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Project Overview

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) has contracted with HCBS Strategies to develop a new process for assessing the need for long term supports and services (LTSS).  

HCPF recognized that stakeholder feedback and buy-in is a key component of this work. This blog helps support this process by providing a place where all presentations and notes from stakeholder meetings will be made publicly available.  Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback directly on this blog by clicking here.

The project has the following stages:

  1. Understanding how Colorado’s current LTSS assessment processes
  2. Develop a document that identifies how the new assessment process
    can support Colorado’s home and community-based services (HCBS)
    systems change efforts (formerly the white paper)
  3. Selecting the tool or tools that will serve as the basis of the new
    assessment process
  4. Customizing the tool or tools to meet Colorado’s unique needs
  5. Piloting the tool to understand the impact on eligibility
  6. Developing a plan for implementing the new tool and related

The operational review mentioned in Step 1 has been complete, and during this process it was found that there are far more initiatives working towards systems change across the State than originally anticipated. As a result, the timing of the white paper (Step 2) was moved forward and refocused to discuss how the new assessment process might support proposed systems change efforts. The Department has decided on the tools that they will be using as models to develop their own tool (Step 3), and the draft assessment tools and training manuals have been developed (Step 4). As an additional part of Step 4, HCPF and HCBS Strategies worked with stakeholders to adapt and develop items and modules specific to children (0-18). This will allow the Department to have a comprehensive assessment tool for child LTSS populations, and also allow individuals to more easily transition from children to adult services. 

These draft consolidated modules can be found here.  Updates to the accompanying training materials are ongoing as updates to the modules occur during Support Plan development. Sample training manuals can be found here

As a final piece of Step 4, the Department worked with stakeholders to develop the Support Plan that will be produced after the Assessment. To view Support Plan materials, click here. The Support Plan was tested via a small workflow pilot in late Spring of 2018 (A component of Step 5). Piloting of the Assessment and Support Plan process began in February 2019 and will continue through May of 2020.

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