About DHS

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


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 begins on Interim Home and Community-Based Services CBS 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 & Medicaid Services (CMS). This rule governs Medical Assistance home and community-based services for people with disabilities and older adults. 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 and the 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
  • This second public comment period.

A public comment period also will be scheduled 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 HCBS.Settings@state.mn.us no later than 4:30 p.m., CST, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. 

Federal comment period open on PMAP+ waiver renewal request

The federal comment period for the PMAP+ waiver renewal request opened Sept. 15, 2014, and will remain open until Oct. 15, 2014.  Submit comments directly to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) via the CMS Medicaid Waivers Web Page.

The PMAP+ waiver authorizes federal funding for the MinnesotaCare program. DHS will seek Basic Health Plan (BHP) funding to run the MinnesotaCare program starting in 2015 instead of using the PMAP+ waiver. The PMAP+ waiver will still be necessary to continue operating some aspects of the current Medical Assistance program, including mandatory managed care for groups that would otherwise be excluded and payment of medical education and research. On June 30, 2014, DHS submitted a request to CMS to renew the PMAP+ waiver through Dec. 31, 2017.

Public input sought on rule governing manual restraints

DHS is hosting informal sessions in September and October aimed at collecting input from the public about a new rule governing positive supports. A schedule of the meetings and more information about participating is on the public input sessions page.

The department is proposing to adopt a rule that requires use of positive support strategies and governs emergency use of manual restraint. The new rule will apply to home and community-based services licensed under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 245D that are provided to people with a disability or people age 65 and older, and to services provided by all department-licensed facilities and programs to people with a developmental disability or a related condition.

A draft of the new rule and forms for submitting input are available on the rule page.

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.


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

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