2017 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Filler-Corn
Increase DD Waiver Group Supported Employment Payments

Item 306 #25h

Item 306 #25h

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Health and Human Resources
Department of Medical Assistance Services FY2017 $0 FY2018 $250,000 GF
FY2017 $0 FY2018 $250,000 NGF

Page 284, line 40, strike "$9,714,745,576" and insert "$9,715,245,576".

Page 311, after line 41, insert:

"WWWW. The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall adjust the direct support staff wage assumption from 50 percent of the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) included in the Developmentally Disabled Waiver programs to 90 percent of the BLS for Northern Virginia and to 75 percent of the BLS for the rest of the state for reimbursing providers of group supported employment.  The department shall have the authority to promulgate emergency regulations to implement this amendment within 280 days or less from the enactment date of this act."


(This amendment adds language to increase the group supported employment reimbursement rate in the newly designed Developmentally Disabled waiver programs. This rate was reduced during the redesign of the waiver programs and jeopardizes employment for individuals with significant disabilities that need supervision in the community. A more realistic reimbursement rate will assist in the recruitment and retention of competent professional staff to provide quality community-based employment.)