March 12, 2015

Home and Community-Based Services - Changes Coming

CMS rules on home and community-based settings and person-centered care planning require states responses by March 17.

Learn What's Happening in the Policy Arena for CYSHCNSeveral national disability organizations have issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Home and Community-Based Services Settings regulation issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in January of 2014. States must submit to CMS a transition plan on how they will come into compliance with the rule by March 17, 2015. The FAQs should help advocates to get involved in the rule implementation. For more information, including the steps your state has taken on a transition plan, visit


The National Council on Disability (NCD) released a report titled Home and Community-Based Services: Creating Systems for Success at Home, at Work and in the Community. In this report, NCD reviews the research on outcomes since the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision, and finds that strong trends indicate that smaller, more dispersed and individualized community settings further integration and positive outcomes for individuals with disabilities.