Medicaid and Home Modifications

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What is the difference between Community Centered Boards and Single Entry Points for Colorado Medicaid?

For more than four decades, Community Centered Boards (CCBs) have managed and delivered services to children and adults with developmental disabilities in partnership with private, community-based service agencies and providers. In 1963, Colorado statute authorized CCBs to be responsible for community services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, offering an alternative to institutionalization in state operated regional facilities. Currently there are twenty Community Centered Boards serving approximately 19,000 individuals and their families throughout Colorado.

Community Centered Board are responsible to determine eligibility, provide comprehensive case management and provide or purchase services and supports for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Click here to see the Community Centered Boards for Colorado Medicaid.  They do many of the same jobs as the Medicaid Single Entry Point.  Their funding comes from the same place.

What is a Single Entry Point? A Single Entry Point (SEP) is a single access or entry point agency within a local area where certain Medicaid-eligible clients and potential clients can obtain information on and be screened for long-term services and supports (LTSS). These agencies conduct functional assessments, make referrals to appropriate programs, complete functional eligibility determinations for LTSS and provide case management.

A SEP may be a private or nonprofit organization or a county or multicounty agency.  SEPs serve the elderly, persons with disabilities, persons with mental health needs, persons living with AIDS, persons with brain and spinal cord injuries, children with a life-limiting illness and children with a physical disability.

In Colorado, the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing oversees the states’ 25 SEPs. SEPs support access to LTSS through Medicaid waivers for Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) waivers and services provided by nursing facilities. Specific waivers require SEPs to coordinate services to clients in the least restrictive setting possible with the goal of keeping them in their homes and communities as an alternate to nursing facility placement.

Colorado has designated SEPs as the access point for the following Medicaid and Home Modifications waivers: HCBS Waiver for the Elderly, Blind and Disabled  |  HCBS Waiver for Persons with Brain Injuries  |  HCBS Waiver for Community Mental Health Supports  |  HCBS Waiver for Children with Life Limiting Illness |  HCBS Waiver for Persons with Spinal Cord Injury

Click here to see the Single Entry Points for Colorado Medicaid.