HCBSadvocacy.org is a continuously evolving platform for aging and disability communities to post information and resources regarding the new HCBS settings rule and what each state is doing to meet these requirements. Click on “State Resources” to see dates & deadlines, state documents, news, and other information from your state.
The HCBS Advocacy Coalition, which includes several national organizations, strongly supports implementation of the HCBS Settings Rule because it is a vital part of the broader effort to promote community integration for people with disabilities. People with disabilities deserve the same rights to make informed choices and have access the broader community and integrated employment just as anyone else. The HCBS Settings Rule helps support this outcome.
Our Mission: The HCBS Advocacy Coalition supports the full inclusion of people with disabilities and aging populations in the community. We work collaboratively to help states fully comply with the HCBS Settings Rules and assist stakeholders in understanding the rule. These efforts are essential to achieving systems change that results in truly integrated settings, where people with disabilities can live, work, receive services, and fully engage in community life.
What is the Home & Community Based Settings (HCBS) Rule?
Want to Learn More?
FAQ – HCBS Settings Rule & What is Required, February 2018
Easy to follow guides on learning about the Rule & how to advocate for yourself or someone you know:
- A Self-Advocates Guide to HCBS Advocacy, 2018
- Assisting People with Developmental Disabilities to Advocate for their HCBS Services, 2018
HCBS Settings Rule 3-Part Toolkit:
- 1) What You Should Know
- 2) Settings Presumed to be Institution & the Heightened Scrutiny Process
- 3) How to Advocate for Truly Integrated Community Settings – Full Version
Timeline Update – Extension of Transition Period for Compliance: Please note this extension is provided for compliance of settings, which is now extended to March 2022. The deadline for Final Statewide Transition Plan (STP) approval is still March 2019: Click here to read CMS announcement on deadline extension
Guidance from CMS:
- HCBS Planned Construction of Presumed Institutional Settings
- Medicaid Beneficiaries in HCBS who Exhibit Unsafe Wandering or Exit-Seeking Behavior
- Implementation of the Community First Choice State Plan Option
National Core Indicators (NCI) data: 2015-16 Evidence for HCBS Requirements & Revised Assurances
2017 Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) Survey: The goal is to learn more about the experiences of parents and family members who provide support to a family member with an intellectual or developmental disability.