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A Letter from Beverly Winters, Executive Director

There is much to celebrate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The philosophies and attitudes of how, what and where to provide supports to individuals and families continue to evolve into more “person centered” approaches offering more choices, self-directed services and fuller participation in community life. DDRC leadership has long embraced the values of quality, dignity and choice for children and adults with IDD as well as helping families secure the services that will ease life challenges and open up possibilities. This involves having a stable workforce and provider network, cost effective business practices and a lot of listening and responding to the people we serve. DDRC has had a highly successful year dramatically increasing the number of children receiving services in Early Intervention and Children and Family Services and adults receiving Supported Living Services. DDRC has also increased behavior health services, employee training, fundraising, board development and technology for individuals and employees. More children were served in Family Support Services.

For many families the biggest worry is ensuring your loved one is safe, healthy and happy today and into the future, even when unable to personally oversee that care. Therefore, we want to keep you well-informed of the many changes that are taking place regarding IDD services over the next several years. DDRC, along with other IDD organizations, is preparing for major policy changes from the federal Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) and from the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF). Many of you are well aware of these initiatives through previous newsletters, forums, meetings and individual conversations. However, we recognize it can be hard to focus on tomorrow when you are attending to today’s challenges. Thus, I want to reiterate these important mandates that are impacting services throughout the country and Colorado.

Compliance with Conflict-Free Case Management – CMS is implementing a rule that states an individual cannot get their Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and targeted case management services from the same organization. DDRC is working on plans to come into compliance.

Compliance with HCBS settings rule – CMS has expectations on how services will be delivered in the community that may impact some service models.

HCBS waiver redesign – The intent is that the array of service options available in the HCBS-DD (comprehensive) waiver and the Supported Living Services (SLS) waiver will be more flexible in the future. Residential services may be funded differently.

We know that some of you are apprehensive about the impact of these changes and others may embrace them. DDRC is committed to being mission-focused during these challenging times and dedicated to ongoing high quality and responsive customer service. Our goal is to adapt to these changes in a way that affords the most choice and least disruption to individuals, families and our dedicated staff today and into the future. As we face a changing service landscape we are fortunate to have a strong Board of Directors, leadership team and close working relationships with individuals, families, providers, county partners, business community and other stakeholders.

Please be assured that we are working hard to influence positive outcomes. We will continue to keep you informed about these systems changes as well as help you navigate what this means for you. Please let us know how we can support you and answer your questions.


Thanks!

Beverly Winters

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