Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD)

What is DBMD?

The DBMD program provides home and community-based services to people who are deaf-blind with multiple disabilities as a cost-effective alternative to institutional placement. The program focuses on increasing opportunities for consumers to communicate and interact with their environment.

Provider Communications

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Contact Program Staff

  • Provider/policy information: 512-438-2622
  • Contracting information: 512-438-3550
  • DBMD Interest List information: 1-877-438-5658
  • Eligibility, enrollment, ID/RC, transfer, suspension, termination, renewal, and revision information: 512-438-4896
  • MDCP/DBMD Escalation Helpline:  844-999-9543

Statutes & Rules

State

Federal

Other Rules and Statutes

Communications

Information & Provider Letters

Case-sensitive. Use commas to separate multiple entries.
Note: These files are in PDF format unless otherwise noted.
Number Title/Notes Date Published
IL 2023-07 Implementation of Individualized Skills and Socialization
IL 2023-04 Individual Plan of Care (IPC) Updates to Add Individualized Skills and Socialization
IL 2023-01 Payment Rates for Individualized Skills and Socialization Services in the DBMD, HCS, and TxHmL waiver programs Effective January 1, 2023

Note: Replaces IL 2022-56

IL 2022-59 IL 2022-59 Assessment of DBMD ALF Settings for Compliance with Federal HCBS Settings
IL 2022-58 2022 Cost Report and 2022 or 2023 Accountability Report Training Information
IL 2022-52 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Provider Retention Payments Attestation and Reporting Requirements
IL 2022-53 Requirements for Providers Seeking to Deliver New Individualized Skills and Socialization Services
IL 2022-46 Information Letter No. 2022-46 (Revised) Payment Rates for Financial Management Services Agencies Effective September 1, 2022
IL2022-45 Payment Rates for Financial Management Services Agencies Effective September 1, 2022
IL 2022-43 Fiscal Year 2022 Cutoff Date for Year-end Closeout Processing