Children's Habilitation Residential Program Waiver (CHRP)

A waiver is an extra set of Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) benefits that you could qualify for in certain cases. These benefits can help you remain in your home and community. Waivers have extra program rules and some programs may have waitlists.

The Children's Habilitation Residential Program Waiver provides residential services for children and youth in foster care who have a developmental disability and very high needs. Their needs for support put them at risk for institutional care. Waiver services help children and youth learn and maintain skills needed to live in their communities. 

View full text of the CHRP waiver

Who Qualifies?

Level of Care

  • Your foster child must be at risk of institutionalization in an intermediate care facility for people with developmental disabilities.
  • Services needed by your foster child can’t be provided under county negotiated rates.

Eligibility Group

  • Your foster child was placed through a County Department of Social Services.
  • Your foster child is under 21 years old.
  • Your foster child has a developmental disability and very high service needs.

Benefits and Services

  • Community Connection Services
  • Habilitation Services
    • Cognitive Services*
    • Communication Services*
    • Emergency Assistance Training*
    • Independent Living Training*
    • Personal Care Services*
    • Self-Advocacy Training*
    • Supervision Services*
    • Travel Services*
  • Respite Services
  • Professional Services (Hippotherapy, Massage and Movement Therapy)

(* = Services are not billed separately but under the habilitation services and are part of residential services)

The CHRP waiver is administered by the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Division of Child Welfare, under the oversight of the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.

How to Apply

Contact your local County Department of Social/Human Services to start the application process or

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