Friday, April 13, 2012

Where to Start-Colorado


Early Intervention Colorado is Colorado's Infant and Toddler Initiative under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Early Intervention Colorado is an interagency initiative. The Lead Agency for implementation is the Colorado Department of Human

4055 S. Lowell Blvd.
Denver, CO 80236
Main: 303-866-7263
Toll Free: 888-777-4041
Fax: 303-866-7680
Administrative Assistant
Robin Mendoza
Phone: 303-866-7263
This position is the first point of contact for the Early Intervention Colorado office and is responsible for the Early Intervention Colorado Provider Database, general information, questions and referrals in addition to being staff for the Colorado Interagency Coordinating Council (CICC).

Community Coordinator
Lenita Hartman
Phone: 303-866-7262
This position is responsible for direct on-going support and technical assistance to twenty CCB Early Intervention programs in all areas regarding early intervention service provision, inclusive practices, child welfare initiatives, child outcomes, autism guidelines, and child identification and transition. The Community Coordinator also acts as the agency’s complaint officer regarding procedural safeguards including informal and formal dispute resolution processes.

Program Manager
Ardith Ferguson
Phone: 303-866-7657
This position is responsible for the management of the statewide early intervention program; implementing federal and state rules and regulations; budget management; interagency agreements with state agencies to ensure a coordinated, collaborative system; development of the federal Part C application including policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal requirements and fiscal accountability; and supervision of Early Intervention Colorado state staff.

Program Quality and Data Coordinator
Christy Scott
Phone: 303-866-7270
This position is responsible for conducting desk audits, data review, onsite data verification and/or focused monitoring visits for 20 Community Centered Board (CCB) Early Intervention programs to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations; manages the statewide data collection system for early intervention; oversees the data collection for Child Outcomes; oversees the implementation of the Coordinated System of Payment, including the State Insurance Trust Fund; monitors fiscal utilization for CCB early intervention expenditures and is responsible for reporting annual compliance, performance and child count data to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

Public Awareness & Plan of Correction Coordinator
Stacey Kennedy
Phone: 303-866-7250
This position is responsible for child identification and referral actiivities; tracks the timely correction of noncompliance for twenty Community Centered Board (CCB) Early Intervention programs, generates reports that inform statewide monitoring and strategic planning; statewide public awareness activities for EI Colorado, including website management and material development; parent involvement and leadership initiatives; care coordination initiatives with primary care practices; implementation of the Level III NICU guidelines; and the EI Colorado Family Outcomes (Indicator 4) survey process.

Training and Personnel Development Coordinator
Laura Merrill
Phone: 303-866-7473
This position develops and implements the coordinated system of personnel development for EI Colorado, including the training required for early intervention service coordinators to meet qualified personnel standards and development of training and technical assistance for early intervention personnel and community partners. Assures requirements for early intervention personnel standards are met through development of standards for qualified personnel and activities for recruitment and retention.
Partnering with individuals and families to reduce the impact of disability or health challenges to enhance quality of life.
If you have comments, questions and concerns, or would like more information on Easter Seals Colorado services, please contact us by filling out the form below.
Your e-mail will be answered within two to three business days.
You can also reach Easter Seals Colorado at:  
      Steve Vestal Center      303.233.1666 (voice)
      303.232.5685 (tty)
      303.233.1028 (fax)
      Rocky Mountain Village
      303.569.2333 (voice)
      303.569.3857 (fax)


Coloradans who need long term care services; including personal care or homemaker services, nonemergency medical transportation, home access modifications, electronic monitoring, assisted living (Alternative Care Facility), adult day programs, and respite care should contact their Colorado Medicaid Single Entry Point (SEP) agency. These agencies determine functional eligibility for community-based long-term care programs, provide care planning and case management for clients in these programs, and make referrals to other resources. SEP agencies serve clients by county of residence.'S_HCBS_WAIVER

To find the SEP agency in your area, click the link to find the support in your county.

TEFRA: (Tax, Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982)

Under the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA), states may provide Medicaid coverage to children with severe disabilities, disregarding their family income, if these children require care at an institutional (hospital, nursing home or intermediate care facility) level.
When a child receives extended care in an institutional setting, family income is disregarded as a qualification for Medicaid. The TEFRA State Plan Option makes it possible to do the same for a family whose child requires care at the level provided in an institution, but who choose to care for their child at home. Currently, 18 states and the District of Columbia have chosen to implement the TEFRA State Plan Option. Because states vary widely in the availability of institutional care for children and the clinical criteria for admitting children to these institutions, the numbers of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) who receive Medicaid benefits under this option also varies widely from state to state.

Please check with your state office to see if TEFRA is offered in your state.

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  • Physicians and health care providers: to consult with a specialist or refer a patient to UCH, call the Physician Access Center at (720) 848-2828 or toll-free at (877) 422-3648

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    The mission of Mile High Down Syndrome Association is to assure inclusion and enhance independence of children with Down Syndrome.  The achieve this by providing education, resources and support in partnership with individuals, families, professionals and the community.

    Call MHDSA at 303-797-1699 for more information.
    Write to: 
    3515 South Tamarac Drive,
    Suite 320
    Denver, CO 80237

    Providing support and encouragement to families of children with Down syndrome…that is our primary mission here at the Colorado Springs Down syndrome Association (CSDSA)!
    PO Box 2364
    Colorado Springs, CO 80901

    Known for her playful spirit, Phyllis Maria Mitra was a wonderful and loving mother of 5 children and 6 grandchildren. She was extremely generous with all of her children and grandchildren. She had a heart of gold and and tried to help everyone who needed it. She passed away suddenly in 2008 and in an effort to keep her memory alive, we have fashioned this foundation in her name.

    The Phyllis Phund
    C/O Gina Weeks
    P.O. Box 3447
    Breckenridge, CO 80424


    Their mission is to significantly improve the lives of all people with Down syndrome and to eradicate the medical and cognitive ill effects associated with Down syndrome.


    The Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children's Hospital Colorado was established thanks to a generous gift from the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation. Our clinic officially opened its doors in November 2010 as part of the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

    Children's Hospital Colorado • Anschutz Medical Campus • 13123 East 16th Ave. • Aurora, CO 80045 • (720) 777-1234

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