COVID-19 Resources

Good Afternoon,

The Department for Medicaid Services wants to share more resources with our 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services waiver stakeholders as we all deal with the COVID-19 state of emergency. Thanks to our partners at the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities for compiling this list. We hope you find the following information helpful.


Kentucky COVID-19 Website:
University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute – a number of helpful resource links:
Center for Disease Control (CDC) website
National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) Toolkit for DSPs
NADSP Onboarding DSPs during COVID-19 Crisis
Social Security Administration (SSA) has made significant changes to its operations and policies
Coping with Stress during infectious disease outbreaks
Managing Anxiety and Stress
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Resources and Information
Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak
Adaptive physical activity videos

Role of the DSP and the Coronavirus – March 27 – 1PM ET


Underlying Medical Conditions and People at Higher Risk for COVID-19 March 27 – 2PM


Answering 20 Questions about COVID-19 Recorded Webinar

Answering 20 Questions about COVID-19

Dr. Jay Butler discusses the current state of the outbreak, what CDC is doing to respond, and how organizations and the public can help. Closed captioning is available in a separate browser window here:

Posted by CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Remember, you can find the latest waiver-related COVID-19 information at COVID-19 information for all of Kentucky Medicaid can be found at

If you have waiver-related questions or concerns, please email the 1915(c) Waiver Help Desk at

Corona Update

Good Morning,

Late yesterday the Senate passed and the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  Among other things, the bill includes a 6.2 percentage point FMAP bump for Medicaid, emergency paid sick and family leave, unfortunately it did not include caretaking for adults with disabilities or seniors whose programs have closed or whose workers are sick which we hope will get addressed in the next package The Senate take the lead on drafting the third package, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that Senate will stay in session until the third package passes, so now is the time to reach out to your Senators AND Representatives.

 Please share our new action alert widely! This includes what we want to see in the third package, including specific asks around creating a grant program to support HCBS and the DSP workforce, permanent MFP and raising asset limits:  It is very important that legislators hear from constituents so that we can get our issues including in the third COVID-19 package. We are also signing onto letters to ensure protections to small businesses are extended to non-profit organizations and raising those issues on the Hill. Thank you for all that you are doing, be well!

Medicaid Update

The Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) is announcing a new official public comment period for the amended 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers. This official public comment period will focus on amendments to three appendices of the waiver applications which were updated based on the outcome of the 1915(c) HCBS Rate Study. Please read the public comment notice for details.