Upcoming Changes: July 1, 2019
June 20, 2019
The Family Support Services Program
After a multi-year process, Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) revised the rules for the Family Support Services Program (FSSP). The revised rules will change the following:
- The types of services eligible for reimbursement
- How families report the services for reimbursement
- The annual reporting requirements for Foothills Gateway and other Community Centered Boards in Colorado
The revised rules require that families submit a receipt in order to receive reimbursement for eligible items. Currently families submit a quarterly expense report for eligible expenses. The new requirement should help to ensure accountability for funds disbursed through the program.
While the new rules create additional reporting requirements for families, Foothills Gateway is increasing the flexibility in how and when families will receive reimbursement. Families will be able to prioritize their eligible expenses and the new rules will allow flexibility in the amounts allotted from month-to-month.
Foothills Gateway is developing an online receipt submission system that will allow families to upload receipts directly. In addition to this system, families will be able to submit receipts via email or through the mail.
Children’s Habilitation Residential Program
Beginning July 1, Foothills Gateway will provide case management services for the Children’s Habilitation Residential Program (CHRP) Waiver. This Medicaid program serves people under the age of 21 with exceptional medical and behavioral needs who are at risk for out-of-home placement.
Before July 1, the CHRP Waiver required that people be in the custody of the Department of Human Services (DHS). After July 1, this requirement is no longer in place.
In addition to providing respite, supported community connection, therapies and short or long-term residential service options, two new service types are available under CHRP. These services allow for in-home supports and comprehensive service coordination for people residing in the family home or transitioning back to the family home from a residential placement. These services are designed to provide the necessary supports to allow the family member to live in their family home.
Foothills Gateway and Larimer County DHS are working to identify and recruit providers to serve people in Larimer County.