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The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) has contracted with HCBS Strategies to develop a new process for assessing the need for long term supports and services (LTSS).  

HCPF recognized that stakeholder feedback and buy-in is a key component of this work. This blog helps support this process by providing a place where all presentations and notes from stakeholder meetings will be made publicly available.  Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback directly on this blog by clicking here.

The project has the following stages:
1.                Understanding how Colorado's current LTSS assessment processes
    work
2.                Develop a document that identifies how the new assessment process
    can support Colorado’s home and community-based services (HCBS)
    systems change efforts (formerly the white paper)
3.                Selecting the tool or tools that will serve as the basis of the new
    assessment process
4.                Customizing the tool or tools to meet Colorado's unique needs
5.                Piloting the tool to understand the impact on eligibility
    determinations
6.                Developing a plan for implementing the new tool and related
    processes

The operational review mentioned in Step 1 has been complete, and during this process it was found that there are far more initiatives working towards systems change across the State than originally anticipated. As a result, the timing of the white paper (Step 2) was moved forward and refocused to discuss how the new assessment process might support proposed systems change efforts. The Department has decided on the tools that they will be using as models to develop their own tool (Step 3), and the draft adult assessment tools and training manuals have been developed (Step 4). As an additional part of Step 4, HCPF and HCBS Strategies are adapting the adult assessment modules for children. This will allow the Department to have a comprehensive assessment tool for child LTSS populations, and also allow individuals to more easily transition from children to adult services. 

Feel free to contact Andrew Cieslinski of HCBS Strategies Inc. directly at andrew@hcbs.info or 734-431-4977 with any additional comments or questions.