Participant-Directed Programs

Participant-directed services are Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) that help people of all ages, across all types of disabilities, maintain their independence and determine for themselves what mix of personal assistance supports and services work best for them.  Participant direction empowers each member to expand their degree of choice and control over decisions made about their long-term services and supports in a highly personalized manner.

How do I know which program is right for me?

What is the difference between each program?


News and Announcements

2023-2024 Requests for Proposals (RFP)

In late 2023, the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) solicited competitive, responsive proposals from experienced and financially sound organizations to perform as a Financial Management Services (FMS) contractor for CDASS participants and as a Training & Support contractor for CDASS and IHSS participants, Case Management Agencies, and IHSS provider agencies.

  • HCPF sought three contractors to provide fiscal and administrative services
  • HCPF sought one contractor to provide training, operations, and information and assistance services
  • Awarded contractors will have contracts starting July 1, 2024

The awarded contractors are:

  • Consumer Direct for Colorado was awarded the Training and Support contract, which is a continuation of its current role. 
  • Palco, Inc. and Public Partnerships LLC were awarded contracts for FMS providers, also continuing in their current roles.
    • HCPF will continue to pursue a third FMS provider to give members additional options.

HCPF Informational Memo 24-003 provides more information about these awarded contracts and the transition into a new contract cycle.

Community First Choice

In State Fiscal Year 2025-2026 HCPF will expand the population that receives CDASS and IHSS under the Community First Choice (CFC) initiative. Visit CFC web page


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Stakeholder Opportunities

Note: All Office of Community Living stakeholder meeting information is located on the Office of Community Living Stakeholder Engagement Calendar 

  • Participant-Directed Programs Policy Collaborative (PDPPC)
    • The PDPPC is a collaboration between stakeholders and HCPF, focusing on issues related to Consumer-Directed Attendant Support Services (CDASS) and In-Home Support Services (IHSS).
      • Every month on the 4th Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. MT
      • November and December meetings occur on the 3rd Wednesday
  • Community First Choice Stakeholder Meetings
    • Visit the CFC website for more information
  • IHSS Subcommittee
    • This subcommittee meets in a dedicated breakout room during each PDPPC meeting. See the PDPPC meeting information above.
  • Utilization Review/Utilization Management (UR/UM) Subcommittee

Reasonable accommodations for stakeholder engagement will be provided upon request. Please email HCPF_PDP@state.co.us or the Civil Rights Officer at hcpf504ada@state.co.us at least one week prior to the meeting to make arrangements for persons with disabilities. Auxiliary aids and services for individuals with disabilities and language services for individuals whose first language is not English may be provided upon request.

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Report Issues or Provide Feedback to the PDP Unit

If you have any issues or feedback related to CDASS or IHSS policies, Electronic Visit Verification (EVV), member enrollment, contractor performance, or other topics you need to escalate to HCPF for help getting a resolution, send your feedback or report your issue through:

Questions about CDASS or IHSS or want to apply?

Learn about other Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Benefits and Programs

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