HB16-1398 - Implement Respite Care Task Force Recommendations

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning The Requirement That The Department Of Human Services Use A Request-For-Proposal Process To Contract With An Entity To Implement Recommendations Of The Respite Care Task Force.

The bill requires the department of human services to use a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process to select an entity to contract with to implement recommendations of the respite care task force. In order to be eligible for the contract to implement the recommendations, the entity must serve individuals affected by a disability or a chronic condition across the life span by providing and coordinating respite care and must currently have a role with the Colorado respite coalition. The selected entity is required to:

  • Ensure that a study is conducted to demonstrate the economic impact of respite care and its benefits for those served;
  • Create an up-to-date, online inventory of existing training opportunities for providing respite care along with information on how to become a respite care provider;
  • Develop a more robust statewide training system for individuals wishing to provide respite care;
  • Ensure that a designated website is available to provide comprehensive information about respite care;
  • Develop a centralized community outreach and education program about respite care services;
  • Work with the department of health care policy and financing to standardize the full continuum of respite care options across all Medicaid waivers; and
  • Work with the state department, the department of health care policy and financing, and the department of public health and environment to streamline the regulatory requirements for facility-based, short-term, overnight respite care.

The bill creates the respite care fund, consisting of general fund money and gifts, grants, and donations, to implement the RFP process and for the implementation of the recommendations.

Latest update: June 10, 2016
06/10/2016 Governor Signed
05/18/2016 Sent to the Governor
05/18/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/17/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/09/2016 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
05/06/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/05/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
05/05/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/05/2016 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/29/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
04/29/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/28/2016 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/27/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/26/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/15/2016 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
03/17/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services