Disability Services in Colorado
While it is not perfect, Colorado has a strong support system for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In reviewing other state’s regulations and billing rates, you can see that our state holds value in ensuring individuals with IDD have a high quality of life equal to anyone else living in the community.
Accessing those services, however, can be a large puzzle where families or individuals independently get stuck and turned in the wrong direction. We wanted to share easy to follow steps on how to get started to ensure that you or someone close to you is able to access the care they need.
Here is how it works:
Currently, one of the most important tools within Colorado’s IDD system is the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) Assessment. We say this because the state is working to replace this system in the future. The SIS is an assessment that occurs before you begin services and is aimed to identify the level of support you need.
Accurate information is critical here.
As a family member or close connection to an individual seeking services, you have to step back and think ‘what would these various life skills look like if I were out of the picture?’
Your goal is to show the level of support the individual needs to be successful. The SIS assessment is then utilized to identify the reimbursement rates for providers AND the amount of services an individual qualified for. This is never an easy meeting and is extremely personal. It is important to discuss this with the individual receiving services beforehand to ensure they understand this may be uncomfortable but it is critical to be honest.
Sample Supports offers a step-by-step list of how to get enrolled in services — click here — or give us a call if you need support!