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1915(b) MH Waiver 2011-2013

The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (Department) runs the Colorado Medicaid Community Mental Health Services Program (the Mental Health Program). The Mental Health Program provides mental health care to Medicaid members in Colorado.


The Mental Health Program is a managed mental health care program. This means that Medicaid clients get mental health services through a Behavioral Health Organization (BHO). The BHO arranges for and coordinates mental health services for Medicaid members.


HCPF must ask for a federal waiver under Section 1915 (b) of Title XIX of the Social Security Act to have a managed care mental health program. The waiver is sent to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval.


The waiver was first submitted in 1995 at the start of the managed care mental health program and has been renewed every two (2) years since. In addition to State Plan services, the waiver allows the Department to offer a variety of alternative mental health services such as intensive case management, vocational services, recovery services, clubhouses and drop-in centers.  Please note that in certain sections of the waiver, a portion of text has been "lined through" intentionally. This does not indicate changes or errors. The current waiver expires on June 30, 2013.



2011-2013 Mental Health Waiver Renewal Files: