Elderly, Blind, and Disabled Waiver

Age 18 & Up

The Elderly, Blind, and/or Disabled (EBD) waiver provides assistance to people ages 65 and older who have a functional impairment, or are blind, or to people ages 18-64 who are physically disabled or have a diagnosis of HIV or AIDS, and require long-term supports and services in order to remain in a community setting.

  • EBD services work with or add to the services that you receive through the Health First Colorado State Plan and other federal, state, and local public programs.
  • EBD also works with the supports that families and communities provide.
  • If you receive services through the EBD waiver, you are also eligible for all Health First Colorado covered services except nursing facility and long-term hospital care.

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

To qualify:

  • Be willing to get services in your home or community. 
  • You require long-term support services at a level comparable to services typically provided in a nursing facility.
  • Be 18 years or older.
  • If you are between the ages of 18 and 64, you need to be blind or have a physical disability, or have a diagnosis of HIV or AIDS.
  • If you are age 65 and older, you need to have been determined to have a significant functional impairment.
  • 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
  • Complementary and Integrative Health Services (Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy)
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Home Modification
  • Homemaker Services (with Remote Supports options)
  • In-Home Support Services (IHSS)
  • 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

  • Consumer Directed Attendant Support Services (CDASS)
  • In-Home Support Services (IHSS) 

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