Everyone benefits when people with disabilities are a part of the
fabric of our communities, not locked away in the archaic
institutions. Institutions are large, often crowded places that
limit people and their choices and force them to live segregated
lives away from their family and friends without access to the
supports needed to live in their own homes and
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are
provided many services because of the Lanterman Act. Many
services people receive are paid for with state and federal money
from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
(CMS). Therefore, California must comply with what is called the
Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Final
Rule. This rule sets requirements for HCBS settings,
which are places where people live or receive services. Each
state has until March 2023 to help providers comply with the
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 California Statewide Transition Plan (STP) outlines the steps
the State will take to be in alignment with the HCBS Final Rule.
The first step is to review and evaluate current services,
including both non-residential and residential programs.
Service Providers were required to submit the HCBS
Self-Assessment Survey by August 31, 2020.