Mountain Valley Developmental Services

Who We Are

Mountain Valley provides services to children and adults with developmental disabilities in Eagle, Garfield, Lake and Pitkin Counties. Mountain Valley provides individuals 21 years or older a place to live, supports for daily living, recreation opportunities, medical and emotional resources, and training in areas which promote independence and self-sufficiency.  Mountain Valley offers residential facilities for 24-hour assistance, community access support, life skills training, and occupational opportunities for community based work.  Mountain Valley also has a Children’s Program serving children age 0-3 who have demonstrated delays or diagnosed disabilities.  This program works intimately with the families to ensure children are advancing as much as possible during the critical time between birth and three.

Programming through Mountain Valley supports individuals with disabilities throughout their lives – from birth to death. Laying a good foundation for progress is essential to the services provided.  The work done in the years prior to a child’s third birthday makes a measurable difference in the milestones reached later in life.  Therapies offered through Mountain Valley’s Early Intervention programming work on the functional areas of cognition, speech, communication, physical, motor, vision, hearing, social-emotional development, and self help skills; parent-child or family interaction; and early identification, screening and assessment services.  No matter why a child qualifies for services, the impact made for the child and their family is huge.  Families tell our therapists and case managers regularly how valuable services rendered are to the quality of life attainable to their children.

Once children turn three, they enter the school system to receive supports, education and other important therapies.  Mountain Valley continues to monitor the highest need children during their time in school.  Children with disabilities may stay in the school system until their 21st birthday.  At age twenty-one eligible individuals return to Mountain Valley’s community based programming or enroll in comprehensive services which offer 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week care in either one of our group homes or apartments – depending on the level of independence, desires or needs required by the individual.

All supports are provided at no cost to the clients but at great cost to Mountain Valley. Staffing levels accommodate clients’ specific levels of need and care, behaviors and physical and mental disabilities.  For example, some of the comprehensive clients require g-tube feeding three to four times per day with each feeding taking over an hour.  Staff from Mountain Valley prepares, administers, and cleans up after each feeding in addition to taking care of up to nine other clients at the same time.  Another example is that many of the clients are incontinent.  Staffing levels at the houses where these clients reside must compensate for the physical and emotional demands that these clients have.  Mountain Valley maintains high standards of dignity and quality of life for our clients and staff and support from Pitkin County has always helped provide in the areas where reimbursement levels fall short.

What We Do

Mountain Valley Developmental Services is made up of over 150 employees working hard around the clock to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and often their families too.  Our staff are trained with over 60 hours of classroom training to help them understand the rights and needs of every one of the unique individuals with whom we work.  Working at Mountain Valley is more than a job – the staff and individuals served become family.  We laugh, we cry, we celebrate the victories and mourn the disappointments.  Mountain Valley Developmental Services offers a unique working environment and a priceless living experience for the residents.  Our services offer the utmost integrity, quality and fun and we pride ourselves on the work that we do.  Every. Single. Day.

Mountain Valley provides individuals 21 years or older a place to live, supports for daily living, recreation opportunities, medical and emotional resources, and training in areas which promote independence and self-sufficiency.  Mountain Valley offers residential facilities for 24-hour assistance, community access support, life skills training, and occupational opportunities for community based work.  Mountain Valley also has a Children’s Program serving children age 0-3 who have demonstrated delays or diagnosed disabilities.  This program works intimately with the families to ensure children are advancing as much as possible during the critical time between birth and three.
Mountain Valley provides a core and un-duplicated human service for Lake, Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin Counties by caring for and working with individuals with developmental disabilities and delays within these communities.  Our services are validated legislatively.  Mountain Valley is charged with providing lifelong support for people with developmental disabilities.  Thus, Mountain Valley must plan for the indefinite continuation of service for the adult clients served.  As demand for service continues to increase, the cost of service delivery far exceeds statewide averages, and State and Federal funding continue to be reduced.

Contact

1-970-945-2306
randi@mtnvalley.org
Randi Lowenthal
Volunteer Coordinator
700 Mt. Sopris Dr.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Residential Services – MVDS has housing in Glenwood Springs, Vail, Carbondale, Rifle, Silt, Gypsum, and Rulison, CO.  A variety of living environments, depending on individual need and preference, are provided.

Enrichment Services – MVDS has three Day Program Facilities in Minturn, Silt and Glenwood Springs.

Vocational Services – MVDS has two Vocational Training Facilities in Glenwood Spings – a Greenhouse and a Weaving Studio.