Home and Community Based Services: Advocates Creating Transformation

All states are currently in the process of coming into compliance with regulations put forth by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2014. It is crucial for people receiving HCBS services to understand their rights and responsibilities under the new regulations (sometimes called the “final rule”) in order to maximize good outcomes for people with disabilities and their families. This project takes a multi-pronged approach, conducting in person-trainings, webinars, and cultivating self-advocates and family members as leaders in HCBS policy and related issues across the State of Illinois.

This project is designed to educate stakeholders on the new Home and Community Based Service rules. These rules maximize choice, customization and community inclusion. The project will train over 2,000 Illinois residents as well as develop a cadre of Leadership Fellows who will provide training in their communities across the state. IDHD has a dual role in this project, with some staff assisting with training and mentoring stakeholders, while others are involved with evaluating the program as a whole.

Project details

Funded by:
Subcontract from Council on Quality and Leadership through the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities

Training collaborators
Aleksa Owen (PI), Jessica Schultz, Irma Hernandez, Tia Nelis, CQL, Institute for Public Policy for People with Disabilities

Evaluation collaborators
Caitlin Crabb and Randall Owen (Evaluation PI)