We will continue to add and update links here in the coming weeks. You may also want to try the Colorado Resource Directory, created by Family-to-Family Navigator and Family Leadership Training Institute graduate, LaShay Canady.
Ability Connection Colorado: 303-691-9339
Matching parents one on one with each other for support. They connect families of children and adults with special needs by either phone, computer or in person.
Child Find / Early Intervention Colorado: 888-777-4041
Colorado has a Child Find system for appropriately identifying infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities, and timelines for making referrals to local early intervention programs at no cost to parents.
Community-Centered Boards (CCBs):
Colorado has 20 CCB organizations serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. They determine eligibility for community-based services and provide case management services. CCB’s also assist individuals with gaining access to Medicaid Waivers. Waiver programs provide additional Medicaid benefits to individuals with special needs.
Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CCLP): 303-573-5669
The Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CCLP) works to promote justice, economic security, access to health care, and sound fiscal policies for the people or Colorado through advocacy, litigation, education, and research.
Colorado Health Care Policy & Financing (HCPF): 303-866-2993
Provides access to cost-effective, quality health care services. The Department administers the Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus programs as well as a variety of other programs for Colorado’s low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.
Colorado Home and Community Based Service Waivers (Medicaid):
Medicaid is a health care program for low income Coloradans. Applicants must meet eligibility criteria for one of the Medicaid Program categories in order to qualify for benefits. Major program categories include Aid to Families with Dependent Children/Medicaid Only, Colorado Works/TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), Baby Care/Kids Care, Aid to the Needy Disabled, Aid to the Blind, and Old Age Pension.
Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs (HCP): 303-692-2370
HCP offers support for families with children with special needs and focuses on care coordination and providing specialty clinics throughout the state of Colorado. HCP services are available to children with special needs, regardless of insurance status or family income.
Healthy Communities combines aspects of the Early Periodic Screening Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) outreach and administrative case management program and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) outreach into one model that better meets the needs of clients. This outreach and case management model takes into account that many families have one child enrolled in Medicaid while another is enrolled in CHP+. The distinction between Medicaid and CHP+ benefits and services isn’t always clear. Family Health Coordinators are available statewide to help Colorado Medicaid and CHP+ families through the Healthy Communities program.
The Arc of Colorado: 800-333-7690
The Arc builds better lives for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families by improving connections to schools, work and the community. Can provide an advocate to assist families through the IEP process.
PEAK Parent Center: Colorado’s Parent Training and Info Center (PTI): 800-284-0251
Provides information about all types of disabilities, training on a variety of topics and technical assistance on your child’s IEP.
THRIVE Center: 303-632-6840
The THRIVE Center empowers low-income, culturally diverse families to be advocates for their children with disabilities to achieve success in their schools and communities.
JFK Partners: 303-742-5266
JFK promotes the independence, inclusion, contribution, health and well-being of people with special needs, through consumer, community, and university partnerships.
Easter Seals Colorado: 303-233-1666
Easter Seals is dedicated to supporting people with disabilities and their families as they live, learn, work and play in their communities.
El Grupo VIDA: 303-335-9875
Provides information, referrals, and support for Spanish speaking parents.
Ombudsman (Medicaid): 877-435-7123 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ombudsman help solve problems with your health care issues (both physical and mental health) for Medicaid Managed Care patients. They also help with health care rights and with grievances and appeals.
Disability Law Colorado: 303-722-0300
Specialize in civil rights and discrimination issues. They protect the human and legal rights of people with mental and physical disabilities throughout Colorado.
Assistive Technology Partners: 303-315-1284
ATP assists persons with cognitive, sensory, and/or physical disabilities reach their highest potential at home, school, work and play through the addition of appropriate assistive technologies to their lives.
Colorado Respite Coalition (CRC): 303-619-1437
CRC is community partners who explore, connect, and support community organizations and individuals interested in creating a variety of respite programs.
Single Entry Point (SEP) Agencies provide case management, care planning, and make referrals to other resources for clients with the following qualifying needs: elderly, blind and disabled, mental health, persons living with AIDS, brain injury, spinal cord injury, children with a life-limiting illness, children with a physical disability.