Starpoint is a Colorado nonprofit organization, established in 1977, that works to create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to participate fully in their community. Starpoint is the designated Community Centered Board for Fremont, Chaffee, and Custer Counties serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and providing support to their families.
Starpoint is a Single Entry Point into local, state, and federally funded services and supports for children and adults with developmental delays or disabilities in Fremont, Chaffee, and Custer Counties. Starpoint is one of the largest nonprofits in the region and employs 200 plus staff, many of whom live and recreate in these communities, thus contributing to the economy of our local communities. Starpoint has not only served children, adults, and families but has also helped them be included in community life and helped our communities welcome them. Many youth and adults have gained employment in our service areas through the services and support of Starpoint. Many family members are able to work and live with more ease due to Starpoint.
Starpoint has a voluntary Board of Directors comprised of leaders in the Starpoint communities’ service areas. There are currently 13 Board members. Over half of the board members have a family member with intellectual or developmental disabilities. These family members and others are community leaders in our local areas. The Board hires the Executive Director who provides leadership and management of the organization.
Starpoint’s revenue sources include Medicaid, State and local funds, donations, and grants.
Everyone! Starpoint has a vast array of services that cover support for pregnant mothers, children, families, elderly community members and individuals with cognitive and physical support needs. We pride ourselves in also being able to support individuals to find resources within our community if our agency does not provide them directly. Starpoint currently serves over 1,200 individuals in our communities and provides referrals and resources to hundreds more.
Colorado’s criteria for a development delay include a child under the age of five who has a significant delay in one or more areas of development, is at risk for developmental delays due to a neurological condition, or lives with a parent who has a developmental disability.
A developmental disability occurs prior to 22 years of age, constitutes a substantial disability to the individual, and is attributable to a neurological condition when such conditions result in either an impairment of general intellectual functioning or an impairment of adaptive behavior similar to a person with an intellectual disability.
Starpoint provides a wide array of services funded through Medicaid Waiver and state and local funding. The basic types of services include but are not limited to the following:
- Service coordination and early intervention services for infants and toddlers
- In-home services and supports
- Day habilitation, vocational services, job coaching, and employment
- Community connections support
- Residential services including apartment living, host homes, and group homes
- Family caregiver services and supports
- Case management and resource coordination services
- and many more!
Lack of funding and provider capacity in rural areas is the primary reason for waiting lists or waiting times for services. For HCBS-DD Waiver services, which includes residential services, the waiting list in the Starpoint service area is up to 6 years as the funding appropriated by the state legislature falls short of the number of people in need of such services. The legislature has appropriated funds for children eligible for the Children’s Extensive Support Waiver and also for adults eligible for the Supported Living Services Waiver, eliminating waiting lists for those services.
Starpoint maintains development, fundraising, advocacy, and administrative costs of less than 9%, demonstrating our strong commitment to focusing our resources on serving those in our community who need it the most.
Starpoint provides case management and care planning and makes referrals to other resources for Colorado’s Medicaid Program members with the following qualifying needs:
- Elderly, blind, or disabled
- Persons living with HIV/AIDS
- Mental health issues
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Children with a life-limiting illness
- Medically fragile children