The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) are requesting $747,573 from the Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to fund a three-year expansion of the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) known as Adult Resources for Care and Help (ARCH) in Colorado. The Colorado ARCH utilizes the resources and knowledge base of existing agencies including: the Single Entry Point (SEPs) Agencies, the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), Centers for Independent Living (CILs), and Colorado 2-1-1.
The goal of Colorado ARCH is to improve access to information and assistance for long-term care services for aging and disabled adults in Colorado. Colorado ARCH will coordinate with agencies to streamline access for both publicly and privately funded services. The objectives are: 1) expand and sustain a management information system (MIS); 2) enhance and expand the integration of evidence-based programs and education of hospital discharge planners; 3) expand Colorado ARCH Pilot sites to Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Pitkin, Summit, Otero and Crowley Counties; 4) blend Denver and Boulder Counties into Colorado ARCH; 5) develop a plan to expand Colorado ARCH statewide; 5) expand Colorado ARCH to an additional three pilot sites; and 6) evaluate the impact of Colorado ARCH. Expected outcomes include: long-term care services, resources, and supports are made known to consumers in Colorado; long-term care services, resources, and supports are easily accessed; Resource Specialists improve the connections and collaboration to these services; and accessing the best fit for services expands the consumer's choice.