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  • A new 30-day public comment period begins Nov. 10 on HCBS Rule Transition Plan

    DHS will have a public comment period on the Minnesota Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Transition Plan (PDF). The plan applies to the following home and community-based services waivers:

    • Brain Injury (BI)
    • Community Alternative Care (CAC)
    • Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI)
    • Developmental Disabilities (DD)
    • Elderly Waiver (EW).
    This plan shows how Minnesota will comply with new federal rules for Medical Assistance home and community-based services for people with disabilities and older adults. CMS and DHS designed the new rules so people receiving home and community-based services have full access to the:
    • Benefits of community living
    • Opportunity to receive services in the most integrated setting.
    DHS will accept comments on the transition plan from 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, through 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Email comments to HCBS.Settings@state.mn.us no later than 4:30 p.m., CST, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.
     
    DHS also will accept public comments at a statewide video conference from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. See HCBS transition plan video conferences (PDF) for a list of locations and registration instructions.
     
    For more information or to submit comments, please email HCBS.Settings@state.mn.us
  • DHS seeks qualified 245D providers with immediate capacity to serve people with complex needs

    DHS wants to hear from the following 245D-provider types if they have immediate capacity to serve people with highly complex behavioral and/or medical support needs:

    • Residential services providers
    • Home-based habilitation services providers
    • Supported living services providers.

    For more information about this and instructions on how to connect with DHS, see the Nov. 18 eList announcement.

  • DHS seeks qualified 245D providers to consult on person-centered planning and or positive support practices

    DHS asks 245D providers to let us know if they have the ability to provide individual consultation on positive support practices and/or person-centered planning. The consultants would work with other providers who have requested help to serve people with highly complex behavioral and/or medical support needs. To qualify to consult, potential providers must have

    • The ability to provide individual consultation on positive support practices and/or person-centered planning to current providers of waiver recipients with highly complex needs within 30 days
    • Current employees who have training and experience necessary to provide the consultation.

    For more information about this and instructions on how to connect with DHS, see the Nov. 18 consultant eList announcement.

  • New positive supports content added to the Partners and Providers section of the DHS website

    Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, Minnesota law requires all providers to transition away from use of punitive practices and procedures such as seclusion and restraint, which are now prohibited. Instead, providers must use positive supports.

    DHS wants to help connect providers and lead agencies to the right resources, training and answers throughout the transition. See the new positive supports information for partners and providers page for more information.

  • New DHS resource for news and updates about home and community-based services (HCBS) reforms

    DHS developed the Making sense of systems change page to help providers and lead agencies stay informed during the implementation of home and community-based services (HCBS) reforms. DHS recognizes the many changes, such the new rates system and the transition to positive supports, have been difficult and confusing.

    We feel it is important to address common misunderstandings and provide awareness about what resources are available to help. There are tools in place to assist you; we want to connect you with them. Please check the page weekly for updates. DHS will use it to deliver information about:

    • News
    • Training (webinars, events, video conferences, etc.)
    • Links to policy clarification and resources
    • Technical assistance.

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