Age 18 & Up
The Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH) waiver (formerly SCI Waiver) helps people living with a spinal cord injury (traumatic or nontraumatic), multiple sclerosis, brain injury, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, or cerebral palsy with the inability for independent ambulation over the age of 18.
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- Be 18 years of age or older
- Have a qualifying condition of a spinal cord injury (traumatic or nontraumatic), multiple sclerosis, brain injury, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, or cerebral palsy
- Have been determined to have an inability for independent ambulation resulting from the qualifying condition as identified by the case manager through the assessment process. The inability for independent ambulation for the HCBS-CIH waiver means:
- The individual does not walk, and requires use of a wheelchair or scooter in all settings, whether or not they can operate the wheelchair or scooter safely, on their own, OR;
- The individual does walk, but requires use of a walker or cane in all settings, whether or not they can use the walker or cane safely, on their own, OR;
- The individual does walk, but requires “touch” or “stand-by” assistance to ambulate safely in all settings.
- Have been determined to be financially eligible
- If you do not meet the financial requirements, you may be eligible through the Health First Colorado Buy-In Program for Working Adults with Disabilities.
- Have been determined to need long-term services and supports as you would receive in a nursing home or a hospital.
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
- Complementary and Integrative Health Services (Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy)
- Home Delivered Meals
- Home Modification
- 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 Systems (PERS)
- Respite Care
- Transition Set Up
Service Delivery Options / Additional Benefits
- In-Home Support Services (IHSS)
- Consumer Directed Attendant Support Services (CDASS)