Keeping Families Together

(Feb. 4) – The House voted unanimously today to fix a gap in state assistance to young Coloradans with developmental disabilities.

HB15-1023, sponsored by Rep. Susan Lontine, D-Denver, expands the age range for young Coloradans with developmental disabilities served by day treatment centers, which provide specialized, non-residential education and care. The bill raises the maximum age for participation in state-assisted daytime treatment programs from 18 to 21.

Under current law, state assistance is available through the age of 21 for those who are referred to a day treatment center by court order, but only through age 18 for children cared for by their families at home.

“To continue to receive these benefits to the age of 21 would require the child living at home to be removed from his or her family,” Rep. Lontine said after the 65-0 vote to pass her first bill. “My bill will keep families together.”

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