My Life My Community
DBHDS is committed to being good listeners, good partners and good stewards of the public resources entrusted to the agency. As we meet the challenges that lie ahead, we are dedicated to a system re-design that truly provides opportunity for citizens to receive the supports they need to live full lives in the community.
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved Virginia's waiver amendments for implementation. This affects the ID, DD, and Day Support Waivers. Those waivers will now be called the Community Living (CL), the Family and Individual Support (FIS), and the Building Independence (BI) Waivers, respectively. The approved implementation date is September 1, 2016.
Emergency Regulations regarding the above waivers have been approved and are located at:
Questions on Waiver Redesign: If you have questions on the redesign of the intellectual, developmental or day support waivers and the changes associated with waiver redesign, please contact
Please click the link below to access an interactive map with information relating to services in the community:
Search for Providers: On August 26, 2016, DD waiver providers were invited to participate in a voluntary Provider Survey that collected details about the services they planned to offer under the amended DD Waivers. The initial survey results collected through March 2017 are offered through the "Search for Providers" link below with the understanding that they are not inclusive of all possible provider options and that they are subject to change over time. We will be updating the online database quarterly going forward, so we anticipate more options to become available as new surveys are completed. If a provider is listed in the database, it is possible that they are not yet offering a particular service, but contacts could influence the provider’s decisions and timelines.
Shared Living service resources are now available for download. This service introduces a unique option, which will support more independent living options for people in the DD waivers. Please click here to download the shared living materials. Please be certain to select a file and then choose "DOWNLOAD" to view the files from your computer.
Stakeholder Informational Call Schedule and Recordings:
- DBHDS Stakeholder Call Schedule (January to March 2017) NEW
- November 2, 2016
- November 9, 2016
- November 16, 2016
- November 30, 2016
- December 7, 2016
- December 15, 2016
- December 21, 2016
- February 1, 2017
- January 4, 2017 (no recording, technical difficulties)
- January 18, 2017 (no recording, technical difficulties)
- February 15, 2017
- March 1, 2017
- March 15, 2017
Waiver Redesign Training/Handouts/ Stakeholder (MLMC) Weekly Calls Q&As:
Trainings: There are upcoming trainings for families and individuals about waiver redesign for individuals with an intellectual disability or developmental disability. Please see the below for dates and locations.
Waiver Redesign Information:
As of January 2014, the second phase of the My Life, My Community has begun. This will involve a cost study to review service reimbursement rates and result, most likely, in a revised rate schedule. In addition, DBHDS and DMAS will explore options for developing fair and reliable means resource allocation. We are hopeful that a new waiver system will be implemented in January 2016.
DBHDS leadership is establishing an Advisory group and related subcommittees to consider the recommendations made by HSRI, provide input on the new waiver design, and make suggestions regarding means of enhancing system processes. These groups will be facilitated by DBHDS and HSRI. The work of these groups is crucial to ensuring transparency and a well vetted waiver. The Waiver Design and Advisory Committee (WDAC) and subcommittee membership will be comprised of ID and DD self-advocates, family members, representatives from CSBs, provider agencies, advocacy groups, and parent groups from across the Commonwealth. A listing of WDAC and subcommittee members follows.
The groups’ charges are as follows:
- Developing a new waiver concept paper from which elements of the CMS waiver application(s) will be drawn.
- Providing input to the new waiver development process particularly with regard to training, implementation, and evaluation.
- Clarifying & creating one set of criteria for eligibility for ID/DD services in Virginia.
- Advising on related policy and regulation development, as well as training and implementation strategies.
- Clarifying & creating one set of criteria for effective support coordination/case management for individuals with ID/DD, including individuals who do not receive waiver services.
- Reviewing and recommending changes to guidelines, policies and regulations for the provision of support coordination/case management.
- Clarifying & creating one set of criteria for managing the ID/DD waiting list for services in Virginia.
- Proposing and evaluating the impact of combining the current ID/DD waiting lists.
- Advising on policy and regulation development.
- Advising on a means of meeting inter-rater reliability standards as well as to securing a valid assessment via the Supports Intensity Scale.
Provider Advisory Committee:
- Offering guidance, from a provider perspective, to Burns & Associates (HSRI’s subcontractor) in their work of gathering and synthesizing information for the rate study portion of the overall waiver study.
- WDAC Subcommittees Membership
One task in the first phase of the My Life, My Community project was an evaluation of the current administration of the Supports Intensity Scale® (SIS) in Virginia. The purpose was to review present assessment practices and determine what might be done to improve the assessment process for resource allocation purposes.
Also in Phase One of My Life, My Community we were required to conduct of interviews and public forums and then prepare a report to describe methods and findings. To this end, staff of Parent to Parent of Virginia (PTPofVA) and the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University (Partnership) convened multiple open forums at eight sites across the state to offer the public opportunities to comment on the performance of the present HCBS waivers and solicit input on what could be done to improve system performance.
The Human Services Research Institute is under contract to the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) to: (a) evaluate the State’s current service delivery system for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD); (b) make recommendations to move the system to a more person-focused/needs-based system of care; and (c) in conjunction with that evaluation, review the existing rates paid to service providers and the current method of allocating resources to support individuals receiving services.