In 2018, 70% of Denver voters said YES to raising funds to help heal members of our community dealing with mental health and substance misuse issues. Each of us is impacted in some way and tens of thousands of Denverites can’t afford or find treatment they need.

Together, we showed we have the #PowerTo help and now we can act.

With this overwhelming support, Caring for Denver Foundation was formed and funded to oversee 25 cents from every hundred 100-dollars spent into a community fund for mental health and substance misuse needs. Caring for Denver will distribute more than $30 million per year to support programs in Denver that:
● increase mental health and substance misuse prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction
● provide alternatives to jails and emergency rooms as a first stop for those in crisis 
● fund community-identified priorities
● do not replace existing funding sources for mental health and substance misuse programs
This effort was envisioned and initiated by Rep. Leslie Herod as a solution to first-hand, family experience. Caring for Denver is integrated with and accountable to stakeholders across Denver with oversight from 13 Board members appointed by the Mayor, District Attorney, and City Council President. 

Caring for Denver Foundation Timeline

Caring for Denver Passes

Initiative passes with nearly 70% of the vote in Nov of 2018 and contract with the City of Denver is signed in Aug of 2019.


Community Engagement

Community needs across Denver are identified through a robust engagement effort to prioritize funding areas of focus Sept ’19 – Dec ’19.


Strategic Planning

Draft strategic plan is developed and shared with the Board of Directors along with community leaders and stakeholders      end of Jan ’20.

Ongoing Work

Strategic plan finalized, RFPs and funding, reporting, evaluation, learning and improvement, and community input 2020 onward.