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OASIS suspension update-those targeted for DD/AU waivers

From DDRS: Part 1 The information in this section applies only to individuals who 1) are currently without services; and 2) were transitioning from the waitlist onto a Developmental Disabilities (DD) or Autism (AU) waiver; and 3) had been targeted to begin waiver services, i.e. received eligibility letters from the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS), who began the process by accepting either a DD or AU waiver. After several months of ongoing review and analysis, we have made much progress. We are confident that our processes will determine appropriate allocation amounts. As a result, we are now prepared to give budgets to eligible individuals who meet all of the criteria listed above. Part 2 The information in this section applies to the individuals identified in Part I above, as well as all individuals starting DD and AU waiver services going forward. Funding will be based on the results of an ICAP Assessment and Addendum Questions, as well as their current or plan

HCBS waivers and CMS rules-opportunity for input

HCBS Waivers and CMS Rules- Information Bulletin #291 (8/09) Comments must be submitted by August 21, 2009 by email http://www.regulations.gov and follow instructions under more search options' tab. It is important for advocates and people with disabilities of all ages to make your views known regarding the proposed changes The two CMS proposed changes are: 1. To change waivers so they can be "based on need, rather than diagnosis or condition." CMS states that the proposed change will "strengthen person-center principles." FYI - there are currently about 350 waivers serving about 1 million people. Each waiver must serve one of three specific target populations - mentally retarded or developmentally disabled, or both; aged or disabled, or both; or mentally ill. CMS writes that the "impediment to serving more than one target group through an HCBS waiver relates to the division between the target groups..., not the associated institutional settings wh