Revised Statewide Transition Plan for Home and Community-Based Services released for additional public comment

Contact: Jennifer Eisner 517-241-2112

For Immediate Release: December 1, 2016

LANSING, Mich. – In 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new rule for Home and Community-Based Services waivers to promote enhanced quality of services and personal protections for residents with disabilities or other health issues. Today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) released its Statewide Transition Plan for additional public comment.

MDHHS provides home and Community-Based Services to individuals in the Medicaid program to help Michigan residents with disabilities or other health issues live at home or in the community. Michigan offers many of these services through waivers, which were approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

MDHHS has six 1915(c) waivers that are impacted by the final rule:

  • Children’s Waiver Program

  • Habilitation Supports Waiver

  • MI Choice Waiver

  • MI Health Link HCBS Waiver Program

  • Waiver for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances

  • Settings for §1915(b)(3) Services [Community Living Supports, Skill Building and Supported Employment]

The Statewide Transition Plan, which outlines the implementation process for this rule, has been updated based on feedback from CMS. The revised Statewide Transition Plan can be found on the MDHHS Home and Community-Based Services Program Transition page.

Any comments regarding the proposed Statewide Transition Plan covered by this public notice, or request for a written copy, may be submitted in writing to HCBSTransition@michigan.gov or by mail to:

Attention:  Medicaid Policy
Program Policy Division
Bureau of Medicaid Policy and Actuarial Services
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
P.O. Box 30479
Lansing, Michigan 48909-7979

The revised Statewide Transition Plan is a draft and will be updated as needed until Mar. 31, 2017, when the plan will be submitted to CMS for approval. MDHHS will accept public comments until Jan. 3, 2017.

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