Public Comment Requested on Amendments and Transition Plans for Michigan's MI Choice Waiver and Habilitation Supports Waiver

Contact: Angela Minicuci 517-241-2112

For Immediate Release: August 29, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is requesting public comment on the amendments and home and community-based settings (HCBS) transition plans for the MI Choice Waiver as well as the Habilitation Supports Waiver.

The MI Choice Waiver amendment will allow for an increase in enrollment for the MI Choice Waiver program which provides home and community based services to eligible individuals that allows them to stay in their own home or another residential setting. The Habilitation Supports Waiver (HSW) amendment will allow individuals who are on the Healthy Michigan Plan to also receive HSW services and supports.

The purpose of the home and community-based settings transition plans is to assist MDCH in meeting federal requirements for providing home and community-based services in the most integrated settings, both residential and non-residential. Both amendments and the transition plans will be submitted to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for review and approval.

MDCH invites the public to read the MI Choice Waiver amendment and transition plan at www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2943_4857-16263--,00.html. Information and comments may be sent to: Michigan Department of Community Health, Program Policy Division, Bureau of Medicaid Policy and Health System Innovation, Attention Medicaid Policy, P.O. Box 30479, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7979, or via e-mail at MSAPolicy@michigan.gov.

To review the Habilitation Services Waiver amendment and transition plan, visit www.michigan.gov/mdch, and click on the Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities tab. Information and comments may be sent to Michigan Department of Community Health, Bureau of Community Based Services, Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration, Attention Belinda Hawks, 320 S. Walnut, Lewis Cass Building, 5th Floor, Lansing, Michigan 48913 or at HABWaiver@michigan.gov.

All comments should include a reference to the amendment they are intended for such as “MI Choice Amendment/Transition Plan Comment” or “HSW Amendment/Transition Plan Comment” somewhere in the written submission or in the subject line of an e-mail. Comments and related responses will be available online following the end of the comment period. Comments will be accepted until September 26, 2014.

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