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5/16/2016 INCAL
CEAL Memo to CMS Regarding HCBS Final Rule

The Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL) has met and communicated with CMS several times regarding the concerns of "locations" of assisted living communities and "secured dementia units" as defined in the HCBS waiver program. On May 16, we received the linked memo from CEAL that was submitted to CMS regarding these concerns. Two major issues were discussed in the memo, 1) defining "qualities of an institution" and 2) addressing specific issues raised by AL communities serving people with dementia that have secured egress. Sections III and IV of the memo address both of these issues. As a next step, CMS has asked that CEAL provide further information on interventions that can be utilized in dementia care, as mentioned in the comments on page 12 of the memo. CEAL will work on providing information to CMS and welcomes information on interventions that your community has found successful.

If you would like to share your community's successful interventions with CEAL, please send those to Katie Niehoff at kniehoff@ihca.org.