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Your Right to a Community Life:
A Guide to Home and Community Based Services Advocacy

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The Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) Final Rule is a federal policy change announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2014 to make sure that people with disabilities have the kinds of services they need in their communities. The Rule requires that the places where people receive HCBS waiver services offer full access to the benefits of community life. This guide was developed to prepare people with developmental disabilities to advocate for the HCBS supports they want and need to live in the community. It contains information about the Rule and tools to help advocates share about their experience receiving services.

This guide was developed by The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, in collaboration with CQL, The Council on Quality and Leadership through support from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities.

January 2018. 8 page booklet.

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Supporting the Right to a Community Life:
Assisting People with Developmental Disabilities to Advocate
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The Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) Final Rule is a federal policy change announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2014 to make sure that people with disabilities have the kinds of services they need in their communities. The Rule sets requirements for where and how Medicaid HCBS are provided to ensure that people receiving services have full access to community life. This guide was developed to prepare supporters to assist people with developmental disabilities to advocate for the community lives they want and share their experiences receiving Home and Community Based Services. It contains information about the Rule, guidance on having conversations with those you support about their lives and services, and a list of organizations that can help with advocacy.

This guide was developed by The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, in collaboration with CQL, The Council on Quality and Leadership through support from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities.

January 2018. 4 page booklet.

 

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