CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership

HCBS ACT: What the HCBS Settings Rule Means for You

The deadline for implementation of the HCBS Settings Regulations is on March 17, 2022. While the reporting requirements fall on state agencies, the direct responsibility for success falls on the individual support providers.

This webinar shared an overview of the HCBS Settings Regulations, the implications for agencies, and the effect on the lives of those receiving supports as well as their families.

You Will Learn About:

  • General expectations and requirements established by CMS
  • Impact on issues like privacy, security, independence, rights, etc.
  • Effect on physically accessibility of environments
  • Person-Centered Planning Requirements
  • And More!






Leanne MullLeanne Mull | CQL Quality Enhancement Specialist

After fifteen years of working for a traditional human service agency, Leanne is living her dream by advocating for meaningful lives for people with disabilities. Leanne believes that this can be attained through encouraging, educating and enlightening support staff and provider organizations, while empowering people with disabilities to discover, express and achieve their individually-defined outcomes. Leanne strives towards this mission, by serving as a Quality Enhancement Specialist for the CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership, and as the Organizational Coordinator for the Illinois Self Advocacy Alliance. As support staff for the Alliance, Leanne assists the Board of Directors in identifying goals and activities for Alliance member groups, supporting Alliance member groups and advisors in the Chicago Southland, as well as supporting Alliance members to talk about their lives and what they want during presentations and on statewide committees. Leanne currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Arc of Illinois.  


Kathy CarmodyKathy Carmody | CEO,  Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities

Kathy Carmody, MSW is CEO of the Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities. The Institute is an Illinois statewide membership organization whose mission is to promote policy and practice that assures that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have access to services and supports that enable them to pursue meaningful and valued lives. In her role as CEO, Kathy works extensively with stakeholders and policy-makers across Illinois on behalf of people receiving HCBS services. Kathy serves as Chair of the Life Choices Initiative Team 4 which is charged with designing the person centered planning process that will enable Illinois to demonstrate compliance with current CMS requirements. In this role, Kathy has worked closely with families and self-advocates, including presenting webinars and training events to both educate and solicit input regarding the Illinois process. Kathy has extensive knowledge regarding the HCBS regulations and has been asked to provide input into the Illinois State Transition Plan. Kathy works with leaders from other states to analyze their community systems and help Illinois adopt practices and support models that promote maximum community participation, self-direction and individualization.


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