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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 Medicaid clients 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 Medicaid eligible.
Operational Protocol Version 1.0*
The Operational Protocol is a required document for the Money Follows the Person Demonstration. It should provide enough information that CMS, other federal or State officials and external stakeholders may use this document to understand the operation of the demonstration. Version 2.0 of the Operational Protocol coming soon.
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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
News Release - Colorado Medicaid Launches Colorado Choice Transitions Program, March 1, 2013
Penny Wise Boulder Weekly - March 28, 2012
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.
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))
You will find links to the final version of the report, the Executive Order mandating the report and public comments with the Department’s responses on this website. Please bookmark this site and continue checking it for information as to how the Department, in partnership with other state agencies and community organizations, will prioritize and implement the recommendations in the report.
For more information on the Olmstead decision, visit: http://www4.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/98-536.ZS.html
Olmstead Public Comment with Responses
LTC Advisory Report Comparison Committee Status Update
Colorado House Bill 08-1374 Report
Sam Murillo, Project Director Sam.Murillo@state.co.us 303-866-6554
Nicole Storm, Project Manager Nicole.Storm@state.co.us 303-866-2858
Nora Brahe, Transition Administrator Nora.Brahe@state.co.us 303-866-3566
Vacant, Community Liaison CCT@hcpf.state.co.us 303-866-6554
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 Sam Murillo.
Send comments, complaints, feedback and questions to
CCT Project Director, Sam Murillo at 303-866-6554 or CCT@hcpf.state.co.us