Understanding the QRTP Process in Colorado

Children and youth who can’t grow up safely at home should grow up in the least restrictive setting. Sometimes, these kids need more than a kinship or foster family. They need services and treatment at a facility for a limited time to achieve stability before transitioning to a family-like setting or return home.

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QRTP Rules & Regulations

Family First creates a new facility license type called a Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP).

Rules governing QRTPS are still pending, so guidance available now may be revised in the future. Email pauline.hoekstra@state.co.us with questions about licensing.

Current Regulations
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Working with the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

CDHS is working in partnership with the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) to determine how Medicaid funds can be used for QRTPs. This issue is frequently referred to as "the IMD issue."

Upon resolution of this issue, the application process may be revised to add in HCPF-related components. If and when this happens, CDHS will provide communication and technical assistance to providers around these changes.