If the student has a developmental disability, there are several commonly used services and benefits that a family may want to look into, including but not limited to:
- SSI (Supplemental Security Income) is a disability benefit available through the Social Security Administration (SSA, 1-800-772-1213 or www.ssa.gov). SSI eligibility is based on two main factors: 1) whether a person has a significant disability that impacts their ability to work, and 2) whether a person meets the financial eligibility requirements. SSI provides a monthly benefit check to help meet daily living expenses.
- Medicaid is a program administered by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (HCPF) that pays for health insurance for some Coloradans who cannot afford it. A person must apply for Medicaid benefits through the local Department of Social/Human Services, even if they are SSI eligible. For the locations and telephone numbers of local sites, visit www.chcpf.state.co.us.
- EPSDT (Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment) provides additional Medicaid benefits to children, ages birth to 21. These services are accessed through the primary care physician. For more information, call 1-800-688-7777 or log on to www.chcpf.state.co.us.