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Horizons Specialized Services

Support individuals with intellectual and developmental delays and disabilities. Empower people of all abilities to achieve rewarding lives full of new possibilities. Advocate for ability, independence, integration, and equality.

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General Information

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Horizons Specialized Services Inc​​​​​​​
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405 Oak Street
POB 774867
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
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439 Breeze Street
POB 1483
Craig, CO 81626

81 W. Jasper
Granby, CO 80446

685 Main Street Suite 1
POB 2114
Meeker, CO 81641
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PO Box 774867
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
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Mission Statement

Horizons works in partnership with families and communities to expand opportunities for individuals with, or at risk of, developmental disabilities.

Our purpose is to enhance the lives of those we help by empowering them to achieve rewarding lives full of new possibilities.

We believe in: the paramount importance of health and safety; a never ending quest for creative solutions; fostering growth and independence; the power of Early Intervention to change lives; compassion and respect for every person and in everything we do.

Organization History

Horizons was incorporated in 1975 by a group of families and community leaders who recognized the lack of local services for children with developmental disabilities. Horizons was established as a community based alternative to institutionalized care and continues to provide person centered services in the least restrictive environment. Over the past 45 years, Horizons has grown from only home-based services for a handful of children to a wide range of services serving 157 children and youth, 88 adults, and 103 families last fiscal year. Horizons serves the five counties of northwest Colorado: Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Routt. Horizons is one of 20 Community Centered Boards in Colorado and is governed by a Board of Directors.

Early Intervention is for infants and toddlers who have a developmental delay or disability. Referrals can come from doctors, parents, day care centers, providers, and the Department of Human Services. Eligibility is determined by evaluating the child with parental consent to see if there is a delay or disability in: cognitive skills; communication skills; social/emotional skills; physical skills; and/or adaptive skills. Eligible children can receive services through their third birthday. Services are provided by a Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist, and a Physical Therapist depending on the child's needs. A Service Coordinator works with the parents to access other services as needed. Most children meet milestones and catch up before their third birthday. If a child continues to need support, a referral will be made to the school district for preschool services. Early Intervention services are available throughout our entire service area.

Family Support offers service coordination and financial support to families with an eligible family member of any age living at home. Funds are used to reimburse families for approved expenses associated with the care of their eligible family member, including medical and professional therapies and treatments, respite care, home modifications, insurance deductibles, co-payments, and adaptive equipment. Horizons' Family Support Council uses set guidelines to assess each family's Level of Need. Our five-tiered system (Very High: $2,500; High: $2,000; Medium: $1,500; Low: $1,000; Minimal: $300) coordinates with the Level of Need and represents the maximum amount each family can access per year. If a family is enrolled in a Medicaid Waiver, Family Support program funding is limited to the Low Level. Family Support is a payor of last resort and is available throughout our entire service area.

Children's Extensive Support (CES) provides Medicaid funded services and supports to families of children under the age of 18 with intellectual or developmental delays or disabilities who have the most intensive behavioral or medical needs and are at high risk for out-of-home placement. Services and supports provided through CES should increase the family's ability to keep their child in the home and prevent out-of-home placement. CES is targeted to children whose extensive level of behavioral and/or medical needs cannot be funded or supported through Family Support funding. CES is available throughout our entire service area.

Comprehensive Residential and Supported Living Services are for eligible adults age 21 and older. We offer an array of residential and supported living services based on each individual's needs. Some adults live in group homes with 24-hour care and others live on their own or with family and receive minimal or as-needed assistance from counselors. Horizons' group homes are located in Steamboat Springs and Craig. Supported Living Services are available throughout our five county service area.

Vocational Services allow individuals to participate and work within the community for an employer or on a work crew supervised by a Horizons Job Coach. Horizons helps create good matches for the individual and the employer. Vocational Services are for adults age 21 and older and are available throughout our five county service area.

Day Program promotes computer, math, reading, writing, cooking, and life skills in large and small group settings. Whenever possible, we participate in community activities such as concerts, picnics, hikes, library visits, art classes, physical and recreational programs, etc. Day Program is available to eligible adults weekdays in Steamboat Springs and Craig.


Horizons provides person centered care. Person centered thinking is based on the vision that all people have positive control over the lives they choose for themselves. Person centered thinking results in people being valued for their current and potential contributions to their communities. It allows people to be supported in a web of relationships and affirms the belief that everyone can learn. We don't fix people; we celebrate and support them.

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