Home and Community Based Services

Opportunity for Expanding Services at
Home or in Community

Home and Community Based ServicesHome and community-based services (HCBS) provide opportunities for Medicaid beneficiaries to receive services in their own home or community.

These programs serve a variety of targeted populations groups, such as people with mental illnesses, intellectual or developmental disabilities, and/or physical disabilities.

The final Home and Community-Based Services regulations from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) set forth new requirements for several Medicaid authorities under which states may provide home and community-based long-term services and supports. The regulations enhance the quality of HCBS and provide additional protections to individuals that receive services under these Medicaid authorities.

According to the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH),

“This final rule is only a first step; implementation comes next. The final rule outlines a transition process for states to meet these new requirements; states have one year to submit a transition plan that must be implemented within a 5 year timeline. Looking ahead, supportive housing providers should engage with their state Medicaid agencies as they develop these transition plans and further define the housing options available to people with disabilities who need service supports.”

Click here for the HCBS final rule and other fact sheets from CMS.

Click here for more information about HCBS from CSH.