DD Definition Rules Change 6/14/2013

The State Board of the Department of Human Services unanimously approved adoption of the two revised rules which clarify the definition of developmental disability to include individuals who qualify as having an intellectual/developmental disability for reasons related to cognitive/intellectual limitations OR limitations related to adaptive behavior. The new rules are consistent with CO statute. Board members Stephanie Garcia and David Ervin were very helpful in explaining the issues to the Board.  The rules take effect August 1.

During the discussion, questions again surfaced regarding payment for adaptive behavior assessments. The dept. indicated that it was still in the process of working with JBC staff to determine how funds authorized in the Long Bill would be allocated which could include compensation to CCBS for the costs of additional eligibility determination and/or costs to families for the assessments.

Sincere thanks to all who participated in and contributed to the almost four year process leading to today’s action. Particular thanks to the parents who have given such valuable insight. And thanks to Director Reggie Bicha, Joscelyn Gay, Barb Ramsey and Tyker Dienes who worked so hard to finally bring these rules to fruition–they listened … And the State Board listened. More information to follow.

Marijo Rymer
The Arc of Colorado

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