Ensuring a Full Continuum of SUD Benefits

In accordance with House Bill 18-1136, the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (Department) will be working to provide the full continuum of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) benefits to Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) members. The Department will be adding the inpatient and residential components, including withdrawal management, to the continuum of outpatient SUD services currently available. The Department’s objective is to make these services available for individuals who meet nationally-recognized evidence-based level of care criteria without shifting care from outpatient settings when they are more appropriate.

Section 1115 Waiver Demonstration Application

Notice of Public Comment Process

August 2019 Update

Waiver application and public comment period

The Department has finalized the draft waiver application and aligned it with federal transparency requirements. The Department invites the public to provide comments regarding the proposed waiver application. The public notice period begins on August 25, 2019 at 8:00am MDT and ends on September 27, 2019 at 5:00pm MDT. The Notice of Public Comment Process is available at the link on this webpage. Following the public comment period, the Department may amend the waiver application as appropriate, based on the comments received.

The Department invites the public to attend public hearings in person or join by teleconference/webinar to learn more about Colorado’s waiver application and provide comments.

Public Hearing #1
Date: Friday, August 30, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing

               303 East 17th Avenue, 7th Floor, Conference Room 7ABC
               Denver, CO 80203
Call-In Number: 1-877-820-7831, Participant Code 946029#
Webinar: https://cohcpf.adobeconnect.com/sud1115waiver/

Presentation Slides
Webinar Recording (Presentation begins at the 7:00 minute mark)

Public Hearing #2
Date: Friday, September 6, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: DoubleTree Hotel Grand Junction - Aspen Room
               743 Horizon Drive
               Grand Junction, CO 81506

Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request for persons with disabilities. Please notify the Department 504/ADA Coordinator at hcpf504ada@state.co.us or Shingo Ishida at Shingo.Ishida@state.co.us at least one week before the public notice period to make arrangements.

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If you have questions regarding the 1115 SUD Waiver, Substance Use Disorder benefits for inpatient/residential treatment, or any other topic relating to the SUD Waiver, please complete our SUD Waiver Question Form.