September 2022

Community First Choice Newsletter
Hello and welcome to the Community First Choice (CFC) Newsletter - a newsletter with timely content on important updates and information related to the CFC 1915(k) Option in Colorado for CFC stakeholders.

September Meeting Announcement

Community First Choice (CFC) Council Meeting

The CFC Council collaborates with and advises the Department on the design and implementation of a CFC option in Colorado. The CFC Council consists primarily of individuals with disabilities, those 65 years or older and their representatives to helpensure CFC is implemented in a way that best meets the needs of Coloradans with disabilities. All interested stakeholders are welcome.

CFC Council meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., through May 2023. These meetings are open to the public.

The meeting will be held:

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. MT

Meeting Focus: Provider Qualifications

Join via Google Meet

Join via Phone:

1-260-230-1249, PIN: 719 313 221#


CFC Listening Sessions

Purpose: CFC Listening Sessions are informal opportunities for stakeholders to learn more about CFC by asking questions, sharing experiences and talking with Department staff. No new policy or technical processes will be announced during these listening sessions; however, these are great opportunities to speak with the Department about questions or ideas you have around CFC. Any new information discussed during listening sessions will be discussed in the CFC Council meeting and published on the CFC Stakeholder Opportunities webpage.

All interested stakeholders and the public are welcome to attend.

CFC Listening Sessions will be on the second Wednesday of each month.

The meeting will be held:

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022

1:30–2:30 p.m. MT

Join Via Google Meet

Join via Phone:

1-513-464-9325, PIN: 949 690 025#

Meeting information will be posted on the Community First Choice Stakeholder Opportunities webpage.

For more information or if you would like to receive a calendar invitation for these ongoing meetings, please email the CFC team at [email protected].

Prior Meeting Materials

If you were not able to make last month’s meetings, we recommend you review last month’s meeting materials listed below:

Aug. 3, 2022

Reasonable accommodations for the meetings will be provided upon request for persons with disabilities. Auxiliary aids and services for individuals with disabilities and language services for individuals whose first language is not English may be provided upon request. Please contact John Barry at [email protected] or the Department's 504/ADA Coordinator at [email protected] at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting to make arrangements.

CFC Council Meeting Topics for 2022-2023
Belowoutlines the CFC Council meeting schedule for 2022-2023 with topics that are intended to be discussed for those specific meeting dates. CFC Council meeting topics are subject to change and are intended to give a general idea of what to expect to be discussed at specific meetings.

2022 Meetings

May 4, 2022

CFC Overview

Council Orientation


June 1, 2022

Introduce Service Delivery Model

Introduce Proposed Service Package


July 6, 2022 

Proposed Service Package

Aug. 3, 2022



Sept. 7, 2022

Provider Qualifications


Oct. 5, 2022

CFC Member Eligibility


Nov. 2, 2022

Data Collection

Quality Assurance


Dec. 7, 2022

Transitions for Medicaid Members to CFC

2023 Meetings

Jan. 4, 2023
Review State Plan Amendment Draft
Feb. 1, 2023
Review State Plan Amendment Draft
March 1, 2023
To Be Determined
April 5, 2023
To Be Determined

CFC Draft Timeline

CFC is a complex program to implement and to assist stakeholders with understanding the different factors that impact CFC, the Department has released a CFC Draft Timeline (see also the text only versions available in both English and Spanish).

CFC Volunteer Opportunities

The Department is interested in working together with CFC stakeholders to improve community partnerships and diversify stakeholder input by building community resources by and for CFC stakeholders.

The Department is primarily interested in coordinating initiatives that involve or help with:

  • Building community resources to raise awareness around CFC

  • Engaging new stakeholders and those who do not traditionally participate in Department stakeholder opportunities

  • Improving the equity, diversity, and inclusion of stakeholder engagement opportunities

  • Improving CFC stakeholder satisfaction, knowledge or ability to participate with CFC Council meetings

  • Improving Department communications

Current Projects – As of August 2022

  • Non-Native English Speaker (NNES) Community Engagement

  • CFC Community Outreach

  • CFC Communication Toolkit

  • CFC Parent Outreach

  • CFC Stakeholder Engagement & Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Initiative

  • CFC Stakeholder Ideas

Read the CFC Volunteer Overview for more details about this role and current opportunities.

How to get involved

Contact Jordan Larson, the CFC volunteer coordinator, by emailing [email protected] or by phone at 303-866-3580 to communicate your interest, ideas, or if you have questions about volunteer opportunities.

Questions or Feedback?

If you have any feedback or questions for the CFC team prior to the meeting, please complete the CFC Feedback Form. If you have limited access to the internet, call Jordan Larson at 303-866-3580 for assistance.


Email more extensive feedback or questions to [email protected].

CFC Resources

Information about CFC and stakeholder opportunities is on the CFC Webpage

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