In March 2022, the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (Department) learned that after a multi-year investigation, the Justice Department (DOJ) has concluded that Colorado is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C., for unnecessarily segregating people with physical disabilities in nursing facilities. (Note, the findings do not relate to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or to children; the findings are specific to adults with physical disabilities.)
These findings do not detract from our shared, deep commitment to creating a system that ensures people with disabilities always have the option to receive their care in the community. Over the past decade, the Department, in collaboration with many of you, has made extraordinary progress in strengthening and enhancing the home and community-based services that are available to people with disabilities. And we view the DOJ’s review and findings as an opportunity to help us better meet the needs of adults with physical disabilities, and we are approaching these findings and our response in that way.
As such, we have set up a number of opportunities for the public to provide input on the findings and how the Department should move forward.
|Meeting Title and Link||Meeting Date||Time||Target Audience|
|Transition Stakeholder Advisory Council: Kick Off||September 1, 2022||2:30 - 4:30 p.m.||
|Transition Stakeholder Advisory Council: Summary and Wrap Up||November 3, 2022||2:30 - 4:30 p.m.||
Note: this list will be updated regularly as public meeting opportunities are scheduled
In addition to meetings, the Department is requesting stakeholder feedback via a survey that can be completed in approximately 10 minutes. This information will help to prioritize the important work that lies ahead.
Other meetings for targeted groups or audiences will also be hosted. For more information, contact HCPF_AccessUnit@state.co.us
Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request 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. Please contact John.R.Barry@state.co.us or 303-866-3173, or the 504/ADA Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting to make arrangements.