Developmental Disabilities Waiver (DD)

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 Home and Community-Based Services Waiver For Persons With Developmental Disabilities (DD) provides access to 24-hour, seven days a week supervision through Residential Habilitation and Day Habilitation Services and Supports. The service provider is responsible for living arrangements. Living arrangements can range from host homes settings with 1-2 persons, individualized settings of 1-3 persons, and group settings of 4-8 persons, as well as residential supports for participants who live with and/or are provided services by members of their family.

Full text of the waiver

Who Qualifies?

To enroll in the DD waiver, you must meet financial and program criteria:

Level of Care

  • Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IID) level of care as determined by the functional needs assessment (as defined in 42 CFR 440.150).

Eligibility Group

  • You must be determined to have a developmental disability.
  • You must be 18 years or older.
  • You must require access to services and supports 24 hours a day.


  • Your income must be less than $2,205 per month (300%, or three times, the Supplemental Security Income allowance).
  • For a single person, countable resources must be less than $2,000.
  • For a couple, countable resources must be less than $3,000.

Benefits and Services

If you are enrolled in the DD waiver, you will receive the following services:

View Waiver Charts

Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) and Support Level Quick Reference Sheet

Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) Case Management Tools

How to Apply

If you have additional questions about this waiver, please contact your local Community Centered Board (CCB) or the Member Contact Center.

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