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Medicaid is encouraging community-based services over institutions for long-term care for people with disabilities

Disabilities February 1st, 2021

New toolkit is available featuring examples of state-expanded home and community based services

Medicaid officials are encouraging states to accelerate efforts to “rebalance” long-term care offerings for people with disabilities to favor home- and community-based services over institutions. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a toolkit featuring examples of how states have expanded home- and community-based services and decreased reliance on institutional care. The 66-page toolkit includes models and best practices for increasing transitions from institutions to the community, diverting people from segregated settings, making sure that state policies align with the service provider networks, and improving community living for beneficiaries receiving Medicaid home- and community-based services.