The Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) are pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) through March 31, 2021. This approval follows collaborative work by the departments over a two-year period involving a complex residential cost study, service rate adjustments, and a one-year needs analysis for all waiver participants served in community residential settings. New rates for community residential, community living support, and respite services will go into effect March 1, 2017.
The COMP waiver currently serves nearly 8,000 Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At the heart of the renewal request is Georgia’s desire to strengthen the provider network and support the delivery of high-quality and accountable care to vulnerable citizens. The renewal includes the following important improvements for waiver participants. It incorporates a tiered reimbursement rate for service providers that correlates to the level of residential services provided; expands respite services; restructures the rate for in-home community living support; and expands community living support to allow shared services among participants who wish to live independently as housemates but require supervision and some assistance.
New service options and provider rates associated with the COMP waiver renewal approval will be implemented as of March 1, 2017. Training for service providers and family members will be offered in five locations around the state of Georgia; however, 2 sessions (9am - 12noon & 1pm - 4pm) will be provided at each location. Click here to view the DBHDD Press Release regarding the Medicaid waiver renewal approved for Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Participants only need to register and attend one session.
March 14, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm or 1:00pm - 4:00pmMorrow Center1180 Southlake Circle, Suite 100Morrow, GA 30260Registration Deadline: March 12, 2017 @ 5pm
March 20, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm or 1:00pm - 4:00pmMansour Center995 Roswell Street NEMarietta, GA 30060Registration Deadline: March 16, 2017 @ 5pm
March 21, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm or 1:00pm - 4:00pmMarriott Augusta2 Tenth Street Augusta, GA 30901Registration Deadline: March 16, 2017 @ 5pm
March 23, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm or 1:00pm - 4:00pmUGA Tifton Conference Center15 RDC Road Tifton, Georgia 31793Registration Deadline: March 16, 2017 @ 5pmMarch 28, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm or 1:00pm - 4:00pm - NEW DATECoastal Georgia Center305 Fahm StreetSavannah, GA 31401Registration Deadline: March 24, 2017 @ 5pm
This training is specifically for DD Provider agencies, Families & Representatives. State and Regional Field Office Staff are also invited to attend.
CEUs and Certificates of Attendance will not be given for these sessions.
Register online at: https://DBHDD.cvent.com/COMPWaiverRenewalForum
For more information on these and all of DBHDD's training offerings, please visit DBHDD's website.
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