American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA)

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA)
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, also called the COVID-19 Stimulus Package or American Rescue Plan, Pub.L. 117–2 (text) (PDF) (March 11, 2021), is a US $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by the 117th United States Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, to speed up the country's recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession.
Section 9817 of ARPA 
Provides states with a temporary 10 percentage point increase to the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) for certain Medicaid expenditures for home and community-based services (HCBS). ARPA funding is available to enhance, expand and/or improve person-centered HCBS. 
  • ARPA provides Connecticut with timely access to funds to support the immediate stabilization of the HCBS workforce and to urgently expand needed growth in HCBS capacity given the shift in preference to HCBS in lieu of institutionalization that occurred during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • ARPA requires that states use the federal funds attributable to the increased FMAP to supplement, not supplant, existing state funds expended for Medicaid HCBS in effect as of April 1, 2021.
  • Requires states to use state funds equivalent to the amount of federal funds attributable to the increased FMAP to implement or supplement the implementation of one or more activities to enhance, expand, or strengthen HCBS under the Medicaid program.


Specific Components Related to DDS Initiatives

Enhance HCBS Workforce

  • Attestation
  • Communications
  • Quarterly Report

Expand and Integrate the Use of Assistive Technology

  • Communications

Enhance Self-Direction

  • Short Term Employment Network Initiative
  • Long Term Employment Network Initiative
  • Expanding FI Services

Enhance and Expand HCBS Delivery Transformation

Committee Overview

ARPA Advisory Transformational Committee

 ARPA Day Transformational Committee

ARPA DDS Engagement Transformational Committee

ARPA Individual and Family Engagement Transformational Committee

ARPA Residential Transformational Committee

Enhance Provider Infrastructure

  • Attestation
  • Communication
  • Quarterly Report
  • DDS Systems Update

Strengthening Quality

  • Universal Assessment
  • NCI Surveys
  • Case Management System
  • Pulse Light
  • Outcome-Based Payments