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EconSys and ODEP Release State Review of HCBS Reimbursement Rates and Employment First Brief on Federal Resources

February 29, 2016

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and Economic Systems, Inc. (EconSys) have jointly released a 50-state review of the reimbursement rates and methodologies used in Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers for supported employment and integrated day services. The report compiles information from publicly available data reported by state Medicaid agencies or by other state agencies managing various HCBS waivers. The document describes each service covered under the state’s HCBS waiver, the components making up each service, the state’s limits on what is covered by the waiver for each service, what constitutes a single “unit” of that service for reimbursement purposes, the average cost per unit, the number of users for that service, and how many units each user tends to receive. For more information, read the Employment First HCBS review

In February, ODEP also released an Employment First technical brief, the fourth in a four-part series, titled Federal Resources Available to Support State Employment First Efforts. The brief provides state governments and external stakeholders with information about Federal funding and technical resources available to support state Employment First systems change efforts. The brief describes funding vehicles such as competitive grants, direct programmatic funding, demonstration projects, and Federal matching funds that help to incentivize changes to state plans that promote competitive integrated employment. Read all four Employment First Technical Briefs