Using the Home and Community-Based Services Toolkit
Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) are used to support many types of people across the lifespan. HCBS help people live and work in their homes and communities while avoiding institutional settings. These services assist people in living their lives on their own with the supports that they choose. Examples of these supports include managing medications, preparing meals, shopping, and learning new skills.
HCBS and programs must make sure that:
- Services are based on each person's needs and a person-centered plan of care.
- People's health and welfare are protected.
- Standards for providers are reasonable while meeting the needs of the population of people who need services.
- Supports provided do not cost more than the services that would be offered in an institutional setting.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) made an online HCBS Provider Toolkit for organizations seeking information about HCBS waiver services. This toolkit is a resource that can be used while completing these modules.