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LEAD Center Hosts Webinar on CMS Guidance on Non-Residential Services and Its Implications for Employment

March 31, 2015

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National LEAD Center, hosted a webinar entitled, “Redefining Home & Community Based Services: CMS Guidance on Non-Residential Services and Its Implications for Employment.” Leading experts from CMS’s Disability & Elderly Public Health Group presented information about recent CMS policy guidance issued around this topic and responded to questions posed by webinar participants. LEAD Center published the questions and answers from the inquiries made during this webinar presentation as well as subsequent requests for additional information we received.  LEAD Center FAQs on Medicaid and Integrated Employment as well as the archived webinar, PowerPoint slides and a transcript are on the LEAD Center website.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new regulations in January 2014 governing home and community-based services (HCBS) provided through state Medicaid programs. The regulations also clarify that in order to receive Federal HCBS funding for services to individuals with disabilities, states must ensure HCBS be delivered in the most integrated setting, and “….support full access of individuals receiving (waiver services) to the greater community, including opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree of access as individuals not receiving (waiver services).”

CMS staff joined the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the LEAD Center and national subject matter experts on March 25, 2015 to discuss the HCBS rule and its applications in supporting individuals with disabilities to seek and attain competitive integrated employment and explore the CMS toolkit designed to assist states in complying with the requirements of the HCBS final rule as it relates to non-residential settings. The webinar, Redefining Home & Community Based Services: CMS Guidance on Non-Residential Services and Its Implications for Employment was attended by over 800 individuals representing federal, state, and local level providers of services to individuals with significant disabilities, as well as individuals with significant disabilities and their family members and supports. In addition to expert guidance on the implication of the HCBS final rule on employment, attendees received informational materials to further build their knowledge; CMS Final HCBS Rule Q&AFAQs on Medicaid and Integrated EmploymentCMS HCBS Exploratory Questions - Non-Residential, and HCBS Settings Rules Q&A from National Organizations.

This latest webinar adds to a growing body of archived trainings and information available through the LEAD Center, prepared in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and national subject matter experts. Visit the LEAD Center to access informational materials, archived webinars, PowerPoint slides and transcripts to learn more about the CMS HCBS final rule and the implications on residential settings, non-residential settings, day services, and integrated employment.

·         Webinar: 2-20-14 - Innovative Strategies for Using Medicaid State Plan and Waiver Options to Promote Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities

·         Webinar: 2-27-14 - Implications of HCBS Final Rule on Non-Residential Settings – The Impact of New HCBS Guidance on Employment & Day Services

·         Webinar: 5-28-14 - Medicaid Managed Care and Its Implications on Employment Services

·         Webinar: 6.25.14 - New CMS Regulation on HCBS Settings: Implications for Employment Services

Frequently Asked Questions Factsheet: Innovative Strategies for Using Medicaid State Plan and Waiver Options to Promote Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities