In the spring, nature starts sending up signs of life as plants start to sprout. Where there was seemingly nothing going on over the winter, now suddenly a garden is starting to take shape. This yearPhoto of Patricia Yeager, CEO a number of initiatives are starting to take on a life of their own!

  1. Spouses of people with disabilities can now be hired by home health agencies of choice to provide Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). HCBS Services are available to Medicaid waiver clients to allow daily living services to be provided in the home. In the past, one could use Consumer Directed Services (CDASS) and get paid directly. However, spouses could not provide the care. Now they can! This is because regulations within a state bill passed in 2014 have now become final. We are hiring spouses who prefer the perks of employment: paid healthcare, vacation, retirement benefits, and access to respite services as needed.
  2. Local health care taking a step toward accessibility. Did you know El Paso County Health Department runs a Reproductive Health Clinic that is accessible to people with disabilities? Clinical Services include health and cancer screenings for women, including Pap tests, pelvic and breast exams, pregnancy tests, counseling, and birth control including Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC). Additionally they offer education, exams, and treatment for sexually transmitted illnesses (STIs/STDs). Same-day appointments are often available. Download the flyer with more information here. Please call them at (719) 578-3199 to find out more.
  3. The IC is getting the Veteran in Charge Home and Community Based Services Program off the ground. After a year of planning and submitting documents, The IC was approved by the VA to provide case management and coordination services for the veterans’ version of Home and Community Based Services that helps keep vets with disabilities in the community. We have one consumer now and are taking it slow until we learn the administrative ropes but soon you will be hearing much more about this program for vets.
  4. ASL Interpreters for health care appointments are available to deaf individuals enrolled in Community Care program. Deaf individuals who have Medicaid and Medicare and are enrolled in Colorado’s Community Care program can ask their doctor’s office to request an interpreter for their healthcare appointment through the service center. To confirm if an interpreter has been ordered, call the service center at (719) 314-2560. Now deaf individuals don’t have to go to the health care provider alone! Download the flyer with more information here.