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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 planned living a…

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
where those target gr…