June 6, 2014 | New guidance has been released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services implementing Sec. 2402(a) of the Affordable Care Act, or Removing Barriers to Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). This provision of the law requires the Health and Human Services secretary to ensure all states develop systems for the delivery of HCBS that are designed to respond to the changing needs of beneficiaries, maximize independence, support self-direction and achieve a more consistent and coordinated approach to the administration of policies and procedures across programs providing HCBS.
The first set of guidance is on person-centered planning and self-direction, and is intended to help states, agencies, providers, people with disabilities, families and other stakeholders encourage the development of systems and services that are person-centered and maximize self-direction.
Courtesy of the Administration on Community Living