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1575 Sherman Street                                                                                                                           Bill Ritter, Jr.
Denver, Colorado 80203-1714                                                                                                                        Governor
Phone 303-866-5700
www.cdhs.state.co.us                                                                                                                       Karen L. Beye
                                                                                                                                        Executive Director




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 31, 2008

CDHS Disability Determination Division wins national awards

        (Denver) The Colorado Department of Human Services Disability Determination Services
Division has received the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) highest award, the Commissioner’s
Citation for “Significant accomplishments in serving the disabled citizens of Colorado using innovative
approaches” and DDS Deputy Director Lori Koch has been awarded the Deputy Commissioner of SSA
Quality Award for her work in claimant communication and improved service delivery.
        In noting the significance of the awards, CDHS Executive Director Karen L. Beye said, “This
team makes crucial decisions deeply impacting the quality of life for Colorado citizens with disabilities
and these awards recognize what we already knew: these dedicated employees serve their claimants
efficiently , effectively and innovatively.”
        Division Director Vicki Johnson will accept the team award at the national DDS Management
Forum in New Orleans on April 29 and commented to her staff, “I will be honored to accept the award
on our behalf but make no mistake it is OUR award.”
        In addressing Koch’s award, Johnson added, “Lori is constantly seeking to improve every area
of the DDS and is involved in almost every aspect of the agency, innovating new approaches to both
save money and provide better customer service.”
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For more information, please contact:
Vicki Johnson, DDS Division Director, 303.752.5656
Liz McDonough, CDHS Communications, 303.748.6910




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