Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Regulations
Provider Funding for Compliance Activities
In January 2014, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued final regulations, or rules, for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)1. The rules require that HCBS programs funded through Medicaid - called Medi-Cal in California - provide people with disabilities full access to the benefits of community living and offer services and supports in settings that are integrated in the community. This could include opportunities to seek employment in competitive and integrated settings, control personal resources, and engage in the community to the same degree as individuals who do not receive regional center services. The HCBS rules focus on the nature and quality of individuals’ experiences and not just the buildings where the services are delivered.
In recognition that some service providers may need to take steps towards modifying their services, the 2016 Budget Act (SB 826, Chapter 23, Statutes of 2016) contains $15 million to fund changes that will be necessary for providers to come into compliance with the HCBS rules by March 2019. As described below, service providers will apply for funds through the regional centers and all submitted proposals will be forwarded to the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Regional centers can make recommendations for funding based on local priorities, although final approval will be made by DDS. Projects that require multiple years to complete and additional funding, or result in meeting some, but not all, of the HCBS rules, will be considered.
Providers of services in settings identified in the California Statewide Transition Plan2 (Enclosure A) that are not in compliance with the HCBS rules may be eligible for funding.
Please review the Department of Developmental Services Notice , "HCBS Compliance Funding" dated July 18, 2016
Enclosure B HCBS Compliance Funding - Provider Evaluation
The Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) rules ensure that people with disabilities have full access to and enjoy the benefits of community living through long-term services and supports in the most integrated settings of their choosing. In order to assist in determining eligibility for compliance funding, providers must complete this evaluation.