CMS HCBS Final Rule

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What is the CMS HCBS Final Rule?

On March 14, 2014, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) set forth The Final Rule (requirements) for homes and programs where Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) are delivered.  Vendors must meet this criteria in order to qualify for federal funding under the Medicaid program (called “Medi-Cal” in California) ¹. NLACRC is devoted to assisting our vendors in meeting the rules. Our goal is to provide technical assistance to vendors in order to obtain compliance by 2022.

The California Department of Developmental Services has collaborated with Public Consulting Group (PCG) to offer training opportunities on the Home and Community Based Services settings Final Rule.

View the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Federal HCBS Final Rule Trainings flyer

Links to additional resources from DDS and CMS for more details on the Final Rule:

General HCBS DDS website

DDS Fact Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


DDS Contact Information:

The Department welcomes comments or questions by e-mail to, or by mail to:

Department of Developmental Services
Community Services Division
1600 9th Street, Room 320
Sacramento, CA 95814 (CMS/HCBS Website)


For any questions/concerns, please contact HCBS Specialist Sonja Chapman at or 818-534-5034.


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