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CMS & ACL Partner with Tennessee To Host Webinar for Advocates and External Stakeholders on Tennessee’s State HCBS Transition Plan

May 31, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Administration on Community Living (ACL) partnered with the state of Tennessee on May 26th to host a webinar on Tennessee’s State HCBS Transition Plan titled, HCBS Implementation and the Statewide Transition Plan. Tennessee was the first state to receive full approval of its Home-and Community-based Services (HCBS) Transition Plan, produced in accordance with CMS’ final HCBS rules. 

The webinar featured state officials in Tennessee, who discussed how they produced their state’s HCBS Transition Plan and the approach they decided to take for bringing the state of Tennessee into compliance with the Final Rule. This session was intended to help state officials, advocates, and other external stakeholders looking to engage in state implementation of the HCBS rule and produce revised State Transition Plans to submit to CMS for approval. 

Other speakers discussed how external stakeholders and advocates in the state can meaningfully engage with the state in its HCBS implementation process. The webinar intended to encourage stakeholders, service providers, including supported employment and health care service providers, to engage with state officials on the development and implementation of the state’s Plan. Presenters included the Director of the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities Wanda Willis, senior officials from Tennessee’s Medicaid program (TennCare) Patti Killingsworth and Michelle Jernigan, and Ralph Lollar, Director of Long-Term Services and Supports at CMS. 

ACL has made available a copy of the presentation slides and an archived recording of the webinar to the public. To learn more about Tennessee’s HCBS Transition Plan, visit the Tennessee webpage for the New Federal Home and Community-Based Services rules for the full list of Transition Plan documentation.