On January 10, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final regulations regarding home- and community-based settings (HCBS). The rule supports enhanced quality in HCBS programs, outlines person-centered planning practices, and reflects CMS’s intent to ensure that individuals receiving services and supports have full access to the benefits of community living and are able to receive services in the most integrated setting.
After an individual has been found eligible for home and community-based services, the funding request has been approved, and a service provider has been selected, the Designated Agency (DA)/Specialized Service Agency (SSA), or the Independent Support Broker if self/familiy-managing, along with the individual and his/her team, will develop a plan for supports. This plan is called an
The Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) plans, coordinates, administers, monitors and evaluates state and federally funded services for people with developmental disabilities and their families within Vermont. The following services are funded by the Division and are allocated or provided by the Designated Agencies and Specialized Services Agencies.