Kinship Families Raising Children With I/DD
Public Education Services
Children age 3 through 21 with a disability may be eligible for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).
Information about special education services can be obtained from local school districts or from:
Colorado Department of Education
201 East Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 866-6600 Phone
(303) 830-0793 Fax
Colorado Services and Supports for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
The state of Colorado has many different programs available to assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The cost of most services is covered by a combination of state and federal tax dollars. Colorado Medicaid is publicly funded health insurance for low income families, children, pregnant women, persons with disabilities or who are blind. Colorado Medicaid is often simply referred to as the State Plan. The State Plan covers the cost of basic medical services. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities who qualify can receive Medicaid services regardless of whether or not they also receive other services specific to their developmental disability.
The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) is the state Medicaid agency. For information about Medicaid eligibility and benefits, contact:
Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
303 East 17th Avenue 7th Floor Conference Room. Denver, CO 80203
(303) 866-2993 Phone
(303) 866-4411 Fax
Colorado’s Service Delivery System
Developmental Disability Services—Community Centered Boards
Community based services (HCBS Medicaid waivers, Early Intervention, and Family Support) for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Colorado are provided through a system of 20 Community Centered Boards (CCB). CCBs serve defined geographic areas of the state. The CCB is the Single Entry Point for eligibility determination and coordination of resources (case management.) Individuals can choose from many different service providers or receive services directly from the CCB in some areas of the state.
For contact information and a map of CCB service areas click here.
The Calabrese Life Opportunities Fund
The Calabrese Life Opportunities fund is designed to help people with developmental disabilities of all ages to obtain technological devices, applications to be used on technological devices or training on the use of technological devices and applications. Access to technology and information access is essential for community and social participation, employment, education, health, and general communication. Any individual with an intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in the State of Colorado is eligible to apply for assistance through a grant application to the Calabrese Life Opportunities Fund.