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Residential Care Homes (RCH)

Overview

American Rescue Plan Act Quarterly Payment
In accordance with section 10 of Public Act 22-118 and section 17b-11 of the Connecticut General Statutes (CGS), the Department of Social Services will provide temporary financial assistance through an American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) payment to each licensed RCH currently receiving payments from DSS and meets all applicable requirements.

An RCH that wishes to receive funding must download, carefully review, and complete the forms below. Please complete and return to the Department by emailing completed documents to: con-ratesetting.dss@ct.gov. The RCH Agreement must be completed and is one of the conditions necessary before DSS can make the payment. Please review the entire Agreement carefully. The RCH is eligible for this payment only if it complies with all applicable state and federal laws, regulations, and guidance, including that the RCH must complete the DSS form entitled 'Residential Care Homes: Self-Assessment for Compliance with CMS Home & Community Based Services Final Settings Rule' posted below. The Facility must list its federal Unique Entity ID (UEI) on the signed Agreement. If the Facility does not yet have a UEI, it must register for one at this federal government website: www.SAM.gov.

Payments will be issued quarterly once the forms are completed and returned to the Department. Please return forms to: con-ratesetting.dss@ct.gov. Please contact the Office of Reimbursement & Certificate of Need (CON) with any questions at con-ratesetting.dss@ct.gov

Letter to All Licensed Residential Care Homes
Residential Care Home Agreement
Self-Assessment for Compliance with CMS Home & Community Based Services Final Settings Rule
UEI Fact Sheet
Quarterly Payment File

General Information
Residential Care Homes (RCH) rates are set in accordance with Section 17b-340 (h) CGS and Section 17-311-52 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies. The Department of Social Services (DSS) utilizes the long-term care cost reports (LTC) for privately operated RCH rate setting purposes. The annual rate period is July 1 through June 30, unless modified by the legislature. There are 98 RCH facilities with a total capacity of approximately 2,710 licensed beds that provide services to approximately 2,100 AABD eligible residents. The average rate is approximately $97.00 per day and rates range from a minimum of $35.54 to $44.14 per day. In SFY 2019, AABD program expenditures for RCH services were approximately $75 million. If a facility does not file a cost report, it receives the minimum rate per Sec. 17-311-54 state regulations, and may not receive a retroactive rate increases. Please read the notice for additional information.

Effective July 1, 2022, the rated housing personal needs allowance, used by the Department of Social Services when calculating benefits for the State Supplement program, will increase from $30.36 to $31.79. Notice of Increase

Effective January 1, 2022 the rated housing disregard, used by the Department of Social Services to calculate benefits for the State Supplement program will increase from $269.70 to $316.70. Effective January 1, 2022 each recipient of assistance from the State Supplement program is entitled to keep up to the $316.70 disregard, in addition to the personal needs allowance of $31.79 for a total up to $348.49.06. Notice of Increase

Effective July 1, 2022, the New Horizons personal needs allowance, used by the Department of Social Services when calculating benefits for the State Supplement program, will increase from $137.03 to $143.47. Notice of Increase

Residential Care Home Annual Rate Letters
Residential Care Homes (RCH) rates are set in accordance with Section 17b-340 (h) CGS and Section 17-311-52 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies. The Department of Social Services (DSS) utilizes the long-term care cost reports (LTC) for privately operated RCH rate setting purposes. You may find the annual rate letters issued to Residential Care Homes below.

Annual RCH Rate Letters Effective 7/1/2020 - 6/30/2021
Annual RCH Rate Letters Effective 7/1/2021 - 6/30/2022
Annual RCH Rate Letters Effective 7/1/2022 - 6/30/2023

Additional Information

State Agency Contacts and Resources for RCH residents and facility owners