Serving Southwest Colorado's children

and adults with disabilities and

their families since 1985. 


Hannah Zorn

Intake Case Manager



Children's Extensive Support Waiver (CES)

For children (birth to 17) with intensive behavioral or medical needs.

The Children’s Extensive Support (CES) program provides a variety of supports to families with children who have significant behavioral or medical needs.  Potential services available through CES include:

  • Adaptive Therapeutic Recreational Equipment & Fees
  • Assistive Technology
  • Behavioral Services
  • Community Connector Services
  • Home Accessibility Adaptations
  • Homemaker Services
  • Parent Education
  • Personal Care
  • Professional Services (Hippotherapy, Movement Therapy, Massage)
  • Respite
  • Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies
  • Vehicle Modifications
  • Vision

To qualify for this program a child must:

  • Have a developmental delay (birth through 4) or a developmental disability (5-17) as defined by the State of Colorado [link to Rule here] and the Social Security Administration
  • Be living with a natural or adoptive parent
  • Be at risk of institutionalization
  • Demonstrate a behavior or have a medical condition that requires direct human intervention, more intense than a verbal reminder, re-direction or brief observation of medical status, at least once every two hours during the day and on a weekly average of every three hours during the night

A child can be on the waiting list for the CWA Waiver while receiving other Medicaid programs.  The state's Children's Waiver Chart gives additional details.

Family Support Services Program (FSSP)
For families living with a child (any age) with a developmental disability. 

Providing funding for families to support the extra expenses experienced when caring for individuals with developmental disabilities, Family Services monies can be applied for:

  • Respite care for the family member with a disability

  • Professional services for an individual with a disability

  • Medical services not covered by public or private insurance 

  • Transportation and other costs associated with accessing medical or professional services

  • Assistive Technology

  • Home modification

  • Parent and sibling support

Supporting families as primary caregivers of individuals with disabilities, our FSSP goals are to:

  • Reduce, delay or prevent out-of-home placements which are unwanted by the person or family, and support, as appropriate, returning the person to the home and support.

  • Reduce the added stress on families as a result of supporting a family member with a developmental disability in the home.

  • Provide flexible and responsive services and supports which are easily accessible and chosen by families who provide care. 

  • Promote family choice and local decision-making.

  • Encourage and support community participation for persons with developmental disabilities.

Services may be provided on an ongoing or emergency basis.  Children under 5 may be eligible if they have a documented developmental delay as evidenced by having an Individualized Family Support Plan (0-3) or Individualized Education Plan (3-4).  Individuals aged 5 and above must meet the eligibility criteria for developmental disabilities.  

Early Intervention

Daven's story of Early Intervention paving the way to  success for Daven and his family!

​​​​Early Intervention Program
For parents and babies (birth to 3) with a developmental delay or disability.

Helping families support and promote a child’s development within family activities and community life, our Early Intervention program connects families with services, such as occupational, speech or physical therapy, helping infants and toddlers grow and develop, and helping their families care for them. This is a voluntary program, and does not discriminate based on race, culture, religion, income level, or disability.

Steps to apply for Early Intervention
State and Federal EI Contacts
Montelores LENA Home Provider Program
IDEA Program
Local Resources for Families
EI Glossary 

Children's Home & Community Based Services Waiver (HCBS)

For children (birth to 17) at risk of being placed in a nursing facility or hospital.

The Children’s HCBS Waiver provides Medicaid coverage for
 children with disabilities.  To qualify the child must:

A child cannot be on the waiting list for Children’s HCBS while receiving Medicaid through the Buy-In Program or other means.  The state's Children's Waiver Chart gives additional details.

Program Information

Community Connections is the only organization providing intellectual and developmental disability Early Intervention and Family Support services in Southwest Colorado (Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties). 

For information about the Early Intervention and Family Support Services Programs, Children's HCBS and CES Waivers, please contact Hannah Zorn at 970-335-2071 or

Children's & Family Services