Service Providers

HCBS Final Rule

Strategies for Providing Services in Alignment with the Final Rule

The California Department of Developmental Services, in partnership with Public Consulting Group, presented a webinar on strategies for providing services in alignment with the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Final Rule. This webinar provided information and support for reimagining services and supports in alignment with the HCBS Final Rule.

  • the intent of the HCBS Final Rule
  • the importance of person-centered planning
  • implementing practices that consider both in the way services are provided
  • examples of strategies for achieving alignment for each of the federal requirements.

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

For Clients and Families

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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:

Materials and recorded webinar and/or presentations will be posted on the Department’s website at

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

2018 HCBS Approved Compliance Proposals Awarded To

Canyon Verde

Exceptional Children's Foundation

South Bay Vocational Center

2017 HCBS Approved Compliance Proposals Awarded To

Able Arts Work aka Arts and Services for the Disabled

ARC – Long Beach

Dungarvin Long Beach

Unlimited Quest