Delaware's UCEDD Responds to Proposal on CMS Rule

March 2, 2015

The state of Delaware's proposal to comply with the CMS rule on community living drew the following comment Feb. 23 from Beth Mineo, director of the Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware. "Delaware's transition plan is, of necessity, about compliance, but it could be so much more," said Mineo at a public hearing convened by Delaware's Division of Medicaid & Medical Assistance. "Currently, our plan is reactive. It talks about how we will evaluate and remediate services and supports that do not conform to the CMS requirements. It would be so much more powerful," Mineo noted, "if it included a proactive component that could serve as a blueprint for how the services and supports system will look five years from now." Read Mineo's full comments

The state of Delaware's plan is due to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on March 17. You can view it here.  Delaware's largest newspaper, The News Journal, also reported on the Feb. 23 hearing and Mineo's take on Delaware's proposed compliance plan. See it here.

Back in April, AUCD's Andy Imparato, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law's Jennifer Mathis and Mineo led the nation's first CMS town hall of educators, advocates, providers and officials, in Newark, Del. You can view video highlights of the town hall, which explored how the CMS rule will allow more people with disabilities to choose community living over institutional settings, here.