Axis Health System
Serving 5 counties in SW Colorado.

When extra support is needed during major life changes related to family, relationships, jobs, losses, etc. Please know that it is okay to reach out for help.  

970-259-2162 Durango

970-264-2104 Pagosa Springs

24 hour-a-day crisis line: 970-247-5245

The medical resources listed are those used most often by families with young children, but for a more complete listing including alternative health, vision, dental, therapists etc., please see the yellow pages, or call your service coordinator.

Mercy Medical Center 970-382-1555
Free physician referral and information and service. Select from 134 physicians in 36 fields of specialized health care. For financial assistance call 247-3128

Pediatric Partners of the Southwest - 970-375-0100
Board certified specialists in pediatric care. Located in the Rivergate complex.

Pediatric Associates of Durango - 970-259-7337
Dr Pahki Chaudhuri MD FAAP, Board Certified Pediatrician. 

Durango Primary Care - 970-247-2611
Comprehensive primary medical care, including pediatrics and obstetrics.

Southwest Children’s Health Clinic - 970-247-4567
Board certified specialists in pediatric care. 

La Plata Family Medicine Associates - 970-259-3110
Board certified family physicians for all ages.

San Juan Basin Health Department
970-247-5702 Durango
970-264-2409 Pagosa Springs

Southern Ute Health Services - 970-563-4581

San Juan Hearing Center - 970-247-0808

Denver Children’s Hospital- 1-800-624-6553
Providing specialty care and surgery. The Denver Children's Hospital will be able to put you in contact with area lodging including the rates and availability of motels, the Ronald McDonald House and St. Christopher's House.

Shriner’s Hospital (Salt Lake City)
Offering specialized medical care to children needing orthopedic or burn care. Including diagnostic services, surgery, medical care, casts, braces, prosthetics. X-rays, and rehabilitation services.
There is never a charge to the patient or the parent for any treatment received.
For an application, call 1-800-237-5055 or go to:

San Juan Shrine Club (Durango) - Contact Ace Hall at 970-259-4533
The local Shrine club will provide travel and lodging funds while visiting the hospital. You will need to have an appointment scheduled and provide your appointment letter

For recommendations and the most current information about child care, call the Family Center: 970-385-4747.

Colorado Child Care Assistance Program: 970-382-6123
Available with Social Services which helps to pay the child care costs of eligible families.

San Juan Board of Cooperative Services/ Child Find
970-247-3261 x 146 Child Find Coordinator/Assistant
San Juan BOCES serves school aged children with special needs, ages 3-21. Please call for more information regarding children that fall in this age category. Child Find is a service through San Juan BOCES that is provided to children age birth through 21. Services include screening and evaluation and may include and assessment of the child’s developmental skills, hearing, vision, and health. Community screenings are held throughout the year. Please call if you have concerns about a child’s development.

For a complete listing of preschools in La Plata, San Juan and Archuleta counties, please see the local yellow pages.

Head Start Tri-County - 970-247-5960

Southern Ute Head Start & Early Head Start in Ignacio - 970-563-4566

Even Start Coordinator - Cell # 970-759-5098

Southern Ute Indian Academy 970-563-0253

Montelores Lena Home Provider Program -970-529-0183 - Parents and caregivers of children aged 0-3, the FREE LENA Home program can help you make a difference in your baby’s life just through early talk and interaction! LENA Home families receive: 1) FREE home visiting sessions that show you how to build your baby’s brain by increasing how much you talk with them; 2) One-on-one coaching sessions; and 3) Research-based, evidence-informed tips and strategies. 

Local Resources for Families

Serving Southwest Colorado's children

and adults with disabilities and

their families since 1985. 

Mental Health Resources

Cadence - Center for Therapeutic Riding 970-749-RIDE  (Please leave message)

Discovery Kids - Durango Children’s Museum - 970-259-9234

Durango Parks and Recreation - 


La Plata family Centers Coalition - 


Special Olympics - 


Adaptive Sports Association - 

970-247-9000 x 3217



Pediatric Medical Resources for Families

Remember that a person who has a disability has rights and entitlements. Sometimes legal counseling or action is needed. For this reason we have included the following legal service. Also, your service coordinator, or San Juan Kids can tell you more about the rights and entitlements of a child with special needs.

The Legal Center for People With Disabilities

  • Denver: 800-288-1376 or 303-722-0300
  • Grand Junction: 800-531-2105 or 970-241-6371

The legal Center is Colorado’s Protection and Advocacy Agency for persons with disabilities and older people. The Legal Center uses the legal system to protect and promote the rights of people with disabilities and older people through direct legal representation, advocacy, education and legislative analysis. Staff members have expertise in advocacy for all ages and with a variety of entities, including school districts and state agencies. Staff at The Legal Center can advise parents about the processing for filing IDEA, section 504 and ADA complaints.

Colorado Rural Legal Services

Legal Resources

Community Emergency Assistance Coalition (CEAC) 970-247-5786

La  Plata Electric Association  (La Plata Electric Grant Money can be accessed)

Community Connections Inc. Family Support Services Program (FSSP) - 970-259-2464

FSSP can offer financial support to families of children birth to 18 who have a delay in their development (0-5 only) or a developmental disability. Food Share is also available.

La Plata County Department of Human Services - 970-382-6150

The department offers many services to assist children and families who are transitioning in life. Some very beneficial programs include Food Stamps, which supplement monthly food budgets; Medicaid; LEAP—Low-Income Energy Assistance Program; Day-Care Assistance –helping with the cost of child care.

Southwest Community Resources - 970-259-1086

Food Commodities and housing assistance, etc…

The La Plata Family Centers Coalition (LPFCC)

A private, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering healthy self-sufficient families in La Plata County. LPFCC offers such programs as: playgroups for parents and children 0-6, family activities, parenting classes, support groups, Parents as Teachers services, Read Durango Read tutoring services, an Advocacy Program that supports healthy family growth and assists in efforts to become financially self-sufficient; and reduced-cost childcare for any parent participating in activities within the Centers. The Coalition has different centers throughout the county, each of which has a different character according to the needs of the community.

The Family Center of Durango - 970-385-4747

The Family Center of Bayfield - 970-884-9750

The Family Center Fort Lewis Mesa - 970-588-3366

The Family Center of Ignacio - 970-563-4566

Southwest Center for Independence - 970-259-1672

ARC of Southwest Colorado - 970-564-8050

Peak Parent Center - 800-284-0251 - a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones.

Please see the Durango Herald for an up-to-date listing of Support groups.

Child Care

Financial Resources for Families