In January 2014, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued final regulations, or rules, for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The rules require that HCBS programs funded through Medicaid (called Medi-Cal in California) provide individuals 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 settings where the services are delivered.
In recognition that some service providers need to take steps towards modifying their services to come into compliance with the HCBS rules by March 2023, the 2021 enacted budget contains $15 million to fund necessary changes.
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Announced Fiscal Year 2021-22 Approved HCBS Funding Concepts
DDS received 291 total requests for HCBS funding from services providers statewide and 127 concepts for funding were selected. HRC service providers submitted 16 concepts and 11 were selected and granted funding.
The Department of Developmental Services’ (Department) Fiscal Year 2021-22 HCBS Provider Compliance Funding Guidelines for service providers who wish to apply for funding.
The Department will hold two, one-hour webinars to review the funding application process and answer questions.
The webinars will be held on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, from
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Friday, October 8, 2021, from 11:00
a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
To register for any of the above webinars, follow the instructions found at