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Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT), part of the federal Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration is a five year grant program. The primary goal is facilitating the transition of Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) members from nursing or other long-term care (LTC) facilities to the community using home and community based (HCBS) services and supports. Services are intended to promote independence, improve the transition process, and support individuals in the community. Participants of the CCT program will have access to qualified waiver services as well as demonstration services. They will be enrolled in the program for up to 365 days after which time they will enroll into one of five HCBS waivers so long as they remain Health First Colorado eligible.
Operational Protocol Version 1.0*
The Operational Protocol is a required document for the Money Follows the Person Demonstration. It provides information for CMS, other federal or State officials and external stakeholders to understand the operation of the demonstration.
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MFP Award Letter
CCT Public Outreach Plan
Colorado Choice Transitions Program Information Page
*Note - The Department if Health Care Policy and Financing is not responsible for the content published from outside sources.
What's Working: No Place Like Home - The Colorado Health Foundation - August 14, 2013
Colorado Expands Options for Community Living- The Durango Herald, April 9, 2013
Money Follows the Person: A 2012 Survey of Transitions, Services and Costs - The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, February 26, 2013
The Minimum Data Set (MDS), is a mandatory comprehensive clinical assessment given to all residents in all nursing facilities regardless of payer source. As of 2010, nursing facilities are required to ask the Section Q return to community question “Do you want to talk to someone about the possibility of leaving this facility and returning to live and receive services in the community”. The purpose of this question is to support the residents’ right to making an informed choice for their health care; when a “Yes” response is given a referral is placed to a local contact agency and an options counselor, who will then provide them information on community living supports and programs to transition back into the community. The CCT program uses the response from the MDS Section Q as a tool to provide referrals for nursing facility residents who might be interested in the Colorado Choice Transitions program.
Minimum Data Set Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities - May 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid website contains useful information about long-term services and supports and Money Follows the Person.
Money Follows the Person: Expanding Options for Long Term Care from Mathmatica, contains Annual Evaluation Reports, Semi-annual Reports and Field Reports about MFP in other states.
Keeping the Promise
The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (the Department), in partnership with the Colorado Long Term Care Advisory and the Olmstead report Core Team, is proud to announce the release of the report, “Olmstead: Recommendations and Policy Options for Colorado,” as a response to Executive Order D01109 issued in June 2009.
Olmstead refers to a Supreme Court decision issued in 1999 that recognizes that unnecessary segregation of individuals with disabilities in institutions is a form of discrimination based on disability per Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Olmstead v. L.C., (98-536) 527 U.S. 581 (1999))
For more information on the Olmstead decision, visit: www4.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/98-536.ZS.html
Olmstead Public Comment with Responses
HB07-1374 - Response to Recommendations
LTC Advisory Report Comparison Committee Status Update
Colorado House Bill 08-1374 Report
Regional Transition Committees (RTC) are forming across the state. These groups develop a strategic plan that integrates the regions resources and expertise to promote transitions and community-based living through a collaborative effort. Members of RTCs may include, for example, transition coordinators, case managers, service providers, advocates, local housing authorities, consumers and family members. If you are interested in participating in the RTC in your region contact the CCT Program Director, Sam Murillo 303-866-6554.
Map of Regional Transition Committees
Sam Murillo - Project DirectorContact for programmatic operationsSam.Murillo@state.co.us303-866-6554
Derek (Dom) Martin - Project ManagerContact with questions about CCT benefits and services, provider enrollment, and Prior Authorization Request (PAR) processingDerek.Martin@state.co.us303-866-4035
Nora Brahe - Transition AdministratorContact for community transition information or with questions about the member transition processNora.Brahe@state.co.us303-866-3566
Teresa Nguyen - Community LiaisonContact to schedule outreach activities such as, informational meetings and/or presentations, for questions about the Minimum Data Set (MDS) questionnaire requirements and ADRC contract management Teresa.Nguyen@state.co.us
Colorado Choice Transitions Brochures & Posters are available by request. Materials are printed in English and Spanish. If you need other accommodations for these materials, please indicate that in your request. Requests for materials should be sent to CCT@hcpf.state.co.us.
Send comments, complaints, feedback and questions to:
CCT Project Director, Sam Murillo at 303-866-6554 or Sam.Murillo@state.co.us
Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) was supported by Funding Opportunity Number 1LICMS330819 from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.