LETTER SENT TO ALL LEGISLATORS RE: CDASS IMPLEMENTATION
LETTER SENT TO HCPF AND DDD WITH COPIES TO THE JBC REGARDING CDASS IMPLEMENTATION
Barbara Prehmus, Director, Long-Term Benefits, HCPF
Jacksi, Director DDD
Barbara Ramsey, Program Development and Operations,
Dear Barbara Prehmus, Sharon Jacksi and Barbara Ramsey:
It has been almost four years since the Governor signed HB05-1243, a
bill which contained an estimated annual savings of $11 million dollars. It
seems that in today’s economic crisis (or, actually, at any time) a savings of
$11 million per year would necessitate rapid and immediate response by HCPF and
DDD, in order to provide needed services to thousands of individuals with
developmental disabilities who are either not being served, or are being
Participants of PAD-CO lack clarity regarding the
implementation of the CDASS waiver for DD Comprehensive and SLS services. We
would appreciate your thoughts and responses to the following:
Is the following scenario correct? If not, please provide clarification.
The DD Comp Waiver will be completely written and available for public
comment on 2/20/09. with public comment to be returned to DDD by 3/16/09. The
completed Comp Waiver will be posted on the DD Website under "What's New" on
2/20/9 and will include the plan for CDASS in DD to be implemented on 7/1/09 or
whenever it is approved by CMS. On 2/2009 the completed DD Comp Waiver will
ALSO go to HCPF for their input There will not be time for public comment on
the changes that HCPF might make before sending the Waiver on to CMS around
2. What input have parents, self-advocates and other
stakeholders had into the development of the DD Waiver and the CDASS process,
especially given previous statements that there would be a CDASS Committee of
stakeholders convened around September, 2008?
what other CDASS type waivers have been submitted, or are scheduled to be
submitted to CMS, what will they cover, who will control and administer them
(HCPF or DDD or ?)
4. Is there an attempt or plan to have ALL
Colorado Medicaid Waivers include a CDASS option?
5. We have
heard from various sources that the DD CDASS waiver delay has been caused by CMS
processing, but we are confused as it appears that the DD Comp Waiver with the
inclusion of CDASS has not even been submitted. Please help us understand this.
6. In regards to SLS waivers and CDASS, confusion reigns, with
reports from various parts of the state indicating “CDASS is not available under
SLS,” “I got SLS/CDASS easily,” “CDASS/SLS covers only a portion of the
available SLS services.” It has been claimed by some that, for SLS, CDASS would
apparently not be available for Supported Employment, Day habilitation (day
programs), community access, respite, mentorship, transportation, and possibly
supervision. Could you clarify the current status of CDASS as it related to the
SLS waiver, the coverages and any future plans for CDASS and the SLS waiver.
Your responses would be most helpful.
Fox, Ed.D. Moderator, PAD-CO
Cc: Members of the Joint Budget Committee