People with Disabilities


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  • 2014 Home and Community-Based Services Report Card meetings

    Exciting opportunity for people with disabilities, older Minnesotans, service providers and families

    The 2013 Minnesota Legislature directed the commissioners of Human Services and Health to develop recommendations for a home and community-based services report card. Information from the report card will make it possible for people, their family members or friends, caregivers and others to make the most informed decision about services they choose.  Supported employment, independent living skills and assisted living will be among the first services having report cards.

    There is a series of meetings set up to:

    • Discuss and build consensus about the contents of the report card
    • Share mock ups of the consumer reviews site and
    • Review features that create the metrics and ranking of services.

    The roadshows begin the week of Sept. 8, 2014. Be sure to check for dates, times, locations and registration information.

    The August 2014 Home and Community Based Services Report Card Legislative Report (PDF) is now available.

  • 30-day public comment period begins on Interim HCBS Rule Transition Plan
    DHS has announced a public comment period on the expanded Interim Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule Transition Plan (PDF) following recent guidance from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The CMS final rule sets regulations the state must use to improve the quality of home and community-based services. The final rule also aims for people receiving home and community-based services to have full access to the:
    • Benefits of community living
    • Opportunity to receive services in the most integrated setting.

    Following a  public comment period on the intent to develop a transition plan last spring, CMS requested a more detailed plan and this second public comment period. DHS also will schedule  a public comment period on a final plan to be released in the coming weeks.

    DHS will accept comments on the interim plan from 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29 through 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Email comments to no later than 4:30 p.m., CST, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.

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