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This site is currently under construction. If you have an immediate need, please contact your local public health agency or Jennie Munthali, HCP Unit Manager, at 303-692-2435.
What is HCP?
HCP is a program for children and youth with special health care needs.  Before, the program was called the Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs. Now we are simply known as HCP.
Mission:  To ensure that children with special health care needs have the opportunity to grow, learn and develop to their highest individual potential.

Who can receive HCP services?
HCP provides services to children and youth with special health care needs from birth to 21 living in Colorado, who have, or are risk for, physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions. HCP services are tailored to fit the need of individual families. HCP has no diagnosis or income restrictions. Most services are free and no family is ever turned away due to their inability to pay.

What services does HCP provide?
HCP supports families to manage a wide range of questions, concerns and services for their child with special health care needs through:
  • Information and resources
  • Individualized care coordination
  • Access to specialty care for children and youth statewide by helping families get referrals to and from specialized care and hosting specialty clinics in rural locations
  • Connections to services which are accessible, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate, continuous, culturally sensitive and family centered
HCP consults with providers and local organizations that have questions about children and youth with special health care needs.
What is HCP Care Coordination?
Care coordination is a person-and-family-centered, assessment-driven, team approach designed to meet the needs and preferences of individuals while enhancing the care giving capabilities of families and service providers. Care coordination addresses the natural relationships between behavioral, development, educational, financial, medical, and social needs of an individual in order to optimize health and wellness outcomes.
The HCP Care Coordinator and family will work as a team to:
  • advocate for the child
  • identify and prioritize needs
  • develop a plan to achieve goals
Each HCP Care Coordinator provides in depth, one on one care coordination. Examples of care coordination activities include assistance with identifying local services, finding insurance or other financial resources, and supporting important transitions such as from hospital to home or from child to adult care. HCP staff also work in the community to increase collaboration and supports for families.
What makes HCP unique?
HCP programs are located within county public health department throughout Colorado and have nurse led teams with special knowledge of the complexities that families and children and youth with special health care needs experience.
How will my family benefit?
Families turn to HCP for information, resources and referrals to valuable community support in their area. HCP promotes communication between families, providers and community resources by connecting children and youth to the care they need. Families may also gain a greater understanding of their child's medical condition and coordinating their child's health care. This can lead to a more successful and fulfilling experience at home, at school and in the community.
Who does HCP partner with?
HCP works with families, communities and medical providers who support the child's emotions and physical well being. Programs and services supporting the family may include early intervention, school nurses and special education, behavioral health and respite care.
HCP Brochure pdf file  

For Families For Partners

State Office:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Prevention Services Division -- HCP
PSD – HCP – A4
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530
Phone: 303-692-2370
Main Line - Toll Free: 1-800-886-7689 ext. 2370
Fax: 303-753-9249   
E-Mail: cdphe.psdrequests@state.co.us 


State Staff:

Angela (Angie) Goodger, MPH, MHA, HCP Consultant


Kelsey Minor, MPH, HCP Consultant


Jane Gerberding, BSN, RN, HCP Nurse Consultant


Dale Knochenmus, HCP Data Coordinator/Help Desk


Jennie Munthali, MPH, HCP Unit Manager

Find your local public health agency: Local Public Health Agencies




HCP has three main components (see tabs below):

  • HCP Care Coordination 
  • HCP Specialty Care Clinics
  • Medical Home Systems Development


FY14 HCP Policy and Guidelines


H-PAC Meeting Minutes


Health Referral Form for HCP Care Coordination and HCP Specialty Clinics


HCP Specialty Clinic Forms

HCP Care Coordination Forms

2013 HCP Reporting Process for Local Public Health Agencies

FY14 HCP Training


Parent to Parent of Colorado

Early Childhood

Mental Health




Respite Care


Transition to Adult Health Care

Parent Support



The Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Data Set contains recent Colorado and national data including maternal and child health performance measures as well as other measures of interest for the CSHCN population.


FY2014 State HCP CDS Care Coordination Data

FY2013 State HCP CDS Care Coordination Data
Released Spring 2013 for FY2012
Online Data Resources 

Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health


Colorado Child Health Survey


Health Statistics, Colorado Department of Public and Environment


Medical Home among Colorado Children Ages 1-14



Federal Funding
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) at the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) established  federal Title V funding for children with special health care needs (CSHCN) starting in 1935 as  part of the Social Security Act. 

The MCH Block Grant requires that one third of the grant funds be used for the population of children and youth with special needs.


Colorado State Funding
Colorado state statute declares that there is a state program to support children with disabilities and thus state general funds are provided to support HCP.

  • Colorado State Statute: CRS Title 25; Article 1.5, letter (r)
    • (r) To operate and maintain a program for children with disabilities to provide and expedite provision of health care services to children who have congenital birth defects or who are the victims of burns or trauma or children who have acquired disabilities.
For more information on program administration and funding, visit the Maternal and Child Health website www.mchcolorado.org and the MCH Guidelines 

Early Intervention Colorado (EI)
The Early Intervention Colorado Program is Colorado’s system of early intervention supports and services for families who have children ages birth through two years of age. Accessing early intervention services begins when a parent, caregiver, or health provider is concerned or the child has been diagnosed with a physical or mental condition, which is associated with a high probability of developmental disability.
Parents and others can call 1-888-777-4041 or use the Early Intervention Colorado website to help begin the process of determining whether or not a child is eligible for early intervention.
For referral information: http://www.eicolorado.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=referral.main.
Local EI programs are located within twenty Community Centered Boards or “CCBs” throughout Colorado. To contact the Community Centered Board in your area click on the link below for “EI Directory”.
HCP Public health professionals  work closely  with local Community Centered Boards  and can help families with referrals. Additional information and links to resources are  provided below:


Newborn Screening and Metabolic Screening Programs
The Colorado Newborn Screening Follow-up Program includes the Metabolic Screening Program and the Newborn Hearing Screening Program.  These programs are part of Maternal and Child Health at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Local public health professionals and HCP staff can assist families with having their newborn screened. 

Newborn Hearing Screening Program
As many as 150 babies are born in Colorado every year with a hearing loss.  It is important that every newborn baby's hearing be tested before they leave the hospital or after a home birth. Identifying hearing problems and taking action as early as possible gives every baby the best possible chance to develop normally.  Learn more about the Colorado Newborn Hearing Screening Program.

Metabolic Screening Program
Newborn Metabolic Screening refers to testing newborn babies for medical conditions before they leave the hospital. Early diagnosis and treatment can result in normal growth and development and prevent or reduce the severity of serious medical problems associated with these conditions. Learn more about the Colorado Metabolic Screening Program.

Contact Us
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Prevention Services Division
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246
Email: cdphe.psdrequests@state.co.us

Parent Fact Sheets:

My Baby’s Hearing (website with information for parents):

Colorado Home Intervention Program
CHIP is an early education program in Colorado providing services to children who are deaf or hard of hearing, including children who are deafblind, and their families. This unique program, offered by the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), is designed specifically to serve families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, from newborn to age three, in the secure surroundings of their own homes.


Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind:

Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
Colorado Home Intervention Program
33 N. Institute Street
Colorado Springs CO 80903
719-578-2239 FAX