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UPDATE New IC Option, New PASA Application, Candidate Forums, PLUS

posted Aug 24, 2012, 1:18 PM by Dicia Kemp
Rocky Mountain Human Services (RMHS), formally known as Denver Options, is now accepting applications from all IC's that want to continue working as an IC. Individuals and families may not have to change CCBs to access their previous DP ICs through this new option at RMHS.

ICs will likely continue to earn the same amount of money as before, perhaps even more because RMHS currently only takes 1% to do billing, whereas DP takes/took 4%. The RMHS percent is expected to increase later this year to 3%. This is also an option for ICs who may have decided to pursue becoming or being employed by another PASA, but would like to go back to simply being an IC.

For more information please contact Karen Drake, RMHS at (303) 636-5600.

*This announcement was shared by a parent wanted to make sure both ICs and individuals/families knew of this option.


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Two upcoming disability focused legislative forums offer indidividuals the opportunity to address system and rule issues with Legislators and Candidates. Consider taking time to attend either or both!

Aurora Major Party Candidate Forum*

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 -- 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Tin Cup Banquet Room, Aurora Hills Golf Course

50 South Peoria, Aurora 80012


This forum will be focused on issues that impact the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Candidates have been advised that questions from the audience may include the most recent issue with Developmental Pathways and Colorado's conflicting laws and rules for Independant Contractors.

Candidate RSVPs include Senate District 26

Senator Linda Newell, Senate District 28 Candidate Representative

Nancy Todd, Senate District 29 Senator Morgan Carroll, House

District 36 Representative Su Ryden and Candidate Jim

Parker, House District 40 Representative Cindy Acree and

Candidate John Buckner, House District 41 Candidate Jovan Melton, and House District 42 Representative Rhonda Fields.

*This event is being sponsored by The Arc of Aurora with co-sponsor support from Parent to Parent, Parents of Disabled Children in CO (PADCO), Colorado Cross Disability Coalition (CCDC) and with interest support by some members of the Collaborative Against Crime Victimization of People with Disabilities that includes SungateKids Children's Advocacy Center; Aurora Police Department, including the Victim Services' Unit; arc Thrift Stores; Aurora Mental Health Center; Gateway Battered Women's Services; Aurora South Hospital SANE Nurse Program.

The Arc of Arapahoe & Douglas and Developmental Pathways

To Jointly Host Candidate Forum*

August 22, 2012 - Denver, Colorado

The Arc of Arapahoe & Douglas and Developmental Pathways announces a jointly hosted candidate forum on October 4th. The Forum will be held at the Wildlife Experience located at 10035 South Peoria, Parker, CO 80134. The public is welcome to attend and hear from candidates for the Legislature and local elected offices address questions from the Developmental Disabled community. Watch for more information from The Arc of Arapahoe Douglas and/or Developmental Pathways.

* This announcement was received via a press release.


August 15, 2012

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DDD's memo to stakeholders regarding new application for Program Approval, which is also posted on the Division for Developmental Disabilities (DDD) Program Approval web page.

* This update was shared by an IC who wanted to make sure others knew of this change.


September 1st is less than two weeks away. We are wondering what is the status of services that were disrupted by the proposed change in the use of ICs for CES and SLS? If you have time, please send me (Darla) an email ( and let me know of you status: Services secured with a PASA, An RFP was sent still waiting, I am moving to another CCB, etc. Thanks!


Several Independent Contractors who have applied to become a PASA are reaching out to help others who are, too, hoping to or have begun to take that step.

*The Arc of Aurora provides this offer of help as an FYI and cannot speak to the quality of assistance.

Vrnda Noel

Vrnda is an Independent Contractor. She is working with several other ICs who are, although, seeking to start individual PASAs are sharing resources and professional services. For more information please email

Dragonfly Connection, LLC

Dragonfly Connection, LLC was created by an Independent Contractor and another Human Services professional. They are applying for their own PASA and Home Health License, but are also willing to offer classes and support on PASA 101, Forms, etc. For more information please email or call 303-741-4791 and leave a voicemail.

Frank Taylor

Frank would like to work with families and otherers interested in a new Christian ,family and parent centered PASA. His primary experience is working with people who have Down syndrome. He has a M-Div.from Denver Seminary (though he is not ordained). For more information please call Frank Taylor 303-204-9958.