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To: Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services Consumers Providers and Stakeholders
From: Nicole Norvell, Director, Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services
Re: Family Supports Waiver Renewal
Date: July 9, 2015
Effective April 1, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has approved the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s request to renew the Family Supports Waiver (FSW), which is administered by the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS).
As previously announced on March 24, 2015, after submitting the application for renewal of the expiring FSW to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in December of 2014, CMS responded with questions regarding some of the content of the renewal. The Division needed additional time to review and respond, so a three month extension was requested to allow for uninterrupted services to continue beyond the expiration date of March 31, 2015. CMS granted that extension and therefore did not issue its approval until June 26, 2015.
The FSW renewal also includes an update to the FSW Comprehensive Transition Plan required by CMS to ensure that the Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) programs offered by the state follow CMS’ final rule on HCBS settings, CMS-2249 & CMS-2296, published January 16, 2014.
General changes that were approved in the FSW renewal, IN.0387.R03.00, effective April 1, 2015, include:
The Approved Services within the FSW renewal are:
Questions about the renewal or the FSW program should be directed to 1-800-545-7763 or to BQIS.Help@fssa.in.gov.