Waiver Support Services

All Ages

What is a Medicaid Waiver Program and How Can It Help

A waiver is an extra set of Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) benefits for individuals who meet specific criteria and would benefit from additional supports.

These programs include services like respite for caregivers, support with areas of daily living, day programming, community connection, and supported employment, all with the intention of providing individuals with supports in their communities rather than in institutional settings.

The programs listed below are the current Medicaid Waivers in Colorado, which support individuals with I/DD to live their most independent and integrated lives.


Children Extensive Supports Medicaid Waiver (CES)

Ages 3 – 18 yrs.

Specifically for children demonstrating a medical or behavioral condition where constant line-of-sight supervision is regularly needed to keep the child and others safe. There is no State waitlist for this program.


Children’s Habilitation Residential Program Medicaid Waiver (CHRP)

Ages 3 – 21 yrs.

Specifically for children and young adults who need or are at risk of out-of-home placement. There is no State waitlist for this program.


Developmental Disabilities Medicaid Waiver (DD)

Age 18 & Up

Provides residential services, day program services, behavioral services, transportation services, and employment services for those in need of 24/7 care.


Supported Living Services Medicaid Waiver (SLS)

Age 18 & Up

Provides a variety of services and supports for adults living in their own homes or with family in the community. There is no State waitlist for this program.

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