County Offices & Landfill will be CLOSED on Friday, December 22, 2023. State/Court, County Offices, & Landfill will be CLOSED on Monday, December 25, 2023, for Christmas Day. 


Adult Services



  • Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC)
  • Adult Protective Services (APS)
  • Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
  • Options for Long Term Care (OLTC)
  • Veteran Directed Care


Otero County DHS - Adult Services
13 W 3rd Street, Room 110
La Junta, CO  81050
Phone: (719) 383-3166
TOLL-FREE:  1-800-438-3752 (for Baca, Kiowa, and Prowers Counties)
Fax:  (719) 383-4607


Area Agency on Aging (AAA)

The Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging (AAA) provides services to individuals age 60 and older in Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers counties. 

LEGAL SERVICES: The AAA contracts with an attorney to provide legal services such as wills, powers of attorney, and deeds.  Call 383-3166 to make an appointment.

MEALS ON WHEELS: In-home meals are provided to homebound individuals through Sage Services.  Congregate meal sites are also available in some communities.  Contact Sage at 254-7547, or Adult Services at 383-3166 for more information.

VISUALLY IMPAIRED/LOW VISION ASSISTANCE:  AAA can provide magnifiers, talking items (watches, scales, etc.), and other items helpful to those whose vision cannot be corrected to a normal level with regular glasses or contacts.  Call 383-3166 for more information.

For Medicare Counseling call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit their website.

Options for Long-Term Care (OLTC)

Options for Long Term Care (OLTC) provides in-home services to nursing home level of care persons in Otero and Crowley counties. Individuals must meet financial and functional requirements. To apply call 719-383-3166.

Home Care Allowance (HCA): HCA is a program that pays someone to come into your home to provides services such as bathing, housekeeping, etc.

Home and Community Based Services (HCBS): HCBS is a program that provides skilled nursing services through a home health agency.

CDASS: CDASS is a program where you are paid to manage your own in-home care.

Adult Protection Services (APS)

Adult Protective Services provides services to seniors and at-risk adults. If you feel someone is being physically or mentally abused, exploited, or neglected by themselves or someone else, contact adult protective services at (719) 383-3166

After hours call toll-free: 1-877-767-8914


Aging & Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC)


Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC) is a resource center that is available to adults sixty (60) years and older as well as adults eighteen (18) years or older with a disability.  ADRC has an open-door approach to accessing long-term care services and community resources.  This is accomplished by strong collaboration with community partners and accepting assistance from multiple resources.  ADRC helps people make decisions about the services that can best fit their needs. 

ADRC does not provide financial support.  It does provide information for:

  • Options Counseling
  • Referrals
  • General information about resources for the disabled and aging.

ADRC links to assistance programs such as:

  • Personal Care
  • Homemaker services
  • Home Modification

ADRC can assist with applications such as:

  • Social Security
  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps
  • L.E.A.P.
  • Medicare - Part D
  • Housing

ADRC also provides Options Counseling, which provides a team approach to help clients, family members, caregivers and significant others to make the best choices they can about current and future care.

The overall goal of ADRC is to streamline access to long-term care information and services.  This does not mean just nursing homes.  ADRC looks at long-term care as the many services that fall between living independently and needing a nursing home. 

 Contact your local ADRC Coordinator at (719) 383-3166.