Long-Term Services and Supports Programs

Common Pitfalls

Thinking your disability means you cannot live in the community

Many people with disabilities live in their own places in the community with the right supports and services. If you live in an institution, such as a nursing home, or just got out of the hospital and you are worried about living in the community, there may be supports to help. People who live in the community have more freedom, are happier, and can make more money by working.

If you have a disability and qualify for Health First Colorado (Medicaid), you may be able to sign up for waivers that will give you Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS). These help you with things like transition services, housing supports, day programs, non-medical transportation, personal attendant care, and more. These services, combined with support from a Social Worker or Case Manager, can help you live in the community.

Thinking you lose your benefits if you move out of a long-term care facility

If you are in a long-term care facility and get Health First Colorado (Medicaid) benefits, you can still get them if you move into the community. Health First Colorado (Medicaid) will even help you arrange your move through Transition Services. And, you may get more benefits through waiver programs, which provide Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) depending on your type of disability. Waivers and LTSS make it easier to keep living in the community and get your needs met.

If you are a veteran and get your medical benefits through the VA Western Colorado Health Care System or the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, you qualify for programs that provide community-based care and adult day health care.

If you have any questions about how you can get the services you need after moving out of a long-term care facility, talk to your Case Manager or to the social worker at your facility.

Thinking there are no resources that can help you find and keep a job

Finding a job can be hard, especially if you’re trying to do it by yourself. Fortunately, there are excellent resources that can help you find a job that’s right for you and give you advice and coaching to help you keep your job.

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is an excellent place to start. DVR can help with your job search and with the application and interview process. DVR also supports on-the-job coaching and help with reasonable accommodations, assistive technology, and much more.

Colorado Workforce Centers give free services to job-seekers including computer and internet access, career counseling and training, and lists of jobs that are hiring. Find a Workforce Center near you.

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