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.
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.
Providers of these services that are designed specifically for groups of individuals with developmental disabilities were required to complete a self-assessment.
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.