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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Grant (CCBHC)

The Quality and Health Improvement Unit (QHI) of HCPF has been awarded one of the Planning Grants for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The purpose of this program is to support states to certify clinics as CCBHCs, establish prospective payment systems for Medicaid reimbursable services, and prepare to participate in a two year demonstration program. Populations to be served are adults with serious mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbance, and those with long term and serious substance use disorders, as well as others with mental illness and substance use disorders. Learn more about the CCBHC Grant.

Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD)

The Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD) is the most comprehensive source of health claims data in the state with claims from Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial payers in the state. The public website allows consumers to shop for health care services and also provides statewide cost and utilization information. Scholarships are available for custom data requests to support projects to improve care, improve quality and lower costs in the state. Visit the data showcase to see how organizations are using custom data from the CO APCD. The Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) is the administrator of the CO APCD and is responsible for ensuring the database operates in accordance with the legislation and securing the necessary funds to support the ongoing operation of the database. Learn more about the CO APCD.

Colorado All Payer Database Data Submission Guide

Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors

The purpose of this program is to promote the health and welfare of Colorado’s low-income seniors by providing access to dental care to individuals age 60 and over who are not eligible for dental services under any other dental health care program, such as Medicaid.

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Colorado Innovation Grant Planning

In March 2013, the state of Colorado received a State Innovation Model (SIM) Pre-Testing Assistance Award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The goal of this six-month grant was to help the state improve and enhance our innovation proposal to CMS and work to refine our model of integration of behavioral health and primary health care. In November 2013, the SIM Pre-testing Grant came to an end and Colorado's State Health Innovation Plan was submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

In May of 2014, CMS released the second round of the SIM Model Testing funding, and Colorado submitted a $86.9M request in July of 2014. Please visit to view our submitted proposal, find more information around Colorado's SIM efforts, and to learn about ways to get involved.

Colorado Long-Term Services and Supports No Wrong Door System Grant

The No Wrong Door (NWD) initiative is part the state’s effort to streamline access to long-term services and supports for all consumers, regardless of age, disability or pay source. Through a three-year grant from the federal Administration for Community Living, Colorado will pilot three NWD regional entities to develop a model for implementing NWD statewide. Learn more about the No Wrong Door Implementation Grant project.

Person- and Family-Centered Care Implementation Grant

With grant funding from the Colorado Health Foundation (CHF), the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care (IPFCC) conducted a three day site visit in 2012 to interview Department staff and stakeholders about person and family-centered care and stakeholder engagement. In December 2012, IPFCC delivered a report with recommendations, entitled Advancing the Practice of Client- and Family-Centered Care for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. The Department used this report to secure funding from CHF to implement several key recommendations. The Department has begun to implement person-and family-centered practices by involving clients and families as a feedback mechanism to the Department through in-person and virtual advisory councils made up of solely Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus clients and family members/caretakers. Internally, we have established a group of staff Champions to work to implement person-centered approaches to each section’s work; we are incorporating person-centered values into our hiring, on-boarding and performance planning process; providing relevant trainings; and continuing to seek support to extend such trainings to the contractors and providers with whom we work, so that we approach all of our work in a way that is person-centered. 

School-Based Health Center Improvement Project (SHCIP)

The goal of this funding opportunity is to establish and evaluate a national quality system for children’s health care provided through the Medicaid program and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Learn more about SHCIP.

School-Based Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention (SAPI) Program 

The School Based Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention (SAPI) Program is a program that grants funds to schools, community-based organizations and health organizations to reduce the risk of marijuana use, alcohol use and prescription drug misuse by Colorado youth between 12-19 years old. Learn more about SAPI

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