Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Transition Initiative

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has issued new rules that Maine and all states must comply with. These rules apply to the home and community-based services (sometimes call “HCBS” for short) that people receive. These new federal rules require Maine and providers to make sure that people receiving HCBS have the choice to participate in the community like any person who is not receiving HCBS from a waiver and that every individual receiving services has optimal autonomy and independence in making life choices. States have until March 17, 2019 to comply with the rules.

Maine has convened a Steering Committee of individuals who work for Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services and an Advisory Group of individuals who are consumers of HCBS, providers of HCBS, and advocates for consumers, to help Maine find out whether HCBS services currently comply with the new rules. These individuals will meet regularly to discuss issues related to transitioning policies and practices to comply with the federal rules before the deadline. Information from the meetings is available here.

For questions or comments regarding the HCBS transition process, please email: HCBS.DHHS@maine.gov



Stateholder Engagement Documents

April 27, 2016
Stakeholder Meeting

April 12, 2016

(rescheduled from March 25, 2016)

Stakeholder Meeting

February 29, 2016

Stakeholder Inauguaral Meeting

Other Important Documents

Date Description Materials
June 30, 2016 *Revised* HCBS Transition Plan Submitted to CMS
April 15, 2015 HCBS Commissioner Letter to Members and Providers
April 14, 2015 HCBS Final Transition Plan Submitted to CMS
February 20, 2015 HCBS Transition Plan Review Report-FINAL
January 16, 2015 HCBS Graphic for New Home and Community Standards for Maine
January 15, 2015 Maine's Draft Transiton Plan

December 19, 2014 Notice of Public Forums for

Maine’s Draft Transition Plan For Complying with New Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Rule for Medicaid Waiver Services


Discussion of the Biennial Plan for Services to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities & Autism
October 27-29, 2014 HCBS Regulations Overview and Educational Forums

For more information regarding the HCBS Transition Initiative, please visit: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/rules/transition-plan.shtml