Thursday, November 15, 2018

Conflict Free Case Management Community Impact Survey

In 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a final rule requiring the separation of case management from service delivery functions to mitigate conflict of interest for services provided under Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers.

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is releasing a survey to solicit feedback regarding the transition to Conflict Free Case Management (CFCM) for services provided through HCBS waivers. The purpose of the survey is to help identify gaps, challenges, and best practices related to the transition to CFCM.

The Department will use findings from this survey to inform stakeholders of the current statewide CFCM landscape; to identify where additional resources may be needed; and for the provision of future training activities and technical assistance. The total anticipated completion time for the survey is about 30 minutes.

Those completing the survey should only complete the survey designed for the population he or she represents. The provider survey is for those agencies providing HCBS case management or HCBS direct services. The stakeholder survey is for individuals, families, guardians, advocates, or other interested parties. The survey will be available through December 6, 2018.

The Department will share and discuss the results during stakeholder engagement meetings in January 2019.

Provider Survey - Click here 

Stakeholder Survey - Click here 

Should you have any questions or requests for clarification regarding this survey, please email CFCMSurvey@navigant.com.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Imagine! Go-Tober 2018 Final Results


Congratulations to Imagine! employees for their outstanding Go-Tober participation!

We took 2nd place in the Suburban Superheroes Network this year, and we have a whole lot to be proud of.

 Check out these Imagine! statistics:

  • 161 Imagine! employees participated
  • We logged a total of 33,799.2 non SOV commuter miles, reducing CO2 emissions by 9.2 tons
  • Employees burned a combined 127,805.319 calories with their walking, biking, running, and rollerblading commutes 
  • Employees saved a combined $10,443.22 in alternate commutes
Even though Imagine! did not win the competition, there are several employees that our HR Department has deemed worthy of recognition for their creative and fun Go-Tober efforts:

Most hipster: Erika Skewes – Rode her longboard.
Most enthusiastic: Ally Joel – Committed to alternative commuting every day and logged 44 trips, including a rollerblading commute and several walks in from Boulder.
Most committed: Phil Robinson always rides his bike to work, regardless of weather.
Most consistent: Kate Bergeron - finds an alternative way to get to work every day. From biking, taking the bus, or finding a friend to carpool with, she always finds a way!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Thank You For Voting!

Dear Imagine! Voices friends: we made several posts the last couple of weeks about our participation in the Plante Moran Gives Charity Contest, asking you to vote for us. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to round three, but we would be remiss if we didn’t share a huge THANK YOU for voting, for sharing with friends and colleagues, and for doing your part to help create a world of opportunity for all abilities. Imagine! is a community-based organization, and we can’t survive without that support. Fortunately, our community is absolutely amazing in its support, and we are sincerely grateful.

 “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” 
- Gilbert K. Chesterton


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Imagine! Job Fair/Open House Monday in Longmont

Imagine! is hosting a Job Fair and Open House this coming Monday at our Charles Family SmartHome in Longmont.

Are you looking for a job where you can teach, encourage, and support people with intellectual disabilities to live rewarding lives? Then consider Imagine!.

If you can’t make it on Monday, but still want a career where you can make a difference, visit https://imaginecolorado.org/jobs


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Imagine! Case Management Unsung Heroes


Today we’d like to highlight some members of our Case Management team: Erica Berridge, Susan Burd, Andy Wagner, Deanna Reynolds, and Heidi Lindeman.

These individuals have gone above and beyond their typical day to day tasks. They volunteered to be a part of the Case Management retreat planning process, which was quite a lengthy process and took many of these folks outside of their comfort zone. On top of their typical tasks, they each took on different projects, such as finding a location, planning/running the activities, locating needed items, and finding a speaker to make this retreat a fun event for all. Each of these individuals joined the team knowing they would take on tasks they had never previously done, and knowing they would be taking on tasks that would stretch their comfort zone level. As a team they brainstormed, collaborated, and planned this whole event which was an overwhelming success! Thanks to the retreat planning team for a job well done and for coming up with such an informational and fun day for all of us! Thank you all for your hard work and efforts.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Change for the Better


Coraly and Jose are from Puerto Rico and lived there most of their lives. They welcomed their beautiful daughter, Sofia, into the world and discovered she has Down syndrome. After researching education and public services for children with developmental disabilities in Puerto Rico, they were concerned for Sofia’s quality of life and decided to move.

When Sofia was one and a half years old, they officially made a transition to the mainland US. Jose is a dentist and had to close down his office in Puerto Rico and start new in the U.S. “It was a lot of pressure to start over and still provide for my family,” said Jose. “but I can’t imagine not moving here, it was the right decision for our family.”

They elected to live in Colorado as it felt safe and has a quality educational system. They found a home in Longmont and Jose continued his dentistry career in Boulder. One of Jose’s patients told him about Imagine! and the services it offers to individuals with developmental disabilities. Coraly and Jose called Imagine! right away and enrolled Sofia in Dayspring services.

Imagine!’s Dayspring offers a variety of interventions for babies and toddlers to help them excel at an early age. “Early intervention is crucial,” said Jose. “That’s why we decided as soon as she was born to make a change.” She received physical, speech, and occupational therapies at home, as well as attended the Community Calendar Activities on a weekly basis to improve her social skills. “It was great,” said Coraly. “Her motor skills, speech, and feeding improved greatly and we became good friends with her therapist.” 

“You can tell when someone is doing something for the paycheck and when it’s because they love what they’re doing. That was impressive to me, seeing the Dayspring therapists work with my daughter because they love what they’re doing,” said Jose.

Fast forward to three years later, Sofia attends two schools, socializes well with her peers and teachers, and is trilingual in English, Spanish, and ASL. Sofia is a big sister to her six month old brother. “She’s a good sister,” said Coraly. “She loves him and wants to help.”

“From the day we moved here to now, it’s incredible to see the change in how she talks, walks, and communicates with others,” said Coraly. “We’re blessed and happy to have known all these people at Imagine!.”



With Your Help, Imagine! Can Win $15,000!

Imagine! made it to the 2nd round in the Plante Moran Gives Charity Contest - thanks to YOU! 

Now we need your help again. Vote every day from today through November 7, to keep us in the TOP TEN, so we can qualify for the final round.

Click here to vote now.

Please share this and encourage your friends and followers to vote for us as well. Thanks for your help!



Thursday, November 1, 2018

Imagine! Hosting Job Fair and Open House

Imagine! is hosting a Job Fair and Open House this Friday at our Foothills Group Home.

Are you looking for a job where you can teach, encourage, and support people with intellectual disabilities to live rewarding lives? Then consider Imagine!.

If you can’t make it on Friday, but still want a career where you can make a difference, visit https://imaginecolorado.org/jobs