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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.
STP public comment period July 29-Aug 29:
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Statewide Transition Plan – comments due January 30, 2015
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 Missouri on August 13, 2015.
Initial Approval with Milestones and a Resubmission Date. This letter is the communication CMS sends to the state notifying the state that public comment, input and summary requirements are met, the STP is sufficient, but systemic and/or site-specific assessments are not yet completed. The response to the state will vary dependent on whether the state has or has not identified settings that are presumed to have institutional characteristics and any information the state may wish CMS to consider under the heightened scrutiny process. CMS sent this letter to Missouri on March 29, 2017
Initial Approval Addendum Letter is a letter from CMS to the state explaining what needs to be changed in order to receive final approval. July 9, 2018
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New federal rules could close sheltered workshops for people with disabilities
New federal rules seek to integrate people with disabilities into competitive jobs that pay at least the minimum wage, a move that could force sheltered workshops such as JobOne’s to close. Barbara Winkler says the intention of the new rules might be good, but the effect is not positive.
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