The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) requested interested parties to participate in the HCBS Final Rule Onsite Assessment Workgroup. In compliance with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Final Rule, KDADS will be assessing all settings that receive funding through the Home and Community Based programs. The assessment will include settings serving the Frail Elderly (FE), Autism, Physical Disability (PD), Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Technology Assisted (TA), and Intellectual and Developmental (IDD) populations.
As part of the assessment process, KDADS requested participation from consumers/family, caregivers, providers, and other interested parties. The workgroup focused on outlining the contents necessary for the development of the onsite assessment tool. At the conclusion of the workgroup, KDADS will expect the Workgroup to have a plan that will identify:
The changes that are required for HCBS settings to meet the Final Rule
The elements for the design of the assessment tool
A process for conducting the onsite assessment
A process for HCBS settings to submit evidence of compliance with the Final Rule
The workgroup will participated in three meetings located in Topeka. The meetings were anticipated to last 4 to 5 hours and study groups were expected to meet between Workgroup meetings. Therefore, it was critical that any party interested in participation in this workgroup understand the time dedication required for the workgroup. The initial workgroup meeting will be held on Monday, June 29th; therefore, any parties unable to attend ALL workgroup meetings and study groups should not submit an application. In addition, all participants are responsible for travel costs and other related expenses accumulated throughout the workgroup.
The HCBS Final Rule Onsite Assessment Workgroup Application provided below. The Application Form was required to be completed and returned to KDADS by Friday, June 19.
Participates selected for this workgroup received an email from Wichita State University Center for Community Support and Research (CSSR). The email provided additional information about the workgroup including the dates, time, and location of the initial and future meetings.
Additional questions regarding the HCBS Final Rule Onsite Assessment Workgroup or application form should be directed to HCBS-KS@kdads.ks.gov or 785-296-3473.
This information was also posted on the Current HCBS News page on the KDADS website.