Hello Advocates!


Do you or someone you love get services through waivers like GAPP, ICWP, NOW, COMP, SOURCE or CCSP? If so, you need to let your voice be heard today.


A new federal rule, called the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule, tells providers how to give out services paid for by these waivers. The rule is supposed to help people getting services have full lives with their families, friends, and neighbors. Our state must write a State Transition Plan (STP). The STP will say what changes Georgia will make to follow this new rule.


The STP is now ready for public comment! Georgia needs to hear from people who care about waivers and services -people like you!

First – look at the plan at http://dch.georgia.gov/hcbs/hcbs-transition-plan


Second – Share your suggestions and any changes you would make if you were writing the STP.  Use the contact information at the bottom of this post to share what you have to say.


The deadline to share your thoughts is September 9, 2016.


Here are a few of the most important things that need to be part of Georgia’s STP:


  • People must be given a choice to live in their own home or apartment. Services must come to people where they live. People should not have to change where they live or where they spend time to get services.


  • Services must help people be independent and make their own decisions.


  • Services must help people go to different places and do different things in their communities. The services must move around with the person.


  • Services must give people privacy, dignity, respect, freedom from being told what to do, and freedom from restraint.


  • Services must help people find real jobs for real pay.


  • People must have a choice about what services they get and who provides them.


You only have until September 9, 2016 to tell the state whether your services help you stay in charge of your own life or need to be changed so that Georgia is following the new rule. Here are some things you could tell Georgia about:


  • You could tell the state about where you live. For example, is it with your family, in your own apartment, a group home, or a host home? Do you live where you want to live? Do you get to leave when you want to go out? Do you get to decide how you spend your money? Do you get to be around the people you want? Do you have privacy (for example, can you lock your door, use the phone when you want, have your own room)?  Do you get to eat what and when you want?


  • Do you have a chance to find a paid job in the community? Do you get to decide how to spend your day? Do you get to spend as much time as you want to in the community?


  • What do you think Georgia can do to make sure you have the choices you want and are able to live your life how you want in the community?


You don’t have much time to make your voice heard. The deadline is September 9, 2016.


Here is how you can share your thoughts:


You can comment by emailing danwilliams@dch.ga.gov, fax it to 404-651-6880, or mail it to the Board of Community Health, P.O. Box 1966, Atlanta, GA 30301-1966. If you can, please also send your comments to the federal agency in charge of making sure Georgia follows this new rule at hcbs@cms.hhs.gov. Let them know your email is about Georgia’s STP!


You can also come to a meeting to make your voice heard about the STP. Be sure to say you plan to come by emailing rDugger@dch.ga.gov. Here are the meeting details.


What: State Transition Plan Dialogue Meeting


Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Time: 2:30 pm-4:00 pm


Location: 2 Peachtree St. 37th Floor War Room


If you plan to go to the meeting, please look over the STP beforehand: https://dch.georgia.gov/hcbs/hcbs-transition-plan.

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