Adams County commissioners will vote to begin the process to end the county’s relationship with the Tri-County Health Department.
According to a news release on Tuesday, commissioners intend to bring forward a resolution at their Oct. 26 public hearing to provide notice of Adams County’s decision to leave Tri-County Health Department.
Per its legal obligation, Adams County will remain a part of TCHD through December 2022. Starting January 2023, Adams County will have its own health department structure in place. There will be no disruption of services to Adams County residents during this transition.
“During this transition, the focus will always remain the health and well-being of our residents,” Adams County Commissioner Eva J. Henry said. “This new structure gives us an opportunity to focus on the specific needs of our residents and invest dollars in the areas that need it most.”
Arapahoe County’s elected leaders released a statement in reaction to Adams County’s announcement, saying: “The Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners is saddened that our neighboring counties have chosen to end the productive 55-year partnership with the Tri-County Health Department.”
“Arapahoe County residents will continue to receive all existing Tri-County public health services uninterrupted during the transition,” the statement from commissioners said.”The Board intends to do what it can to support the many dedicated employees of Tri-County Health throughout this process.”