Home and Community Policy Rule

Home and Community Policy Rule

Executive Office of Health and Human Resources/Department of Developmental Services

In September, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) released a new HCBS (home and community based settings) policy. The policy is in response to a new rule from the Center on Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) which funds a significant part of all long term supports regardless of their setting. The Arc supports the general thrust of the new policy which we stated is “consistent with the evolution of community services over the past 50 years and more specifically with the Americans with Disabilities Act”. The policy not only sets out new standards which reflect respect for individuals served but more self-direction.

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