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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.

Comment period open to rename the Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI) Waiver

DHS is seeking help to rename the Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI) Waiver using person-first language. Person-first language emphasizes the individual instead of a diagnosis or disability. Ideally, the new name would maintain the commonly understood CADI acronym.

Submit comments to DSD.PublicComments@state.mn.us no later than 4 p.m. Central Time, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.

Second 30-day public comment period available for new direct and indirect support policy

A second 30-day public comment period has been added for the direct and indirect support policy for home and community-based (HCBS) waiver programs. After a review of the comments from the previous 30-day public comment period, DHS added supported employment language to the policy.

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 by 4 p.m. Central Time, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. After the public comment period, DHS will update the Community Based Services Manual (CBSM).

DHS preparing for MinnesotaCare's transition to Basic Health Program

On Jan. 1, 2015, federal authority to operate MinnesotaCare will transition from Medicaid to the new Basic Health Program (BHP) in the Affordable Care Act. DHS is seeking federal approval to transition MinnesotaCare to a BHP. DHS invites the public to review the BHP Blueprint Discussion Draft (PDF). This draft lays out Minnesota’s proposed choices related to eligibility, benefits and cost-sharing, service delivery, operations and fund management. DHS will add sections related to covered services, program integrity and financing later. DHS is also posting an overview of the BHP Discussion Draft (PDF), the Discussion Draft Table of Exhibits (PDF) and a copy of the Basic Health Plan Final Rule (PDF) as additional background information. Send questions regarding the blueprint and related materials to Mark.Siegel@state.mn.us.  DHS will post the final draft of the blueprint for public comment in October.

Public comment period for waiver plan amendments

DHS plans to submit federal waiver plan amendments for the Brain Injury (BI), Community Alternative Care (CAC), Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI) and Developmental Disabilities (DD) waivers after a 30-day public comment period. A summary of the changes in on the first page of the draft of the federal waiver plan amendments (PDF). To request a paper copy of the Federal Waiver Plan Amendments, please call 651-431-4300 or 866-267-7655. DHS will accept comments from 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, through 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Please submit comments to DSD.PublicComments@state.mn.us no later than 4 p.m., CT, Monday, Sept. 29, 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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