As the intellectual and developmental service system has evolved from one focused on providing services in large institutions – often far from a person’s home and community – to one based on a flexible dynamic system of supports close to home and community, the liability issues have become more complex. Thankfully, the Colorado legislature has sought to protect the ability of service providers for intellectually and developmentally disabled persons to provide these important and affirming services through enacting, and recently amending, the Civil Liability Statute for Intellectual and Developmental Service Providers, C.R.S. § 13-21-117.5. It is important for such service providers to be aware of their rights and methods to limit their exposure based upon the Statute’s provisions.

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