CMS Final Rule and HCBS

What is Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)?

HCBS was developed to provide eligible persons with disabilities full access to the benefits of community living and offer them long-term services and supports in the most integrated settings of their choosing.

In 2014, The Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) set forth the Final Rule regulations with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), requiring homes and programs where HCBS are delivered, to now meet new criteria to enhance the quality service delivery system. In addition to support services, the Department of Developmental Services and its partners have created a Statewide Transition Plan (STP) detailing steps toward compliance with the Final Rule by 2023. Some of these steps include provider self-assessments, virtual assessments, webinar trainings, and opportunities for compliance funding.

More information including guidance and training on the Final Rule, and to review the State’s Transition Plan, click on hyperlinks CMS HCBS, Department of Developmental Services.

The 2020 enacted budget contains $15 million to fund changes that are necessary for providers to come into compliance with the HCBS rules by March 2023. For more information visit the Department of Developmental Disabilities website in link below.