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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 sought for final draft of blueprint moving MinnesotaCare to Basic Health Plan funding and authorization

On Jan. 1, 2015, federal authority to operate MinnesotaCare will transition from Medicaid to the new Basic Health Plan (BHP) authority enacted by the Affordable Care Act.

DHS held a series of public meetings during the summer of 2014 to provide an overview of the proposed changes to MinnesotaCare and to seek public input and comment about the transition to the Basic Health Program. Federal regulations require Minnesota to submit a “blueprint” describing the policies of the Basic Health Program regarding eligibility and enrollment, premiums and cost-sharing, contracting and service delivery, and financing. DHS posted a discussion draft of the blueprint on its public website for review and comment. Several organizations have submitted comments to DHS about the discussion draft of the blueprint.

DHS is now seeking comments on the BHP Blueprint Final Draft (PDF). The final draft of the blueprint will be submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in November.

As an aid to commenters, DHS is also posting an overview of the BHP Final Draft (PDF), the Final Draft  Table of Exhibits (PDF), and a copy of the final rule governing Basic Health Plans (PDF).

Submit comments to Mark.Siegel@state.mn.us no later than 4 p.m. Central Time, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014.

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. 

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.

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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