Different agencies, different computer systems and different rules and regulations mark Colorado's long-term services and supports (LTSS) system. Often, it can be confusing and frustrating for the seniors and people with disabilities who must figure how to navigate it.
In 2012, CHI analysts conducted research and key informant interviews to piece together the LTSS Puzzle that is the LTSS system in Colorado. CHI released the Puzzle in November 2012, pulling together a ground-level view with the goal of understanding it at a basic level so work can proceed to make it more efficient and effective. (See the 2012 Aging and Disability Summit LTSS Puzzle handout and presentation.)
In September 2013, CHI released two accompanying publications.
- "The First Step: Fixing Colorado's System of Long-Term Services and Supports" highlights the need to focus on the LTSS system and provides a more thorough look at the way people access LTSS through the entry point and eligibility system.
- "Long-Term Services and Supports in Larimer County, Colorado: A Case Study" takes a deep look at what the system looks like at the county level.
CHI also hosted a full-day learning lab on September 26, 2013 to continue the conversation about accessing LTSS in Colorado and bring in outside expertise to deepen the discussion. Below are the agenda and presentations from the day. A summary will be available soon.
- Colorado's LTSS System: Piecing Together the Puzzle - Tasia Sinn, Research Analyst, CHI and Elizabeth Bloemen, MPH Student, Columbia University
- Long Term Services & Supports: Strategic Vision - Suzanne Brennan, Medicaid Director, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing
- Building Partnerships to Rebalance Long-Term Services and Supports in Maryland - Devon Mayer, Project Director - Money Follows the Person, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene