The Rule Making Process is a very important part of Public Policy. After legislation is passed, rules are made to implement the statutory change and to implement any new statute that has been passed by the legislature.

Working with state administrators to develop rules to implement public policy and monitoring their implementation of new policies is a critically important part of advocacy.

An Admin istrative Rule can be thought of as a standard, guide, regulation or instruction of general applicability which is established to implement or enforce provisions of a statute administered by the Department.

According to Florida 's Rule Making Handbook "In order to carry out the laws enacted by the Legislature, government agencies adopt legally binding rules. Rules are a road map for dealing with government, providing a path to the desired destination and conditions under which the trip must be made. Rules are intended to facilitate the governmental process, level the playing field, and protect the rights of all."

The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council will keep part of our web site open to alert you on upcoming rule opportunities for public comment and information .We will post rules for DOE, DOH, AHCA, APD, DCF and the Department of Elder Affairs that are generally in line with our legislative priorities and/or our state plan.

We will highlight Rules that we think are very important by sending the notice to our mailing lists.



Florida Medicaid home and Community Based Settings Rule Statewide Transition Plan 
The Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) is submitting the Statewide Transition Plan to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in compliance with the Home and Community-Based (HCB) Settings Rule (CMS 2249-F).  The Statewide Transition Plan includes the following information related to the State’s implementation activities: implementation plan, systemic assessment crosswalk, residential and non-residential assessment tools, residential and non-residential HCB setting characteristics trends, and the list of presumptively institutional settings.  The process used to solicit public input on Florida’s Statewide Transition Plan is described in this notice.
Public Notice Period
The HCB Settings Rule requires public notice and a 30-day public comment period to solicit meaningful public input for consideration in the development of the transition plan prior to submission to CMS. The Agency is providing public notice on the Statewide Transition Plan to solicit meaningful public input from recipients, providers, and all stakeholders prior to submitting the transition plan to CMS. The Agency will post the transition plan on its website for public comment beginning August 26, 2016 and ending September 25, 2016. The draft Statewide Transition Plan can be viewed on the Agency’s website at the following link:
A copy of the transition plan is also available upon request. Requests can be made by telephone or email as specified below, or in person at any AHCA Medicaid office. 
When submitting written comments by postal service or email, please have “Statewide Transition Plan” contained in the subject line. Mail comments and suggestions to: Agency for Health Care Administration, Attention: HCBS Waivers, 2727 Mahan Drive, MS 20, Tallahassee, Florida 32308. Email your comments and suggestions to:
For more information, you may contact: Kaleema Muhammad at (850) 412-4077 or email: If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact us using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800) 955-8771 (TDD) or 1 (800) 955-8770 (Voice).

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