If the person you are referring to Colorado Bluesky is under the age of three, please visit our Early Intervention page to learn more about getting started.
In order to qualify for Colorado Bluesky programs, an individual must first be determined to have a developmental delay or developmental disability. This determination is made by Colorado Bluesky during the intake and eligibility process.
Before the age of five, and individual can have a determination of a developmental delay, meaning that a child meets one or more of the following:
After the age of 5, a person must have a determination of a disability.
An intellectual disability is a disability that starts before the person reaches the age of 22 that affects their ability to complete daily tasks, their decision making and problem solving ability, and stems from a diagnosis or neurological condition. Examples of these conditions are cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or other neurological conditions that result in impairment of intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior.
The Colorado Rules effective 8/30/2019 (10 CCR 2505-10 Section 8.600) define Developmental Disability as a disability that:
A. Is manifested before the person reaches twenty-two (22) years of age;
B. Constitutes a substantial disability to the affected individual, as demonstrated by the criteria below at C.1 and/or C.2; and
C. Is attributable to an intellectual and developmental disability or related conditions, which include Prader-Willi syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or other neurological conditions, when such conditions result in either impairment of general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior similar to that of a person with an intellectual and developmental disability.
In order to access a medicaid funded waiver, and individual must become eligible to long term care medicaid.
Medicaid waivers include:
The individual seeking services must enroll in and be approved for Medicaid.
The individual seeking services must meet the federal Social Security Administration’s definition of an individual with a disability (more information on the SSA’s definition of disability is available here), and they are encouraged to apply for social security benefits.