(April 27) – The House gave final approval today to a pair of bills by Rep. Dave, Young, D-Greeley, to streamline the provision of services to Coloradans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

HB15-1368, sponsored by Rep. Young, establishes a pilot program to improve services to those who have developmental disabilities as well as mental health or behavioral disorders. A study conducted last year found that people with dual diagnoses have limited access to the treatment they need from the mental health and developmental disabilities systems, which are separate.

HB15-1318, also sponsored by Rep. Young, would consolidate Medicaid waiver programs for home- and community-based services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The bill would replace two waivers with one, reducing paperwork and cutting case management conflicts among various Medicaid providers for a variety of health and support services

“Together, these bills will reduce the bureaucratic tangle that impedes the delivery of services to the most vulnerable Coloradans,” Rep. Young said after HB15-1368 passed on a 62-2 vote and HB15-1318 passed by a vote of 53-11.

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