NC DHHS requests input on draft HCBS Plan

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created new regulations for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS), effective March 17, 2014. States with HCBS programs, such as the NC Innovations Waiver, are required by CMS to create Transition Plans to explain how they will meet the new standards.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has updated the state’s draft HCBS Final Rule Transition Plan and is requesting input. NC DHHS will accept public comments on the draft Transition Plan through midnight on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

To view the updated Transition Plan and find out how you can provide input, visit the NC DHHS Public Notice and Request for Comment page.

About the HCBS Final Rule
The HCBS Final Rule was designed to provide members in HCBS programs (such as the NC Innovations Waiver) access to the benefits of community living. It is intended to support members receiving services in their own homes or communities rather than in institutions. The HCBS Final Rule applies to Residential Supports, Day Supports and Supported Employment under the NC Innovations Waiver and to Adult Day Health under the Community Alternative Program for Disabled Adults. Additionally, the HCBS Final Rule applies to (b)(3) Supported Employment.

More information about the HCBS Final Rule may be found on the DHHS website.

This information was submitted to The Arc of North Carolina by Cardinal Innovations Healthcare.