Children's Home and Community-Based Services Waiver (CHCBS)

A waiver is an extra set of Medicaid benefits that you (or your child) 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 Home and Community-Based Services Waiver (CHCBS) is available for children with significant medical needs and who are at risk for institutional care in an acute hospital or skilled nursing facility.

  • Services work with or add to the services that are available to you (or your child) through the Colorado Medicaid State plan and other federal, state, and local public programs.
  • CHCBS also works with the supports that families and communities provide.
  • If you receive services through the CHCBS waiver, you're also eligible for all Colorado Medicaid covered services.

See full text of DRAFT waiver amendments

Who Qualifies?

You must meet the following financial and program criteria to access services under this program. To use waiver benefits, you must also be willing to receive services in your home or community.

Level of Care

  • You must need long-term support services at a level comparable to services typically provided in a skilled nursing facility and/or an acute hospital.

Eligibility Group

  • You must not have reached your 18th birthday.
  • You must have been determined financially eligible for Colorado Medicaid by your local County of Social/Human Services.
  • You must meet the Social Security Administration (SSA) definition of disability.
  • You must also receive a denial letter from SSA reporting that your parent’s income and/or resources are over the income/resource limit.
  • You must be at risk for institutionalization at either an acute hospital or skilled nursing facility.
  • You must have a medical diagnosis as certified by your physician.
  • Your case manager has to say that you can be safely served in the community.


  • Your income must be less than $2,163.00 per month.
  • Your countable resources must be less than $2,000.
  • Your parents' income is not considered towards your eligibility.

Benefits and Services

How to Apply

If you are already enrolled in Medicaid, contact your local Single Entry Point (SEP) to start the waiver application process.

If you are NOT yet enrolled in Medicaid, you can apply now.

If you have further questions about this program please contact your local Single Entry Point Agency or the Medicaid Customer Contact Center.