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Employment in the general workforce is the first and preferred outcome for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.
One of the Colorado Employment First Initiatives is to ensure professionals providing Individualized Supported Employment services have the training and/or certification required.
We are pleased to announce service providers who are actively providing Individualized Supported Employment services through Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) or Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid Waivers can be reimbursed for training and/or certification.
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UPDATE: We have completed the first quarter of implementation of provider reimbursement for training/certification costs associated with Senate Bill 18-145. As we continue to work with and get feedback from service provider agencies, we have determined we can accept applications for reimbursement for more than one person per agency.
Submit the pre-approval form for each staff person who would like to request reimbursement of training and/or certification costs. Multiple requests may be approved based on availability of funding.
We will monitor and reassess quarterly to maintain statewide equity and access to reimbursements for Nationally Recognized Training and/or certifications.
Questions? Contact HCPF_Supported.Employment@state.co.us
Below you will find information on: the timeline, core competencies, approved trainings and certifications, and the whole process from the pre-approval to reimbursement.
5-Year Transition Period Begins
Transition Period Ends
All Supported Employment Professionals must have a nationally recognized training certificate or nationally recognized certification
Have up to 2 years to acquire training certificate or certification.
They must be supervised by someone with either a training certificate or a certification.
Supported Employment Informational Webinar - August 2019
Approved trainings or certifications must be nationally recognized meaning that the training or certification must include standards that are set and approved by relevant industry groups and/or governing bodies nationwide.
Listed are approved trainings/certifications that you can submit pre-approval request for:
The Person-centered process, including the following:
Individualized career assessment and planning, including the following:
Individualized job development, including the following:
Individualized job coaching, including the following:
Job Development including, the following:
To ensure statewide access to these training funds, the Department is currently allowing only one training and/or one certification per Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid Waiver Service Provider, or Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Vendor. The Department will publish updates on this website as budget and appropriation changes.
Reimbursements will cover the cost of the training and certification, application fees, and staff time.
To be eligible for reimbursement, you need to be set up to bill for Supported Employment services through Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Health First Colorado, and/or HCBS Waivers.
You must apply for pre-approval for training/certification prior to attending.
Questions or concerns? Contact: HCPF_Supported.Employment@state.co.us
After you have attended your pre-approved training/certification, you must submit evidence of completion within 30 calendar days. If your training/certification occurs in May or June, you must submit your completion documents by June 30 to be reimbursed within the state fiscal year.
If you need an extension to complete the training or to submit completion documents, you must get approval of the extension BEFORE the 30-day timeframe is exhausted. If you miss the expiration date and do not have an extension, you will not be reimbursed.
Once we have evidence of successful completion, you will receive reimbursement within 30 days.
Senate Bill 18-145 is to advance competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities by funding training and certification for Supported Employment Professionals
The bill requires training and/or certification of all providers of supported employment services for persons with disabilities.
Senate Bill 16-077 established: