Governor Signs Bill to Better Serve Children with Severe Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Parents can maintain custodial rights while receiving services for kids


April 30, 2018

Media Contact:
Marc Williams

HB 18-1328 SigningDenver, CO – Today Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB18-1328 which will better serve children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who also have complex behavioral supports needs. The most impactful element of this bill will remove a current requirement that families must relinquish custodial rights of their child so he or she can qualify for vital services and supports provided by the Children’s Habilitation Residential Program (CHRP) waiver. Currently, CHRP waiver services are only available to children in the Foster Care program.

HB18-1328 also adds in-home services to assist the child/youth and their family to stabilize the child/youth’s behaviors in the home and avoid an out-of-home placement.

“The behavioral needs of these children and youth are so severe, without needed supports they can place themselves, their families and their communities in danger,” said Gretchen Hammer, Medicaid director for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. “This bill allows families to keep guardianship of their child and improves access to critically important services through the CHRP waiver.”

The bill includes several technical provisions that will move administration of the CHRP waiver to the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing from the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Over the coming months, the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing will seek federal approval of changes to the CHRP waiver to implement the bill

About the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing: The Department administers Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) and Child Health Plan Plus as well as a variety of other programs for Coloradans who qualify. For more information about the Department, please visit