2018 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hope
Increase DD Waiver Group Supported Employment Rate

Item 303 #4h

Item 303 #4h

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Health and Human Resources
Department of Medical Assistance Services FY2019 $175,000 FY2020 $175,000 GF
FY2019 $175,000 FY2020 $175,000 NGF

Page 257, line 34, strike "$10,983,034,643" and insert "$10,983,384,643".
Page 257, line 34, strike "$12,657,131,076" and insert "$12,657,481,076".

Page 278, after line 4, insert:

"PPP.  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 fiscal year 2018 BLS for Northern Virginia and to 75 percent of the fiscal year 2018 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 $175,000 each year from the general fund and a like amount of matching federal Medicaid funds and language to increase the group supported employment reimbursement rate in the recently redesigned 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.)