May 27th, 2023

 Attestation and Initial & Final Reports

 HHSC’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Provider Retention Payments are part of the HHSC ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) Spending Plan. These “Retention Payments” were meant to be a temporary rate add-on on eligible service claims with dates of service from March 1, 2022 to August 31, 2022, to agency providers and consumer-directed services (CDS) employers.

HHSC adopted 1 Texas Administrative Code Section 355.207 governing the ARPA HCBS Provider Retention Payments, including the attestation and reporting requirements. Eligible providers who receive the add-ons but fail to complete the required attestation and reporting will be subject to recoupment of the associated payment add-ons.

HHSC has updated the ARPA HCBS Provider Retention Payments Compliance List on the Provider Finance Department (PFD) website. The list of providers who have submitted an attestation and reporting requirements will be updated every 14 calendar days until the attestation is closed.

 Failure to comply will result in recoupment.  Please check HHSC’s most current HCBS Provider Retention Payment compliance list to be sure it accurately reflects your submissions. The list is available at:

If you are an eligible provider who is not yet in compliance, please visit the PFD website to access and complete the attestation and reports. The deadline for the attestation and reports is 90 calendar days after the federally-declared COVID-19 PHE expired.  The federally-declared PHE expired on May 11, 2023.  The deadline for the ARPA HCBS Provider Retention Payments attestation and reporting has been extended to August 9, 2023.

For more information regarding ARPA HCBS provider recruitment and retention payments, please visit the PFD website.