Rice praised the USPRA
. "It tries hard to give our staff the tools to take an innovation and translate it into a reality; tries hard to provide the skills and supports needed to have every individual we serve have a successful life, a satisfied life, a community life."
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will soon release proposed regulations for Medicaid's Rehabilitation Option which, in CMS's own words, will clarify rehabilitation services by "clearly defining allowable services that may be claimed as rehabilitation services, which are optional Medicaid services typically offered to individuals with special needs or disabilities to help improve their health and quality of life." A full comment period is expected, and behavioral health agencies and associations, such as the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA), will have the opportunity to weigh in and help shape the final regulations.
And while the regulations for rehabilitation services have been drafted, CMS expects, but more importantly welcomes, feedback during the comment period from organizations such as USPRA, rehabilitation providers, and individuals affected by the proposed regulations.