Tuesday, January 20, 2015

HCPF Seeks Focus Group/Advisory Council Participants

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (HCPF) and the Department of Human Services are working to redesign and improve methods for people to learn about their options for long-term services and supports and to enroll in programs. The first step in this process is to facilitate focus groups through a series of conference calls. The Departments are seeking input from people who currently access long-term services and supports, and those who work with them. As a consumer, caregiver, or frontline staff member, your ideas and experiences are particularly important.

The purpose of this call is to gather information about your personal experiences as a consumer, caregiver, or frontline staff member. State employees will not be on any of the calls. All comments will be shared in summary (i.e. you will not be quoted directly in any way, unless you request it). Each call will be limited to 8-10 participants and will be professionally facilitated by a consultant (not a state employee) to assure that your time is respected. Your input about what works – and particularly, what doesn’t work – about the current system will be invaluable as the state plans for a more coordinated, consumer-friendly system.

Call in times for consumers and caregivers:
  • Monday, February 2nd from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
  • Thursday, February 5th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, February 5th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, February 10th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Call in times for frontline staff members:
  • Tuesday, February 3rd from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
  • Monday, February 9th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. 
  • Thursday, February 12th from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

Participation is based on a first-come, first-served basis. To RSVP or if you have any questions, please contact Aron Snyder at aron.snyder@state.co.us or 303-866-3312. Call-in information will be provided to you after you RSVP. To compensate you for your time, all participants will be given $15 gift cards following the call.

Additionally, HCPF is creating a Member and Family Advisory Council.

The goal of this advisory council is to gather feedback and ideas on how to integrate more person- and family-centered practices into policies, partnerships and programs. The advisory council plans to meet six to eight times in 2015. Mileage reimbursement and incentives for participation are available. To apply, print out the application below and fax to 303-866-2505.

For more information, or to have an application emailed to you, contact Olivia Covey at 303-866-2324 or Olivia.Covey@state.co.us.

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