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The purpose of the three-year No Wrong Door (NWD) implementation grant, secured with funding from the federal Administration on Community Living (ACL) in September 2015, is to develop a model for implementing NWD statewide to address many of the major challenges currently experienced by Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) consumers. The model will be developed by creating four regional pilot sites and testing and refining various tools and approaches to carry out the functions of a NWD system as articulated by the ACL.
The No Wrong Door Regional Pilot Site Request for Proposals solicitation concluded on January 30, 2017. After reviewing the proposals, the Department intends to award contracts to the following agencies to lead the NWD regional pilot sites:
The Department will work with the regional pilot sites to test the proposed Regional No Wrong Door Entity model for the purpose of streamlining access to Long-Term Services and Supports for all people in need regardless of age, disability or pay source.
This initiative is based on the NWD implementation plan that the Department submitted to the ACL in May 2016. The plan was finalized utilizing extensive stakeholder input through the NWD Planning Advisory Group and five regional forums across the state during October-November 2015. For more information please see the NWD Planning Advisory Group Webpage.
This project is a joint effort of the:
The objectives of this project are to:
Anticipated outcomes at the end of the grant period include:
For more information, see the project narrative, work plan budget narrative and letters of support submitted to the ACL in July 2015 in the Grant Application Documents section below.
The Department and its state partners have finalized Colorado's Three-Year No Wrong Door (NWD) Implementation Plan. This plan, developed with extensive stakeholder input, describes the proposed model for the statewide NWD system. This model ensures the following six criteria of a fully functioning NWD system, as defined by the federal Administration for Community Living (ACL), are conducted statewide:
For more information, please see Colorado's Three-Year No Wrong Door Implementation Plan Fact Sheet
Through a grant from the ACL, Colorado plans to test the model presented in the plan by financing four regional NWD systems as pilot sites. The NWD system, when taken to scale, will create a streamlined Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) entry point system that provides information and a full range of options for LTSS programs and eligibility determinations for seniors, people with disabilities and caregivers, regardless of their pay source.
To request email updates on No Wrong Door implementation, contact Aron Snyder at Aron.Snyder@state.co.us or 303-866-5717.
As part of our efforts to determine how to implement the No Wrong Door system statewide, the Department and its partners are planning an extensive study of how to maximize available funding through Federal Financial Participation (FFP) for Medicaid administrative services. This study will begin after the launch of the NWD regional pilot sites.
At the same time, the Department and our partners at the Colorado Department of Human Services State Unit on Aging are working on a similar effort with the state’s Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRCs). The ADRCs are reviewing how they can receive Medicaid funds for work they are already doing.
It should be noted that while both efforts are similar in scope, they are separate projects. The ADRCs are focusing exclusively on finding a new funding stream for themselves. The purpose of the NWD regional pilot study will help shape the long-term financial model for the future NWD Regional Entities.
Contact Aron.Snyder@state.co.us with any questions or for more information.
Five public regional forums on the No Wrong Door Implementation Grant were held around the state during October and November 2015.
No Wrong Door Regional Forum Presentation
NWD Planning Advisory Group Website
Funding opportunity announcement from the ACL
Year 1 Notice of Award
NWD project narrative with abstract
Revised Year 2 Budget for the No Wrong Door Grant (Note: The Department was required by the federal Administration on Community Living [ACL] to cut 1.5% off the original budget submitted. This revised budget was submitted to the ACL on June 20, 2016.)
The Department has contracted with the Center on Network Science (CNS) from the University of Colorado-Denver, School of Public Affairs to serve as the No Wrong Door project evaluator. The CNS's work will include evaluation of the NWD regional pilots' ability to carry out the six functions of a No Wrong Door system. CNS will also help to determine how to implement NWD statewide upon the conclusion of the pilot phase. They will work with the pilot sites, their customers and referral sources to collect quantitative and qualitative data measuring the sites' effectiveness.
On October 12, 2016, the Department and CNS held a webinar with members of the 2015 NWD Planning Advisory Group to share their evaluation methodology and get the Group's feedback.
Program Contact:Aron Snyder