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Home and Community-Based Services - Connecticut’s Investment under the American Rescue Plan Act


Home and Community-Based Services - Connecticut’s Investment under the American Rescue Plan Act

The State of Connecticut’s home and community-based services (HCBS) ARPA plan utilizes temporary enhanced federal reimbursement (approximately $240 million for Connecticut) for reinvestment in new qualifying services which support community-based long-term services and supports.

Connecticut’s plan for use of the temporary 10% increase to the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP), enacted under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will provide for the alignment of HCBS initiatives with the state’s longstanding, Governor-led Strategic Rebalancing Plan, across multiple domains like expansion of service options, workforce initiatives, housing, access to community-based services, and nursing facility diversification and modernization.

This reinvestment will involve substantial coordination and cooperation among the Office of Policy and Management and the Departments of Social Services (administering state agency for Medicaid), Developmental Services, and Mental Health & Addiction Services to deliver on Connecticut’s priorities to stabilize and enhance both formal and informal long-term services and supports, to promote and facilitate the use of assistive technology by consumers, caregivers, and providers, to support environmental adaptations and new models of care, and to build capacity through technology improvements.

Connecticut received conditional approval of the State of Connecticut ARPA Spending Plan (revised November 26, 2021), from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on December 23, 2021.

Please click on the Resources link at left for further information and documents.  We hope you find this website section helpful.

--Connecticut Department of Social Services, in collaboration with our HCBS partners.