Assessment Information

The California Statewide Transition Plan (STP) outlines the steps the state will take to be in alignment with the HCBS Final Rule. These steps include an evaluation of current services through a self-assessment, a review and sample of on-site assessments to validate the results of the self-assessment, input from individuals receiving services, and the completion of transition plans for services that are not in alignment with the Final Rule.



Providers of some regional center services are required to complete an online self-assessment (provided below) to measure their current level of compliance with the HCBS Final Rules, offering a framework for assisting providers with the necessary steps to align their services with the federal requirements. If a provider is not in compliance with all the requirements, there is time to develop a transition plan so the provider can achieve compliance by March 2023, the date by which states have to implement the federal requirements.

The Department announced the Self-Assessment Process in a letter to regional centers on January 23, 2020. Providers had until August 31, 2020, to complete the self-assessment, as announced on the directive to regional centers regarding requirements waived due to COVID-19.

Virtual Site Assessment

The Department announced the virtual site assessment process in a letter to regional centers on March 23, 2021. Below is additional information and training.

The Department held a training on the virtual site assessment process.  A recording of this training can be found here.

Assessment Validation and Remediation

The Department announced the process of validating provider self-assessments and remediating services reporting to be out of compliance in a letter to regional centers on May 20, 2022.

The Department released additional guidance to regional centers on November 8, 2022, setting a deadline of December 5, 2022, for service providers to submit necessary documents evidencing compliance with the HCBS Final Rule and/or a plan for updating necessary documents prior to March 17, 2023.

The Department, in its directive issued on January 24, 2023, is requiring regional centers to take additional action steps, impacting those providers who have not yet submitted the required documentation regarding compliance with the HCBS Final Rule.

Training on best practices and ways to align services with the HCBS Final Rule can be found here.  Additional training and information will be provided ongoing, and will be posted to the Department’s website here.

Compliance Reporting

In accordance with Welfare and Institutions Code section 4519.2(b), each regional center and the Department must post HCBS Final Rule compliance information on its website, and shall update the information no less frequently than every six months.  The information in the document listed below, showing both statewide and regional center breakdowns, is collected from provider assessments and is further broken down by service type.


Last modified: January 25, 2023