Excerpt from ACL Blog:

On June 6, 2014, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued important guidance on implementing Section 2402(a) of the Affordable Care Act. This provision of the law requires the Secretary to ensure all states develop systems for delivery of home and community-based services and supports (HCBS) that are designed to respond to the changing needs of beneficiaries, maximize independence, support self-direction, and achieve a more consistent and coordinated approach to the administration of policies and procedures across programs providing HCBS.

As a first step in implementing Section 2402(a), the Secretary issued guidance on person-centered planning and self-direction. This information will help states, agencies, providers, people with disabilities, families, and other stakeholders to encourage the development of systems and services that are person-centered and maximize self-direction. That, in turn, will empower people who receive long-term supports and services (LTSS) to reach their goals and achieve a better quality of life.

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