HCBS Final Rule

Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Overview

What is HCBS?

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 communities.  

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

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Home and Community Based Services Final Rule- Monitoring and Compliance

For the past few years, service providers have worked collaboratively with Harbor Regional Center to come into compliance with the HCBS Final Rule. The process included service providers completing a self-assessment in 2020, followed by virtual site assessments for selected service providers in 2021. By March 17th, 2023 service providers had to submit documentation that demonstrated practices that align with HCBS and the federal requirements.

Special Event

Harbor Regional Center Service Provider Advisory Committee

Members of the Service Provider Advisory Committee provide a wide cross-section of services and supports, for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

They meet to discuss issues of particular interest to HRC service providers, and to provide input to the Board of Trustees. It is also an opportunity to obtain up-to-date information on Harbor Regional Center policies and procedures, and the developmental disabilities service system overall. Members of the committee must apply and be approved by the Board.

(310) 543-0643
Special Event

HCBS Sip and Chat (Café y Charla sobre HCBS)

A Community of Practice/ In person (FY 22-23)

Important: March 26, 2024 will be held in HRC LONG BEACH (1155 E. San Antonio Drive Long Beach, CA 90807) Importante: El 26 de marzo de 2024 se reunirá en HRC LONG BEACH (1155 E. San Antonio Drive Long Beach, CA 90807)

The HCBS Sip and Chat is a community of practice for service providers and families. It is an informal opportunity to discuss, explore, and ask questions about HCBS. 

Interpretation services are available upon request by advance reservation only, at least five (5) or more business days prior to the event and at the time of RSVP.

(310) 792-4702
Special Event

HCBS Sip and Chat (Café y Charla sobre HCBS)

A Community of Practice/Virtual (FY 22-23)

The HCBS Sip and Chat is a community of practice for service providers and families. It is an informal opportunity to discuss, explore, and ask questions about HCBS. 

Interpretation services are available upon request by advance reservation only, at least five (5) or more business days prior to the event and at the time of RSVP.

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Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule

Compliance Reports

In accordance with Welfare and Institutions Code section 4519.2(b), each regional center shall post Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule compliance information on its website.

September, 2020

October, 2021

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Final Rule

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

What is 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 from CMS can be found here:
Home and Community-Based Settings Regulation – Implementation Timeline Extension and Revised Frequently Asked Questions

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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. 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.