Resources and Links

We will continue to add and update links on a regular basis. You may also want to try the Colorado Resource Directory, created by Family-to-Family Navigator and Family Leadership Training Institute graduate, LaShay Canady.

Colorado Resources

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 Services: Childrens Waivers (HCBS):
Medicaid Waivers: Adult Waivers

Medicaid is a health care program for low income Coloradans. Applicants must meet eligiblity 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 Outreach (formerly EPSDT):  800-221-3943

Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) health care services are available for children from birth to age 20 who are on Medicaid.  EPSDT is designed to detect and treat health problems early in children.  They also offer case management services to help families navigate the Medicaid system and the community systems.

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.

Parent to Parent of Colorado:  877-472-7201

P2P will match 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.

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 (Formerly – Denver Metro Community Parent Resource Center)  303-365-2772

THRIVE 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:  303-904-6073

Provides information, referrals, and support for Spanish speaking parents.

Ombudsman (Medicaid):  877-435-7123 email:

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.

The Legal Center for People with Disabilities:  800-288-1376

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 Point Entry (SEP):

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.

Disability-Specific Organizations

The Anchor Center for Blind Children:  303-377-9732

Autism Society of Colorado:  866-733-0794

Brain Injury Association of Colorado:  800-955-2443

CP of Colorado:  303-691-9339

Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind:  719-578-2100

EMPOWER Colorado:  866-213-4631

EMPOWER offers support, education, advocacy and resources to families with children and youth who have social, emotional or mental health challenges.

Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado:  888-378-9779

Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health ~ Colorado Chapter: 888-569-7500

Learning Disability Association of Colorado:  303-894-0992

Mile High Down Syndrome Association:  303-797-1699

NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) Colorado:  888-566-6264

National Organization for Rare Disorders:  800-999-6673

Unique (Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group)

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