Service Providers

HCBS Final Rule

Training: HCBS Final Rule Webinar
Strategies for Providing Services in Alignment with the Final Rule

The California Department of Developmental Services, in partnership with Public Consulting Group, is offering a training opportunity on strategies for providing services in alignment with the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Final Rule.

Thursday, October 1st, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Follow this link to register and participate in the live webinar at the specified date and time above:
http://bit.ly/CADDSHCBSStrategiesTraining

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The training will be held via webinar, and will provide stakeholders with information and support while working to reimagine services and supports in alignment with the HCBS Final Rule.

This training will focus on the intent of the HCBS Final Rule, the importance of person-centered planning, and implementing practices that consider both in the way services are provided. Examples of strategies for achieving alignment will be provided for each of the federal requirements. There will also be the opportunity to brainstorm and reflect on your current practices to see where some of these strategies may be applied to achieve alignment. The last half hour is dedicated to a question and answer period where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Fact Sheets For Clients, Families, and Service Providers: Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule: Department of Developmental Services

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Date Extension for Transition Period to Compliance with HCBS Final Rule

CMS issued guidance to states on July 14, 2020, indicating that the transition period for ensuring compliance with the HCBS Final Rule has been extended one year to March 17, 2023, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance can be found here: https://www.medicaid.gov/Federal-Policy-Guidance/Downloads/smd20003.pdf.

More info https://www.dds.ca.gov/initiatives/cms-hcbs-regulations/

Materials and recorded webinar and/or presentations will be posted on the Department’s website at https://www.dds.ca.gov/initiatives/cms-hcbs-regulations/.

HCBS Statewide Transition Plan

Service Providers Self-Assessment

The California Statewide Transition Plan (STP) outlines the steps the State will take to be in alignment with the HCBS Final Rule. Service Providers were required to submit the HCBS Self-Assessment Survey by August 31, 2020.

If a provider is not in compliance with all the requirements, there is time to develop a transition plan so the provider can achieve compliance by March 2023, the date by which states have to implement the federal requirements.

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.

2019 HCBS Approved Compliance Proposals Awarded To

Social Vocational Services
$50,000

2018 HCBS Approved Compliance Proposals Awarded To

Canyon Verde
$84,375

Exceptional Children's Foundation
$138,900

South Bay Vocational Center
$125,770

2017 HCBS Approved Compliance Proposals Awarded To

Able Arts Work aka Arts and Services for the Disabled
$241,000

ARC – Long Beach
$111,603

Dungarvin Long Beach
$163,824

Unlimited Quest
$63,480
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