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Dates and Deadlines

All states must submit to CMS a plan for transitioning their current HCBS system into compliance with the new rule by March 17, 2015. States submitting a 1915(c) waiver renewal or amendment before March 17, 2015 must include a transition plan in that submission. States then have 120 days from that submission date to submit a transition plan for the remainder of their HCBS system.

  • On July 3, 204, Georgia Department of Community Health posted notice of public comment on three transition plans for four waivers: the Elderly & Disabled Waiver, New Options and Comprehensive Supports Waivers, and Independent Care Waiver. Comments were due August 4, 2014.
  • On August 14, Georgia posted another notice on rate increases and new services in the Comprehensive Supports Waiver.
  • On October 24, Georgia DCH posted a Draft Statewide Transition Plan. Comments on the plan were due December 15, 2014.
  • On December 16, 2014, Georgia DCH submitted a Final Statewide Transition Plan to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • New – Statewide Transition Plan (STP) available for Public Comment through September 9, 2016
    • The public may make verbal comment at a Public Hearing on August 23, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. in the DCH Board Room at 2 Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, 5th Floor
    • The public may comment in writing on or before September 9, 2016 by sending postal mail to the Department of Community Health, Attn: HCBS Transition – 37th Floor, 2 Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303; or by submitting an email to; or by fax to 404-656-8366
    • To read the Draft STP posted for public comment August 8, 2016, please click here. The official Public Notice is also posted on the website below.

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Georgia Department of Community Health page on the HCBS Settings Rule

Official Public Notice  – July 3, 2014

Transition Plan for Elderly and Disabled Waiver

Transition Plan for Independent Care Waiver

Transition Plan for New Options and Community Supports Waivers (IDD programs)

Overview of HCBS: New Federal Rules and Transition Planning

Draft Statewide Transition Plan – comment were due December 15, 2014

Revised Statewide Transition Plan – submitted to CMS December 16, 2014

Clarifications and/or Modifications required for Initial Approval (CMIA): This letter notifies states that public comment, input and summary requirements are met, but CMS has identified issues that must be resolved in the Statewide Transition Plan (STP) prior to initial approval. CMS sent this letter to Georgia on July 23, 2015

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DD Network Comments on GA HCBS Transition Plan 12-15-14

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