Colorado

Colorado currently has six waivers that are open to children. All are HCBS 1915(c) Medicaid waivers. Four of these programs waive parental income; we do not know the status of the others. For general information on Colorado's waivers, see this overview or this chart.

In addition to waivers, Colorado has a Medicaid buy-in program for children with disabilities whose families earn less than 300% of the federal poverty line.

Colorado also has several adult-only waivers including Elderly Blind and Disabled, Support Living Services, DD, Persons with Spinal Cord Injury, and a managed care program for Community Mental Health.

Colorado Advocacy Organizations:

Programs in Colorado

CHILDREN WITH LIFE LIMITING ILLNESS

Also called CLLI Waiver

  • Target Population: Children who are medically fragile or technology dependent with life-limiting illnesses.
  • Ages: 0-18
  • Levels of Care: Hospital
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 301
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2020
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides respite care, bereavement counseling, palliative/supportive care services, expressive therapy, massage therapy, therapeutic life limiting illness support, individual counseling, family counseling, and group counseling for medically fragile individuals ages 0-18.
  • Online State Information: CLLI Waiver Page
  • How to Apply: First apply for Medicaid. Then contact your Single Entry Point Agency to apply for the waiver.
  • Waiting List: As of 8/16 there was no waiting list.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.
CHILDREN'S HCBS WAIVER

Also called Children's Home and Community Based Services Waiver or CHCBS

  • Target Population: Children who are medically fragile or technology dependent.
  • Ages: 0-17
  • Levels of Care: Nursing Facility, Hospital
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 1522
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2018
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides case management, in home support for medically fragile individuals, ages 0 – 17.
  • Online State Information: CHCBS Waiver Page
  • How to Apply: First apply for Medicaid. Then contact your Single Entry Point Agency to apply for the waiver.
  • Waiting List: As of 8/16 there was no waiting list.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.
HCBS CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

Also called Children with Autism Waiver or CWA

  • Target Population: Children with autism.
  • Ages: 0-5
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 144
  • Expiration Date: 12/31/2018
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides behavioral therapy, ongoing treatment evaluation, post service evaluation for children with autism, ages 0-5.
  • Online State Information: CWA Waiver Page
  • How to Apply: First apply for Medicaid. Then contact your Community Centered Board to apply for the waiver.
  • Waiting List: There are 3232 people with developmental disabilities and 554 children on waiting lists in Colorado.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.
CHILDREN'S HABILITATION RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM

Also called CHRP

  • Target Population: Children with developmental disabilities in foster care.
  • Ages: 0-20
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: This waiver is only for foster children; only the child's income is counted.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 200
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2019
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides habilitation, respite, behavioral assessment, behavioral services, professional services, supported community connections for individuals with DD, ages 0 – 20.
  • Online State Information: CHRP Waiver Page
  • How to Apply: Contact your local Department of Human Services or Nancy.Harris1@state.co.us.
  • Waiting List: As of 8/16 there was no waiting list.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.
CHILDREN'S EXTENSIVE SUPPORT

Also called CES Waiver

  • Target Population: Children with developmental disabilities, primarily those with severe behavioral issues.
  • Ages: 0-17
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 434
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2019
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides homemaker, personal care, respite, vision, adapted therapeutic recreational equipment and fees, assistive technology, behavioral services, community connector, consumer directed attendant support, home accessibility adaptations, parent education, professional services, specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle mods for individuals with DD, ages 0 – 17.
  • Online State Information:  CES Waiver Page
  • How to Apply: First apply for Medicaid. Then contact your Community Centered Board to apply for the waiver.
  • Waiting List: As of 8/16 there was no waiting list.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.
PERSONS WITH BRAIN INJURY

Also called BI Waiver

  • Target Population: Teens and adults with brain injuries.
  • Ages: 16+
  • Levels of Care: Nursing Facility, Hospital
  • Income Waiver: no
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 345
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2018
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides adult day health, day treatment, personal care, respite, behavioral programming and education,consumer directed attendant support, environmental mods, independent living skills training, mental health counseling, non-medical transportation, PERS, specialized medical equipment and supplies/assistive devices, substance abuse counseling, supported living program, transitional living program for individuals with brain injury, ages 16 to no maximum age.
  • Online State Information: BI Waiver Page
  • How to Apply: First apply for Medicaid. Then contact your Single Entry Point Agency to apply for the waiver.
  • Waiting List: As of 8/16 there was no waiting list.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.
OTHER PROGRAMS