valley View Cares
food bank serving Roxborough and west Highlands Ranch


St. Vincent de Paul Society/ St. Francis of Assisi
Food bank twice a month


Fresh Harvest Food Bank
Food bank, clothing, wellness packs


Douglas County Human Services
Food stamps, Medicaid, emergency assistance, energy assistance, child care assistance and financial support

Arapahoe/Douglas Works
Employment and job search assistance; training
Castle Rock: 303-688-4825 X5037
Greenwood Village: 303-636-1160


Tri County Health Department
Immunizations, WIC, Family Planning, Birth Certificates


Douglas County Libraries
GED prep/ testing, adult ESL, literacy programs


Douglas County WrapArounD
303-688-4825 x5327
Youth and family resources, facilitation for families with complex issues

Doctors Care
Medical care on a sliding fee scale, can include the Doctor’s Care program, lab services, hospital inpatient care, prescriptions 303-730-1313


All Health Network
Mental and behavioral health, addiction resources, counseling


Unaccompanied Youth Shelters

Urban Peak

1630 S. Acoma Street
Denver 303-777-9198

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

Comitis Crisis Center
Serving children, teens and young adults.  24 hour crisis line, 24 hour emergency walk in service and counseling



The DCSD School Medicaid Reimbursement Program receives reimbursement through the State of Colorado's School Health Services program. The State of Colorado's School Health Services Program allows school districts to seek reimbursement from Medicaid for health-related services provided to Medicaid-eligible students who have an IEP (Individual Education Plan) or IFSP (Individual Family Service Plan). Medicaid claiming for health-related services given at school does not diminish a child’s Medicaid* benefits in other settings. Per Colorado Medicaid law, Medicaid reimbursements to school districts are used to support health-related services, programs, equipment, supplies, and education to improve and enhance health and wellness for all students in Douglas County School District. Douglas County School District School Medicaid reimbursement funds currently support:

  • School Nursing Positions
  • Mental Health coordination and programatic support
  • Emergency health-related funding for uninsured and underinsured students
  • Health-related materials, equipment and supplies
  • Health-related staff development
  • Health-related resources funding for schools
  • Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) Outreach and staff training

Directory Release: Board Policy JRA/JRC authorizes directory release of information for the School Medicaid Reimbursement Program’s eligibility match.  

Medicaid Parent Consent Form (English / Spanish)
Medicaid Annual Parent Notification Form (English / Spanish)
*Colorado's Medicaid Program is now called HEALTH FIRST COLORADO.  To determine your student's eligibility for Medicaid, you may apply online at .  For more information about applying for Colorado Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), please click here.


The Healthy Schools Department believes that healthy and happy students perform better! Current research proves that students who eat nutritious foods, exercise daily, sleep enough, have stress relieving strategies, and work in a safe learning environment perform better. We live in a world where a strong foundation in reading, writing, math, and other core subjects is still as important as ever, yet by itself is insufficient for lifelong success.  

In DCSD we use the whole child approach to learning, engaging studewnts, and community involvement.  This model works by supporting all students using the 10 components of health, utilizing our learning communities.  In the end, our goal is that students feel safe, healthy, challenged, supported, and engaged.

DCSD Healthy Schools presents: Screenagers: Growing Up in a Digital Age


Screen Shot 2017-01-06 at 12.16.08 PM.pngContact Laurie LaComb @ lllacomb[at]dcsdk12[dot]org to bring this movie to your school!


Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Screenagers website link (watch the trailer)

As seen on Good Morning America

As seen as on PBS

Simon Sinek on Millennials in the Workplace video, author of of Start with Why


Visit our blog at: Healthy Schools Blog

Three DCSD schools named among the healthiest schools in Colorado: Bear Canyon, Fox Creek & Cherry Valley. Congrats! We are so proud of you! Read more about it...


Through the Healthy Schools Department, schools can receive the following services:


  • Creating Healthy Schools Teams
  • Building School Health Improvement Plans (SHIPs) at each school that meets the needs of the culture and climate of each school.
  • Creating Student Led Health Teams
  • Mindful Life School Program
  • GoNoodle
  • Implementing Healthy Rewards/Snacks/Birthday Treat Policies
  • Increasing Physical Activity (PA) Before, During, & After School
  • Healthy Fundraising
  • Resource Lending Library for school wellness
  • Great Body Shop Curriculum
  • Learning Landscapes Toolkit
  • Kaiser Permanente Arts Integrated Theater Programs
  • American Heart Association Jump Rope for Hearts/Hoops for Heart
  •  Fuel Up to Play 60
  • Kaiser Permanente Arts Integrated Theater Programs

Safe Routes to Schools

Research proves that walking to school gets the brain ready for learning! Please take advantage of DCSD's Safe Routes to Schools maps found on

Contact Us

Healthy Schools
Healthy Schools
Office number: 303-387-0029


View the 2015-2016 Health and Wellness Report


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