Children’s Habilitation Residential Program (CHRP) Waiver will come under Foothills Gateway’s Case Management in 2019
December 12, 2018
The CHRP waiver has been around for many years. It exists “for children and youth in foster care who have a developmental disability and very high needs. Their needs for support put them at risk for institutional care. Waiver services help these children and youth learn and maintain skills needed to live in their communities.” (www.colorado.gov)
Currently, the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS)/Child Welfare system and the local county departments of Human Services operate and manage this program.
During the 2018 legislative session, the state legislature passed a bill (HB18-1328) that directed Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) to initiate a stakeholder process to prepare and submit a redesigned CHRP waiver that allows for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) for children on the waiver who have complex behavioral support needs. The bill also legislates that case management services for children receiving CHRP will become the responsibility of the Community Centered Boards’ case managers, so Foothills Gateway staff will take on this responsibility in July 2019.
Additionally, HCPF is currently in the process of developing two new service options for children who receive CHRP services beginning 7/1/2019: Intensive In-Home Therapeutic Support and Intensive Therapeutic Transition Support. At this point, HCPF staff are in the process of drafting, with community and stakeholder input, program descriptions for each of the aforementioned services.
Additional updates will be forthcoming as we approach the 7/1/2019 implementation date!