In Colorado there is a system of services available to
children & adults who meet the definition of intellectual/developmental disability.
Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program):
Colorado's Medicaid Program is a public health assistance program for Coloradans who qualify. Children, pregnant women, parents and caregivers, people with developmental, intellectual, and physical disabilities and adults can all potentially qualify. Note: When you apply for Health First Colorado, you are applying for both Health First Colorado and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). You do not need to turn in more than one application for you or your family. Who qualifies?
Children ages 0-18 whose income meets eligibility requirements
Parents and caregiver relatives (applicant must have a dependent child) whose income meets eligibility requirements
Adults without dependent children whose income meets eligibility requirements
Medicaid Buy-In program:
Education Options - Child Find & Preschool
Child Find (birth – age 5)
Every school district or Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) has professionals trained to evaluate young children’s development including cognitive functioning, motor skills, hearing and vision, speech and language and social emotional development. This service is referred to as Child Find.
The purpose of the child find process is to determine whether a child has a need for early intervention or special education services. Who qualifies?
A child with a significant delay in one or more areas of development, such as learning, speaking or playing.
Eligible children are entitled to a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.
Preschool Special Education (ages 3 – 4)
Preschool special education is a state and federal mandated program for three- and four-year-old children who meet state eligibility criteria for special education and are experiencing challenges in their learning and development. A child is eligible if they have a significant delay in one or more areas of development such as learning, speaking or playing.
Eligible children are entitled to a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. This means that the required preschool services are to be provided in an inclusive setting at no cost to parents.
Children’s Waiver Programs for Physical and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
Early Intervention (birth-age 2)
The term “early” is important because research shows that the first three years are the most important time for developing and learning in a child’s life. The goal of Early Intervention is to “open a window of opportunity” for families to help their children with special needs develop to their full potential. Early Intervention services may prevent or decrease the need for special help later.Early Intervention includes services such as occupational, speech and physical therapy.
Local agencies, known as Community Centered Boards (CCBs), throughout Colorado are responsible for providing early intervention services in their local service area.
The CCB serving Adams County is North Metro Community Services.
They can be reached at: 303-252-7199 or www.nmetro.org
Children’s’ Waiver Programs for Physical and Developmental Disabilities:
Community Centered Boards (CCB's)
In Colorado, Community Centered Boards (CCBs) are responsible for determining whether children and adults meet the Colorado definition for developmental disability. There are 20 CCBs in the state each with a specific service area.
Family Support Services Program
The Family Support Services Program (FSSP) provides support for families who have children with developmental disabilities/delays with costs that are beyond those normally experienced by other families.
Children’s Home and Community Based Services Waiver (CHCBS)
The Children’s Home and Community-Based Services Waiver (CHCBS) provides a home or community based alternative to children with significant medical needs who are at risk for acute hospital or skilled nursing facility placement. Who qualifies?
Medically fragile children ages 17 and younger who are in the home and at risk of nursing facility or hospital placement; or are currently in a nursing facility
Child’s income must meet eligibility requirements
Children’s Extensive Support Waiver (CES)
The Children’s Extensive Support Waiver (CES) provides supports and services to children with developmental disabilities or delays who have a complex behavioral or medical condition and who require near constant line of sight supervision. Who qualifies?
Children 18 years of age and younger with intensive behavioral or medical needs who are at risk of out-of-home placement and have been determined to have a developmental delay/disability through a Community Centered Board
Child’s income must meet eligibility criteria
Children With Autism Waiver (CWA)
The Children With Autism Waiver (CWA) provides home or community-based alternatives for children with a medical diagnosis of autism who are most in need due to the severity of their disability.Who qualifies?
Children ages 5 and younger medically diagnosed with autism and have intensive behavioral needs
Diagnosis must be from a certified physician
Children must meet the Social Security Administration definition of disability
Child’s income meet eligibility requirements
Brain Injury Waiver (BI)
The Brain Injury waiver is a program to provide a home or community-based alternative to hospital or specialized nursing facility care for persons with a brain injury.Who qualifies?
Must be 16 years of age or older
Brain injury must have occurred prior to age 65
Must have a brain injury as defined in the Colorado Code of Regulations with specific diagnostic code
Must meet income eligibility requirements
Children With Life Limiting Illness Waiver (CLLI)
The Waiver for Children with Life Limiting Illness provides a home or community-based alternative to children with a life limiting illness. Who qualifies?
Children age 18 and younger
Receiving hospital level of care
Determined by case manager to be safely served in the community
Meet the medical criteria
Physician-certified diagnosis of a life limiting illness
Disability determination by the Social Security Administration
Must meet income and resources eligibility requirements
Children’s Habilitation Residential Waiver Program (CHRP)
This waiver provides services for children and youth in foster care who have a developmental disability and extraordinary needs. Who qualifies?
Children 20 years of age or younger
Are in foster care
Have a developmental disability and extraordinary support needs
Other Disability Services
There are a many other agencies in Colorado that provide services to individuals who have a disability.