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The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides Minnesotans with a variety of services intended to help people live as independently as possible.

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Public participation

DHS invites client, stakeholder and citizen involvement in its initiatives and proposed program changes. The following are current opportunities for participation.

Public comment period available for new direct and indirect support policy

DHS has issued a 30-day public comment period on the new direct and indirect support policy section for home and community-based services (HCBS) waiver programs. Review the new language on the draft of the Brain Injury (BI), Community Alternative Care (CAC), Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI) and Developmental Disabilities (DD) waiver general process and procedures page.


Submit comments to DSD.PublicComments@state.mn.us no later than 4 p.m. Central Time, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. After the public comment period, DHS will make appropriate changes to policy and post in the Community Based Services Manual (CBSM) .

Public comment period on proposed CFSS 1915(b)(4) Waiver

DHS announces a public comment period on the proposed Community First Services and Supports, 1915(b)(4) Waiver. If federally approved, the 1915 (b)(4) waiver would allow DHS to selectively contract for two types of service providers to support individuals in the new Community First Services and Supports program (CFSS).

DHS is accepting comments from 8 a.m. Monday, July 7, through 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Email comments in response to this waiver to DSD.PublicComments@state.mn.us no later than 4 p.m., CT, Wednesday Aug. 13, 2014.

View the official announcement in the Minnesota State Register, Monday, July 7, 2014, Page 7 (PDF). View the draft of the proposed CFSS waiver language (PDF).

There was an issue with the link to the draft language not posting in the Register. DHS is republishing the notice in the July 14 issue of the State Register and extending the date that comments are due to Aug. 13, 2014.

Public comment period on draft Employment First Policy

Minnesota's Olmstead Plan directs the state to adopt an Employment First Policy and use the policy and principles in the future design and delivery of services. This is the responsibility of the Minnesota Olmstead Sub-cabinet.

As a first step, the Minnesota Employment Learning Community is asked to discuss strategies that adopt Employment First principles, informed choice and support of job seekers who choose work.

The Minnesota Learning Community, sponsored by the Minnesota departments of Human Services; Employment and Economic Development; and Education, is seeking public comment on a DRAFT Employment First Policy (PDF) for the sub-cabinet to consider. This policy is:

DHS is receiving comments from 8 a.m. on Monday, July 7, 2014, through 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Submit comments on the draft to DSD.PublicComments@state.mn.us no later than 4 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2014. View a copy of the draft on the ELC Web page.

Minnesota Employment Learning Community is looking for members

The Minnesota Employment Learning Community is looking for members for the 2014 to 2015 school year. This year’s focus is on employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities between the ages of 14 and 26.

Learning communities are groups of people who share a passion on a particular issue or topic. They bring knowledge to the group and are willing to work together to learn how to make something better. Learning communities are sometimes known as communities of practice.

More information about this community and what it means to participate is available on the Minnesota Employment Learning Community Web page.

If you would like to be a member and work together to achieve employment for people with disabilities, please complete the Statement of Interest Form (PDF). The form includes instructions how to submit (mail or fax) the application. Applications are due no later than Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force

The Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force was created to examine and provide Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson with recommendations on the processes relating to the civil commitment of sex offenders in Minnesota.

Advisory groups

Many advisory committees provide expertise and input on a regular basis to help DHS create and implement program changes. Most committees are comprised of members from outside DHS. A complete list of DHS advisory committees is online.

Volunteering

DHS welcomes volunteer help on an ongoing basis at Forensic Services in St. Peter.


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