Requesting Support from the Department for Grants

Community partners can request Letters of Support from the Department by contacting the Grants team at Please include information about the grant you are requesting, the nature of the support you are seeking from the Department, and any required templates/forms for the Department’s completion. The Department cannot guarantee response to requests that come in less than two weeks from the proposal submission deadline.

The Grants team will evaluate the request based on:  

  • The alignment of strategic goals 
  • Capacity to provide support (ex. data, personnel, logistics, management, budget) 

The Grants team will also ensure that support offered is well-coordinated, tracked, and documented within the Department.

Grants Available to the Community

Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD)

The Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD) is the most comprehensive source of health claims data in the state with claims from Health First Colorado, Medicare, and commercial payers in the state. The public website allows consumers to shop for health care services and also provides statewide cost and utilization information. Scholarships are available for custom data requests to support projects to improve care, improve quality and lower costs in the state. Visit the data showcase to see how organizations are using custom data from the CO APCD. The Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) is the administrator of the CO APCD and is responsible for ensuring the database operates in accordance with the legislation and securing the necessary funds to support the ongoing operation of the database.

Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors

The purpose of the Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors program is to promote the health and welfare of Colorado's low-income seniors by providing access to dental care to individuals age 60 and over who are not eligible for dental services under any other dental health care program, such as Health First Colorado.

Rural Provider Access and Affordability Stimulus Grant Program

Senate Bill 22-200 created the Rural Provider Access and Affordability Stimulus Grant Program which will award $10 million to qualified rural hospitals. The purpose of the grant payments is to improve health care affordability and access to care in rural Colorado. Grant payments will be allocated into two categories, affordability-related projects and care-related projects.

Grants Operated by the Department

Maternal Opioid Misuse Model

Community Response Services Expansion Grant

The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (the Department) received a planning grant through the American Rescue Plan Act to design and implement a new Medicaid option for community-based mobile crisis services, referred to as the Crisis Response Services Expansion (CRSE) benefit. The grant will allow the Department to complete an intensive stakeholder and design process, identify the gaps between the current system and what is required to stand up the CRSE benefit. Within the planning year, the Department will produce a detailed implementation plan, prepare a State Plan Amendment to add this service to Colorado’s Medicaid State Plan, and receive enhanced Federal Financial Participation for three years.

The planning grant will assist the Department to operationalize and integrate CRSE into the continuum of behavioral care for Medicaid beneficiaries and Colorado’s broader crisis response system (Colorado Crisis Services). This benefit will tie into multiple initiatives in Colorado. The Department has the following goals for the planning grant:

  1. Improve standardization and coordination of mobile crisis services for Medicaid beneficiaries
  2. Reduce unnecessary emergency department utilization and prevent future crisis calls
  3. Strengthen provider capacity and expertise to ensure services work effectively for all Medicaid beneficiaries, including members of historically-marginalized communities
  4. Integrate the CRSE benefit into dispatch and other emergency processes

Using the planning grant, the Department will perform the following major activities:

  1. Conduct an assessment of current crisis services and gaps relative to CRSE to inform the design and implementation process
  2. Establish a working group to solicit stakeholder feedback and advise the Department
  3. Prepare a design and implementation plan to guide the effective rollout of the CRSE benefit, which will address issues like delivery and oversight systems, federal authorities, changes to state-level guidance, workforce capacity, training and outreach, data strategies, and monitoring and evaluation
  4. Prepare required materials to authorize and implement the CRSE benefit, including a State Plan Amendment and changes to waivers for submission to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  5. Establish rates and standardized billing procedures, including updates to behavioral health capitated rates

This initiative ends Sept. 30, 2022. At that time, the Department will submit a State Plan Amendment to provide this benefit to Health First Colorado members.

Completed Grants

Colorado Long-Term Services and Supports No Wrong Door System Grant

The No Wrong Door (NWD) initiative is part the state's effort to streamline access to long-term services and supports for all consumers, regardless of age, disability or pay source. Through a three-year grant from the federal Administration for Community Living, Colorado will pilot three NWD regional entities to develop a model for implementing NWD statewide. Learn more about the No Wrong Door Implementation Grant project.

Colorado Long-Term Services and Supports Testing Experience and Functional Assessment Tools Grant

Colorado's "Demonstration Grant for Testing Experience and Functional Assessment Tools in Community-Based Long Term Services and Supports" (TEFT) grant program, spans four years through March 2018.This grant program is working through the field testing of an experience of communications survey, demonstration of the personal health record, refinement of the functional and assessment items and creation of a standard electronic LTSS record. Learn more about Colorado's Testing Experience and Functional Tools Grant project.

Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM)

Between February, 2015 and January 2019, the State of Colorado received up to$65 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with oversight from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to implement and test its State Health Care Innovation Plan.

Funding assisted Colorado in integrating physical and behavioral health care in more than 400 primary care practices and community mental health centers comprised of approximately 1,600 primary care providers. In addition, the state worked to establish a partnership between their public health, behavioral health and primary care sectors.

Person- and Family-Centered Care Implementation Grant

With grant funding from the Colorado Health Foundation (CHF), the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care (IPFCC) conducted a three day site visit in 2012 to interview Department staff and stakeholders about person and family-centered care and stakeholder engagement. In December 2012, IPFCC delivered a report with recommendations, entitled Advancing the Practice of Client- and Family-Centered Care for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. The Department used this report to secure funding from CHF to implement several key recommendations. The Department has begun to implement person-and family-centered practices by involving clients and families as a feedback mechanism to the Department through in-person and virtual advisory councils made up of solely Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid program) and Child Health Plan Plus members and family members/caretakers. Internally, we have established a group of staff Champions to work to implement person-centered approaches to each section's work, we are incorporating person-centered values into our hiring, on-boarding and performance planning process, providing relevant trainings, and continuing to seek support to extend such trainings to the contractors and providers with whom we work, so that we approach all of our work in a way that is person-centered. For more information, please see our Strategic Plan.