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Opportunity to Participate in the Waiver Redesign Workgroup - The Health Care Policy & Finance (HCPF) Department has decided to renew and expand the Waiver Implementation Council (WIC) membership. WIC consults and advises HCPF throughout the design and implementation of a redesigned Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver to serve adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). If you are a current member of the Council and are interested in continuing as a member please contact by June 8, 2018. The Department invites newly interested individuals to contact by June 19, 2018 to obtain an Interest Form. For more information on the Council and to learn more about potentially becoming a member of the Council, please see the attached Communication Brief.

Attachment: Communication Brief



The Colorado Crisis Steering Committee is a group of diverse stakeholders that are working together to provide recommendations to the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) on how to improve and enhance the State’s system that provides support to people with mental health conditions and/or substance use disorder(s). The system in Colorado includes five modalities: (1) a 24-hour hotline staffed by professional counselors and peers; (2) mobile services; (3) walk-in centers; (4) crisis stabilization centers; and (5) respite. The Committee hopes to identify system efficiencies that will improve response in all communities and reach those populations at highest risk. The Committee will produce a report by June 30th outlining its recommendations for CDHS.

 Information: The Committee is requesting that people who have used or are using the system for themselves or their loved ones complete this survey so that we can solicit input. This survey is anonymous. This survey will be open until Friday, May 25th, 2018. You are invited to forward this survey to other stakeholders. (In case the embedded link does not work, you can find the survey at Or, the survey can be printed and mailed to: SHG Advisors, P.O. Box 9055, Denver CO 80209.


CDHS OBH Consumer Survey 05-03-18

Communication Brief - Crisis Steering Committee Consumer Survey


 Department of Health Care Policy and Financing Stakeholder Meetings

The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing 
  About the New Assessment Process and Support Plan and how this will be used to improve your Medicaid services 
  on services and share your ideas for improving services 
  With Department staff and other community members 
Please see the attachments for the description, dates and times available! 


Communication Brief-Support Plan Regional Forums Announcement

Regional Forums Support Plan Flyer Spring 2018

Support Plan Regional Forums Meeting Schedule

 Communication Brief

The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing has published a report on Individual/Family/Advocate (IFA) Survey results to date and has rolled out a revised IFA Survey. Since July 2015, the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing has been running a survey designed to assess the experience of individuals receiving Medicaid HCBS in the context of the HCBS Settings Final Rule. The survey includes questions tailored for each of the three key categories of respondents: individuals receiving Medicaid HCBS, their family members and friends, and their advocates. Stakeholders may take the survey as often as they like. The survey has been available in English and Spanish and in hard-copy and online formats. 

IFA Survey Report and Revised Survey.pdf

Public Comment Opportunity for CWA Waiver Phase-Out

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (The Department) is submitting a waiver amendment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Children with Autism (CWA) waiver. The proposed amendment includes the schedule to phase out the CWA waiver due to behavioral therapy services moving to the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) program.

The Department has asked for and Effective date of July 1st, 2018 for the proposed amendment. Please see the CWA Waiver Amendment Fact Sheet on the website for more information about the amendment and public comment opportunity.

Please go to the Department's website at to view the full draft waiver. You may also obtain a paper or electronic copy by calling Laura Russell at (303) 866-4648 or by writing or visiting The Department at 1570 Grant St, Denver, Co. 80203.

To provide public comment or request a paper or electronic copy of any materials, please contact; submitted by phone at (303) 866-4648; submitted by fax at (303) 866-2786 ATTN: CWA Waiver Amendment; or in-person at 1570 Grant St, Denver, Co. 80203.

Please not that Public comments will be accepted from July 20th, 2017 through August 18th, 2017. 

Weekly Communication Briefs 4-12-2017 

The first Denver area meeting is on April 19th, so it would be good to get it up before the weekend if possible.   This is an example of what I would like to emphasize as something current or new on our homepage to attract visitor’s attention to it, if at all possible.  I understand you might not have time to edit our website home page in time to get this called out before next week, but in the next couple months I anticipate needing to post more information and time-sensitive announcements that our stakeholders will want to know about. 


Please Read and Share: Regional Forum meetings for Assessment Tool  


DIDD Communication Brief- Regional Forum Announcement, and Meeting Schedule

In order to comply with legislation, the Department has established 7 Regional Forum Meetings and a statewide webinar for the Department to present the work completed to date and obtain feedback from all stakeholders regarding the eligibility determination and needs assessment tools selected. The Regional Forum Meetings will provide an opportunity for needed collaboration across stakeholder communities. Additional information on work to date can be found at Colorado Assessment.


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