Mountain Valley Developmental Services

A nonprofit organization

MVDS supports adults and children in Eagle, Garfield, Lake and Pitkin counties with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Our work provides life span services for these individuals, their parents and family members, guardians, colleagues at work, neighbors and friends to promote independence, quality of life, and rights protection.

Testimonials

One of the mother's of a child who had gone through Early Intervention with us and who had received wrap-around services through the Family Support Services Program wrote a letter thanking MVDS for all of the support she had received. Her daughter was born deaf and MVDS had helped the family identify the problems early on and then move on to solutions by educating the family in sign-language and other intervention and education related therapies and methodologies.

The mother (Alejandra) writes:
Dear MVDS:

Our daughter turned three already. Time has really gone fast. Her transition to preschool surprisingly was very smooth. She just loves it.

I really do not have words to thank enough Mountain Valley. You, the therapists and the case managers, all the workers of Mountain Valley are so generous and passionate to help. Luisiana and I will always keep you all in our hearts. Our therapists gave us an experience absolutely life changing. All you kind people helped Luisiana become this curious, interested, happy little girl that she is now.

Thank a lot from the bottom of my heart.

God Bless,
Alajandra

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Here is the story of just one of our many comprehensive support success stories:

Jimmy began his journey with MVDS in 2005 receiving daily supports while living with his family. By 2008, Jimmy had moved into a group home. That same year, Jimmy began working at the Mountain Valley Greenhouse. With assistance from the MVDS staff, Jimmy worked diligently on improving his ability to do things for himself. In 2013, Jimmy moved into an apartment with only part-time help from MVDS staff. Today, Jimmy is 35 and he and his girlfriend reside in an apartment together. Jimmy holds two jobs - one still at the Greenhouse and one at the Village Inn. Last year, Jimmy was selected by his peers to serve on the MVDS Board of Directors. Jimmy is an excellent example of how MVDS supports and services can help move an individual toward his or her goals and increased independence and self-sufficiency.

Mission

The Mission of Mountain Valley Developmental Services (MVDS) is to encourage and support individuals with developmental disabilities, enhance their ability to live, learn, and work in an independent and inclusive manner, and to educate the community about their contributions and capabilities.

Background Statement

Mountain Valley Developmental Services was formed in 1973 by a group of parents and volunteers to provide educational and therapeutic services to Roaring Fork Valley preschool children with developmental disabilities. The first class consisted of 13 children in a donated room funded by private donations and staffed by one teacher and two part-time therapists. Within three years, an Infant Stimulation Program was initiated and day activities were begun for adults from the area.

In 1975, Mountain Valley was incorporated as a private non-profit corporation (501)(c)(3) and designated as a Community Centered Board (CCB). CCBs are private non-profit organizations designated in statute as the single entry point into the long-term service and support system for persons with developmental disabilities. The State contracts with twenty Community Centered Boards to deliver community-based services. Each CCB has a non-overlapping geographic service region of one to ten counties. CCBs are responsible case management services including intake, eligibility determination, service plan development, arrangement for services, delivery of services (either directly and/or through purchase), monitoring, and many other functions. Additionally, CCBs are responsible for assessing service needs and developing plans to meet those needs of their local service area. CCBs play a vital role in managing limited resources at the local level to meet the individual needs of its citizens and to address the overall needs of the local service area.

In 1979, the program again expanded, providing services for adults and children in Pitkin and Eagle Counties. The first residential group home also opened in 1979 and transportation programs within the Roaring Fork Valley were initiated. Within the next few years, satellite centers were opened for preschool age children in Aspen, Rifle, Vail and Lake County was added to our catchment area. Mountain Valley was now proving services to children, adults and families in Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle and Lake Counties.

In 1990, the preschool program was taken over by the public school system. Mountain Valley continued providing Early Intervention programming for children ages zero to three. Meanwhile, the adult services including residential services, day program, vocational and recreation services and supported living services all continued to grow. Since then the evolution of Mountain Valley has included better and better programs for the individuals served.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Mountain Valley Developmental Services

other names

MVDS

Year Established

1975

Tax id (EIN)

84-0687930

Category

Human Services

Address

700 Mt. Sopris Dr.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Service areas

Garfield County, CO, US

Phone

970-945-2306

Other

303-956-6195

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