UPDATED June 7, 2021

The Arc Mesa County office (845 Grand Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501) is open for face-to-face, video conferencing, phone or walk-in meetings. We encourage you to make an appointment with your advocate.

We look forward to seeing you! 

To make an appointment:

  • Office phone number: 970-245-5775
    • Melissa Gallagher: Ext. 205, mgallagher@thearcmesa.org (970.544.5943 Cap Tel Phone)
    • Candace Diaz:  Ext. 202, cdiaz@thearcmesa.org
    • Jennifer Shook: Ext. 201, jshook@thearcmesa.org​ 

Stay up to date on COVID:
As always, the COVID public health crisis is changing all the time. Get the latest updates from our state officials at https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine and Mesa County officials at https://health.mesacounty.us/covid19/vaccine.

What you need to KNOW now:

  • Vaccines are shots that help protect people from getting sick – like a flu shot.
  • There are new vaccines for COVID-19 – scientists all over the world made them.
  • Most people who get a vaccine are protected from COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are only for people over age 16 years old.
  • You will be offered a vaccine when it is your turn. (See State/County Distribution Plan Below)
  • The COVID vaccine is free – you do not need insurance to get it.
  • You do not need to be a US Citizen or have government issued ID to receive the vaccine.
  • All information: medical, immigration status and personal information will be protected.
  • COVID vaccines are usually given in 2 shots a few weeks apart in the upper arm.
  • People who get the vaccine must have both shots.


Vaccines take time to work. It is still recommended that you keep wearing a mask if you have not had the vaccine (and up to 2 weeks after the final shot), wash your hands, and stay at least 6 feet away from people who do not live with you.

What you can DO now:

  • Contact your primary care provider for the facts about COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Let them know you/your loved one is at high risk for COVID-19 because of an intellectual or developmental disability.
  • Ask when they will have vaccines available and how you will be contacted when it is your turn.
  • Sign up to be notified about vaccines with your County Public Health Department – Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) https://health.mesacounty.us/covid19/vaccine.
  • Any individual over 12 may receive the vaccine. 
  • Talk to your family, friends, and support team about COVID-19 vaccines.

 If you decide to get the vaccine, make a plan for:

  • Where to get the vaccine and is there an application process?
  • How will get to the vaccine clinic?
  • Who will go with you as support?
  • Who will support you after you get the vaccine in case you have mild flu like symptoms?*
  • How will you receive second shot/dose?

*If you have symptoms after the vaccine you can report them to CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html.

Annual meeting will be held September 2021.

Date and time to be determined.  

More updates coming soon. 

Thank you for your support!