Arapahoe County Department of Human Services

Michelle Dossey has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Human Services from Fort Lewis College (1994) and a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Children, Youth & Families from the University of Denver (1998).

Michelle has been employed with Arapahoe County Department of Human Services for 24 years. Michelle’s career focus has been in Child Protection Intake, working as a Hotline Screener, an Intake Caseworker investigating child abuse/neglect, a Supervisor of the Hotline and Emergency Duty Services and as a Supervisor of a Child Protection Intake Caseworkers. She was the Child and Adult Protection Intake Administrator overseeing 100 staff responsible for the Hotline and Emergency Duty Services, Child Protection Intake Casework and Adult Protection Services.

In August of 2018 her career shifted in focus towards prevention as she became the Community Development and Prevention Administrator. This new role within the agency, allows Michelle to leverage her long standing passion of partnering with other agencies/organizations, to further develop and enhance the community’s ability and desire to help our families succeed and provide safe, stable and protective care of our most vulnerable populations, children and at risk adults.

Michelle is also an affiliate faculty member of Metropolitan State University of Denver teaching a variety of classes in the Social Work Department and is on contract with the Colorado Child Welfare Training System for curriculum development and course delivery.