Community Mental Health Supports Waiver

Age 18 & Up

The Community Mental Health Supports Waiver(CMHS) provides assistance to people with a mental illness that require long-term supports and services in order to remain in a community setting.

Visit the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing website for the most current information about the CMHS Waiver.

To qualify:

  • Be willing to get services in your home or community. 
  • Require long-term support services at a level comparable to services typically provided in a nursing facility.
  • A person experiencing severe and persistent mental health needs that require assistance with one or more Activities of Daily Living (ADL),
    • 18 years of age or older with a severe and persistent mental health need,
    • Currently has or at any time during the past year leading up to assessment has a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder of sufficient duration to meet diagnostic criteria specified within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), and
    • Has a disorder that is episodic, recurrent, or has persistent features, but may vary in terms of severity and disabling effects, and
    • Has resulted in functional impairment which substantially interferes with or limits one or more major activities.
  • A severe and persistent mental health need does not include:
    • Intellectual or developmental disorders, or
    • Substance use disorder without a co-occurring diagnosis of a severe and persistent mental health need
  • Meet financial determination requirements as outlined in the Colorado Code of Regulations and as determined by your local Department of Human Services.

Services & Supports

If you are enrolled in the CMHS waiver, you will receive regular Health First Colorado benefits. Additionally, you will also receive the following services specific to the CMHS waiver:

  • Adult Day Services
  • Alternative Care Facilities
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Home Modifications
  • Homemaker Services (with Remote Supports options)
  • Life Skills Training
  • Medication Reminder
  • Non-Medical Transportation
  • Peer Mentorship
  • Personal Care (with Remote Supports options)
  • Personal Emergency Response System (PERS)
  • Respite Care
  • Transition Set Up

Service Delivery Options / Additional Benefits

  • Consumer Directed Attendant Support Services (CDASS) 

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