There are 10 residential sites we are in the process of scheduling for state staff visits. These sites were identified based on individual responses to the IES. They were noted as provider owned or controlled settings, and responses from IES survey participants indicated some isolating in their responses. These are sites that we believe (in most cases) would be viewed as potential ‘heightened scrutiny’ situations. We are not formally ‘validating’ these sites for compliance at this time, but structuring some educational visits for us, to help us better understand the settings, and any barriers these particular providers and sites may have in meeting the overall intent of the HCBS settings rule going forward.
These residential providers have been contacted and are all in the process of scheduling dates for visits or identifying appropriate times with the participants in the residences we are hoping to visit. We have reached out via phone and email to each of these providers, who have been wonderful in finding times and dates that not only work for us, but that fit within participants’ normal, daily schedules. They were all given a written notification, as well as a notification for them to share with the participants and families of the sites identified for the visits.
We have not set forth specific, comprehensive plans to validate residential data obtained from the IES – some of this is due to the way in which the IES data was collected, which makes it challenging to analyze by provider, and just a shortage of resources to commit at the moment.