HCBS Compliance Funding Availability for Service Providers for 2017-18

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Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Compliance Funding Availability for Service Providers for 2017-18 - Deadline January 5, 2018

The California State Budget for fiscal year 2017-18 once again includes funding to assist service providers seeking to come into compliance with the Home and Community Based Services Final Rule[1]. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established the HCBS Final Rule in March 2014. Compliance with these new rules was originally required by March 2019, but this deadline has been extended to March 2022. Recognizing the scope of changes required to be made in the system, to be in full compliance, the State of California has made funding, in the total amount of $15 million statewide, available for service providers to submit proposals regarding changes they will make to their services to be in compliance with these federal rules.

DDS has provided correspondence to the regional centers about the process for service providers to access this compliance funding in 2017-18. This correspondence can be found on the DDS website at: http://www.dds.ca.gov/hcbs/. A deadline of January 5, 2018 has been established by DDS for eligible service providers to submit proposals/concept papers to their vendoring regional center. Additionally, DDS has scheduled a series of webinars for interested parties to review the process and answer questions. These webinars are scheduled for:

SG/PRC will be holding a special meeting for service providers on Friday, December 1, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at SG/PRC (75 Rancho Camino Dr., Pomona, CA 91766) to provide additional information and guidance with regards to applying for compliance funding. To register for this meeting, please login and register by clicking here. If you have any questions, please contact Lourdes Sanchez, SG/PRC Program Evaluator at lsanchez@sgprc.org or myself at ecruz@sgprc.org.