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Respite Care Task Force Recommendations
(HB 16-1398, 2016)

Status: Signed by Governor

House Sponsor: Dave Young, Lois Landgraf
Senate Sponsor: Beth Martinez Humenik, Pat Steadman

Bill Summary:

The  bill  requires  the  Department  of  Human  Services  to  use  a competitive  request  for  proposal  (RFP)  process  to  select  an  entity  to contract  with  to  implement  recommendations  of  the  Respite  Care  Task Force (HB15-1233).  In  order  to  be  eligible  for  the  contract  to  implement  the recommendations,  the  entity  must  serve  individuals  affected  by  a disability or a chronic condition across the life span by providing and coordinating respite care and must currently have a role with the Colorado Respite Coalition. The selected entity is required to:

  • Ensure  that  a  study  is  conducted  to  demonstrate  the economic impact of respite care and its benefits for those served;
  • Create an up-to-date, online inventory of existing training opportunities  for  providing  respite  care  along  with information on how to become a respite care provider;
  • Develop  a  more  robust  statewide  training  system  for individuals wishing to provide respite care;
  • Ensure  that  a  designated  website  is  available  to  provide comprehensive information about respite care;
  • Develop a centralized community outreach and education program about respite care services;
  • Work  with  the  department  of  health  care  policy  and financing to standardize the full continuum of respite care options across all Medicaid waivers; and
  • Work with the state department, the department of health care  policy  and  financing,  and  the  department  of  public health  and  environment  to  streamline  the  regulatory requirements  for  facility-based,  short-term,  overnight respite care.

The bill creates the respite care fund, consisting of general fund money and gifts, grants, and donations, to implement the RFP process and for the implementation of the recommendations. HB16-1398 will address the many barriers families face when trying to access services, and strengthen Colorado's families and the caregiver resource network that supports these families.

View HB16-1398 here.

Easter Seals Colorado has submitted a RFP, currently in the review process.

Estimated start date: January 1, 2017

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