CLTS Waiver Program Service Rates Initiative

Children's Long-Term Support (CLTS) Waiver Rates Now Available

Online Forum Recordings

Statewide Rate-Setting Orientation

Statewide Rate-Setting Orientation for Financial Management Services Providers

Opportunity for Input

Updated Manual: Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver for the Children’s Long-Term Services (CLTS) Waiver Program 

Waiver Amendment

Children's Long-Term Support (CLTS) Waiver Amendment for Statewide Uniform Rate-Setting Initiative

County Waiver Agency (CWA) Transition Guidance

About the Rate-Setting Initiative

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have directed the State of Wisconsin to create a uniform rate-setting methodology for most CLTS waiver services as per the home and community-based service (HCBS) 1915(c) regulations. The current practice, in which individual county waiver agencies set rates directly with providers, will no longer be allowed by CMS. The DHS will implement the new rate methodology and supporting systems in January 2019.

CMS outlined the following guidelines for creating the statewide rate-setting methodology. The waiver must describe:

  1. The rate-setting methodology used for each waiver service.
  2. How the state exercises financial oversight to ensure that rates are determined and paid in accordance with a uniform methodology that ensures consistent rate structure for each specific service.
  3. How the state solicits public comment on rate determination methods.
  4. How information about payment rates is made available to waiver participants.
  5. Whether this rate determination method is used for determining self-directed budgets or if some other method is used and applied consistently to each waiver participant.

Services Included in Rate-Setting Initiative

  • Adult family home
  • Case management
  • Child care
  • Community integration services
  • Counseling and therapeutic services
  • Daily living skills training
  • Day services
  • Financial management services
  • Mentoring
  • Nursing services
  • Respite
  • Supported employment
  • Supportive home care
  • Transportation

    Services Exempt From Rate-Setting Initiative

    • Adaptive aids
    • Children's foster care
    • Communication aids
    • Consumer education and training
    • Home modifications
    • Housing counseling
    • Personal emergency response systems
    • Relocation services
    • Specialized medical and therapeutic supplies
    • Training for unpaid caregivers


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    Last Revised: July 1, 2020