Millions of local tax monies earmarked for Intellectually Developmentally Disabled residents How to access the funding & other Meeting Updates

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Local Mill Levy Funds Millions $$$! Opportunity for Unmet Needs of County Residents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Where does your local mill levy go?

      Many Colorado Counties have a property tax dedicated to the Intellectual and Developmental needs of their residents (aka Mill Levy). Make sure you ask your county commissioners/city council officials about this opportunity. And ask the board of your community centered board.
    I support the County/City who collect the millions,  to manage it. Currently, nearly all of it goes to one contract with the local case management agency/Community Centered board (CCB). Many people with IDD do not use a community centered board at all. And with Conflict Free Case Management coming, people need direct access to funds not thru a CCB.
      There is no requirement to be on medicaid, or a waiver. There is flexibility in its use (think summer programming, waitlisted individuals needing additional supports, or items to support living a full life).
     Residency and IDD disability determine the funding. If you run into challenges, contact me. In Denver they collect $17.5 Million annually. In Arapahoe/Douglas counties the total is a bit less. Did you know of this opportunity? Follow up and reach out if you hit roadblocks! If all the money goes to contracts,  suggest ways to get money to fund needs with least amount of overhead.

APS issues? What can YOU DO? You can help Hit the PAUSE button.

1. First off, if you or anyone you know gets APS involved in their lives, tell them to refuse interviews, LAWYER UP and always  have their  attorney present. Those who have gotten counsel have halted the lawless actions of county APS. Those who knew they had "nothing to hide" and cooperated, lost out in the end, with APS gaining emergency and ongoing guardianship. As one local civil rights attorney said: "APS and their actions are LAWLESS!" Contact me if issues getting legal representation.

2. Get involved in active work to PAUSE this APS Trainwreck of Terror.  See options to listen, learn and comment. Telephone call in allows for full anonymity.

3. If you or someone you care about is involved with APS, contact me offline to share the situation. I will keep identities in confidence.

Learn about Adult Protective Services, Remote options!
3 Evening Denver Meetings Announced. 


Participate: After extended concerns  at the February State Board meeting, Colorado Department of Human Services will be hosting the following three evening meetings during the month of March to continue the stakeholder engagement process related to the APS Program and proposed rule revisions to be considered by the State Board of Human Services.  

Come to one or all, in person, on webinar or call in on the phone.

Meeting 1:APS Program Overview Meeting    Thursday, March 8th, 5:30-7:30pm, CDHS, 1575 Sherman Street, Denver Conf Room 4A/B

Call in option:  1-302-202-1110 access code 171769  Link to register for the webinar:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5687295751834330626

Note: For those attending in person, please plan to arrive a few minutes early and bring a photo ID to sign in with the security guard to receive a guest badge. 

• Purpose:  Raise awareness of how the APS system operates, including the legal foundations, protection framework, roles and responsibilities of County Departments of Human Services and the State

• Format:  The APS leadership team will solicit questions, deliver an “APS 101” presentation, and engage in a dynamic question and answer session

• How you can help:  Send any questions you would like to have addressed to mindy.kemp@state.co.us

Meeting 2: APS Rule Packet 17-06-26-02 Review Meeting—Proposed changes related primarily to the addition of due process Tuesday, March 13th, 5:30-7:30pm, CDHS, 1575 Sherman Street, Denver Conf Room 4A/B

Call in option:  1-302-202-1110 access code 171769  Link to register for the webinar:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2560135148858034690

Note: For those attending in person, please plan to arrive a few minutes early and bring a photo ID to sign in with the security guard and receive a guest badge.

• Purpose:  Gather feedback on Draft Rule Packet 17-06-26-02 in advance of the State Board of Human Services second reading planned for April 6th 

• Format:  We will review the portions of the rule packet that feature new language and deletions to existing APS rules, discuss the rationale and request specific feedback on the proposed changes from stakeholders

• How you can help:  Please read the draft rule packet and bring your feedback to the meeting. The most recent version of APS Rule Packet 17-06-26-02. This version is dated 2.21.18. 

Meeting 3: APS Rule Packet 17-06-26-03 Review Meeting —Proposed revisions to APS rules related primarily to the process for CAPS background checks Wednesday, March 28th, 5:30-7:30pm, CDHS, 1575 Sherman Street, Denver Conf Room 4A/B

Call in option:  1-302-202-1110 access code 171769  Link to register for the webinar:    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/216150081276809986

Note: For those attending in person, please plan to arrive a few minutes early and bring a photo ID to sign in with the security guard and receive a guest badge.

• Purpose:  Gather stakeholder feedback on Draft Rule Packet 17-06-26-03 in advance of the State Board initial reading planned for May 4th 

• Format:  We will review the portions of the rule that feature proposed additions of language and deletions, discussing the rationale and requesting specific feedback from stakeholders

• How you can help:  Please read the draft rule packet and bring your feedback to the meeting. The Department is in the process of finalizing this draft rule packet and will post the document in the meeting notice on the CDHS Public Meetings Calendar for this meeting when it is finalized at:  https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs-boards-committees-collaboration