HCBS Virtual Site Assessment Informational Webinars to be Held on April 6 and 7, 2021
Background The Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule ensures individuals have full access to the benefits of community living and the opportunity to receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate. The rule applies to services provided to individuals with developmental disabilities through California’s regional center system.
The California Statewide Transition Plan (Plan) outlines the state’s plan to be in compliance with the HCBS Final Rule. The provider self-assessment survey for residential and non-residential programs measured a provider’s current level of compliance with the HCBS Final Rule. Statewide compliance reporting data as of September 01, 2020, can be found on the HCBS Final Rule Assessment Information page. Despite hardships presented by multiple states of emergencies in California throughout the last year, the provider self-assessment survey reflected 80% completion rate through the efforts of providers and regional center staff.
Virtual Site Assessment The next step outlined in the plan is on-site assessment. The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) contracted with Public Consulting Group (PCG) to conduct on-site assessments of a randomized, statistically valid sample of 1,200 HCBS providers among all 21 regional centers. Due to COVID-19 State of Emergency, on-site assessments will be conducted virtually to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone involved in the process.
DDS will hold two, one-hour webinars to review the virtual site assessment process and answer questions from regional centers and providers. The webinars will be held:
Tuesday, April 6, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
HCBS Provider Compliance Funding Guidelines for FY 2019-2020
The Department of Developmental Services’ issued Fiscal Year 2019-20 HCBS Provider Compliance Funding Guidelines for service providers who wish to apply for funding.
The Department is still reviewing the submitted concepts. Vendors who submitted concepts for 2019/2020 HCBS funding will receive notification from NLACRC as soon as the Department provides names of the selected concepts.
We encourage service providers in need of taking steps towards modifying their services to come into compliance with the HCBS rules by March 2022, to apply.
Service providers, please note the following service codes are required to meet HCBS final rule:
Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Rules SETTINGS/SERVICES IDENTIFIED IN THE STATEWIDE TRANSITION PLAN
Adult Day Care Center
Adult Day Care Facility
Adult Day Program
Adult Day Support Center
Adult Development Center
Adult Family Home
Adult Residential Facility
Adult Residential Facility for Persons with Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Management Program
Certified Family Home
Child Day Care Center
Child Day Care Facility
Community Activities Support Service
Community Integration Training Program
Community-Based Training Provider
Family Child Care Home
Family Teaching Home
Foster Family Home
Residential Care Facility for the Elderly
Small Family Home
Socialization Training Program
Supported Employment (Group Services)
Work Activity Program
What is the CMS HCBS Final Rule?
On March 14, 2014, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) set forth The Final Rule (requirements) for homes and programs where Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) are delivered. Vendors must meet this criteria in order to qualify for federal funding under the Medicaid program (called “Medi-Cal” in California) ¹. NLACRC is devoted to assisting our vendors in meeting the rules. Our goal is to provide technical assistance to vendors in order to obtain compliance by 2022.
The California Department of Developmental Services has collaborated with Public Consulting Group (PCG) to offer training opportunities on the Home and Community Based Services settings Final Rule.
The Department of Developmental Services, Public Consulting Group and Support Development Associates worked in partnership to create a training series on the HCBS Final Rule. A recording of the first training can be viewed through the link below: