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Action Alert:

The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) and Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) will welcome public comment regarding the submission to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) amendments to the following 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid Waivers: Intellectual Disability (ID); Individual and Family Developmental Disability (DD) Supports; Day Support (DS).

The 1915(c) HCBS waiver amendments can be found HERE and HERE

Virginia has partnered with stakeholders and national experts to transform the Medicaid Intellectual and Developmental Disability (I/DD) waiver system.  The intent of the amendments is to offer waiver services designed to assure that people with disabilities have the supports needed to live lives of quality and meaning integrated in the community.  The amendments:

  • Achieve consistency, equity, quality and accountability across waivers
  • Unify eligibility implementing a single DD eligibility criterion
  • Implement one process to qualify for and access I/DD supports
  • Provide services and funding based on individual needs
  • Include new services that create more choices and opportunity

The public comment period closes on Monday, February 29, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Instructions for Public Comment Submission:  

Comments may be sent within the body of an email or placed within a Microsoft Word document. 

Electronic Submission- If you are submitting comments, please ensure comments are labeled by waiver and by appendix.  Comments should be sent to 

Comments may also be sent via U.S. Mail or fax to:

Deanna Parker
The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
PO Box 1797
Richmond, Virginia 23218-1797
Fax: Deanna Parker, (804) 692-0077



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