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To: Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services Providers
From: Nicole Norvell, Director, Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services
Re: Wavier Renewal and Amendment
Date: March 24, 2015
The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) submitted an application for renewal of the expiring Family Supports Waiver (FSW) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in December of 2014. CMS has responded to DDRS with questions regarding some of the content of the renewal that the Division will need additional time to review, beyond the standard 90 day period for CMS approval.
Therefore, a three month extension was requested of the current waiver to allow for uninterrupted services to continue beyond the expiration date of March 31, 2015. CMS has granted this extension and the new date by which the proposed changes within the FSW renewal will be implemented, pending CMS approval, will be July 1, 2015.
Programmatic functions will continue to be consistent during this three month extension as individuals will continue to be granted entrance into the FSW from either a priority category or from the FSW waitlist. Additionally, due to similar questions posed by CMS for the Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) waiver amendment, the effective date of that amendment was revised to July 1, 2015.
DDRS will continue to work with CMS to gain approval for both the FSW renewal and CIH amendment to ensure that high quality services continue to be delivered through both waivers. We appreciate your continued partnership and patience as we work to gain approval for these much needed changes. Questions about the extension or the renewal and amendment can be emailed to BQIS.Help@fssa.in.gov.