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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 30. Department Of Medical Assistance Services
Chapter 122. Community Waiver Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
6/21/2021

12VAC30-122-320. Community engagement service.

A. Service description.

1. Community engagement service means a service that supports and fosters an individual's abilities to acquire, retain or improve skills necessary to build positive social behavior, interpersonal competence, greater independence, employability, and personal choices necessary to access typical activities and functions of community life such as those chosen by the general population. The community engagement service may include community education or training and volunteer activities.

2. The community engagement service shall provide a wide variety of opportunities to facilitate and build relationships and natural supports in the community, while utilizing the community as a learning environment. These activities are conducted at naturally occurring times and in a variety of natural settings in which the individual may actively interact with persons without disabilities, other than those who are being paid to support the individual. The activities shall enhance the individual's involvement with the community and facilitate the development of relationships and natural supports.

3. The community engagement service shall be covered in the FIS, CL, and BI waivers.

B. Criteria and allowable activities.

1. The community engagement service shall be provided in the least restrictive and most integrated community settings possible according to the individual's plan for supports and individual choice.

2. Allowable activities shall include, as appropriate for the individual as documented in his plan for supports:

a. Skill building, education, support, and monitoring that assists the individual with the acquisition and retention of skills in the following areas: (i) participation in activities and public events in the community, (ii) participation in community educational activities and events, (iii) development of interests and activities that encourage therapeutic use of leisure time, (iv) participation in volunteer experiences, (v) maintenance of contact with family and friends, and (vi) development of independence in activities of daily living.

b. Skill building and education in self-direction designed to enable the individual to achieve one or more of the following outcomes, particularly through community collaborations and social connections developed by the provider (e.g., partnerships with community entities such as senior centers, arts councils): (i) development of self-advocacy skills; (ii) exercise of civil rights; (iii) acquisition of skills that promote the ability to exercise self-control and responsibility over services and supports received or needed; (iv) acquisition of skills that enable the individual to become more independent, integrated, or productive in the community; (v) development of communication skills and abilities; (vi) furtherance of spiritual practices as desired by the individual; (vii) participation in cultural activities as desired by the individual; (viii) development of skills that enhance career planning goals in the community; (ix) development of living skills; (x) promotion of health and wellness, including administration of medication; (xi) development of orientation to the community and mobility in the community; (xii) access to and utilization of public transportation so as to develop the ability to achieve the desired destination; or (xiii) interaction with volunteers from the community in program activities.

c. Providing routine supports and safety supports with transportation to and from community locations and resources.

C. Service units and limitations.

1. Community engagement service shall be a tiered service for reimbursement purposes.

2. The unit of service shall be one hour.

3. The community engagement service alone or in combination with the group day service, community coaching service, workplace assistance service, or supported employment service shall not exceed 66 hours per week.

4. Other than time for planning community activities, this service shall be delivered in the community and shall not take place in a licensed residential or day setting or in the individual's residence.

5. This service may be provided in groups no larger than three individuals with a minimum of one DSP.

6. This service may include planning community activities with the individuals present in a group of no more than three individuals, although this shall be limited to no more than 10% of the total number of authorized hours per month.

7. Providers shall only be reimbursed for the tier to which the individual has been assigned based on the individual's assessed and documented needs.

D. Provider qualifications and requirements.

1. Providers shall meet all of the requirements set out in 12VAC30-122-110 through 12VAC30-122-140.

2. Providers shall be licensed by DBHDS as providers of the non-center-based day support service.

3. Providers shall have a current, signed provider participation agreement with DMAS in order to provide this service. The provider designated in the participation agreement shall directly provide the service and bill DMAS for reimbursement.

4. Providers shall ensure that staff providing community engagement service meet provider training and competency requirements as specified in 12VAC30-122-180.

5. The DSP providing community engagement service shall not be an immediate family member of an individual receiving the community engagement service. For an individual receiving sponsored residential service, the DSP providing the community engagement service shall not be a member of the sponsored family residing in the sponsored residential home.

E. Service documentation and requirements.

1. Providers shall include signed and dated documentation of the following in each individual's record:

a. A copy of the completed, standard, age-appropriate assessment form as described in 12VAC30-122-200.

b. The provider's plan for supports per requirements detailed in 12VAC30-122-120.

c. Documentation as detailed in 12VAC30-122-120. Data shall be collected as described in the ISP, analyzed to determine if the strategies are effective, summarized, and then clearly documented in the progress notes or supports checklist.

d. Documentation to support units of service delivered, and the documentation shall correspond with billing. Providers shall maintain separate documentation for each type of service rendered for an individual.

e. A written review supported by documentation in the individual's record, which is submitted to the support coordinator at least quarterly with the plan for supports modified. For the annual review and every time supporting documentation is updated, the supporting documentation shall be reviewed with the individual or family/caregiver, as appropriate, and such review shall be documented.

f. An attendance log or similar document that is maintained and indicates the date, type of service rendered, and the number of hours and units provided, including the specific timeframe.

g. All correspondence to the individual and individual's family/caregiver, as appropriate, the support coordinator, DMAS, and DBHDS.

h. Written documentation of all contacts with family/caregiver, physicians, providers, and all professionals regarding the individual.

2. Supervision of DSP shall be provided consistent with the requirements in 12VAC30-122-120 by a supervisor meeting the requirements of 12VAC35-105-590. Providers shall make available for inspection documentation of supervision, and this documentation shall be completed and signed by the staff person designated to perform the supervision and oversight. This documentation shall include, at a minimum, the following: (i) date of contact or observation, (ii) person contacted or observed, (iii) a summary about the direct support professional's performance and service delivery, and (iv) any action planned or taken to correct problems identified during supervision and oversight.

3. Provider documentation shall support all claims submitted for DMAS reimbursement. Claims for payment that are not supported by supporting documentation shall be subject to recovery by DMAS or its designee as a result of utilization reviews or audits.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 1396 et seq.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 37, Issue 14, eff. March 31, 2021.

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