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ALEXANDRIA – Numerous providers of services to older Minnesotans, people with disabilities and the deaf and hard of hearing community will receive funding this summer to implement innovative projects designed to improve service quality.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services today announced $3.5 million in performance-improvement funding to 27 projects in 39 Minnesota counties. To be eligible for funding under the Home and Community-based Services Performance-based Incentive Payment Program, authorized by the 2013 Legislature, providers must put strategies in place to improve in a measurable way recipients’ quality of life and/or service quality, or deliver good, quality service more efficiently.
“Home and community-based service providers are key to helping people with disabilities and older adults live independently, which is what most people prefer,” Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson said. “We have found that initiatives like this promote greater, lasting quality and efficiency and a better overall experience for people being served.”
Jesson visited recipient Knute Nelon’s Grand Arbor senior housing facility in Alexandria today to announce the program and see a demonstration of the organization’s GrandCare technology. Knute Nelson Home Care is receiving $350,613 under the program to improve efficiency of services for people with chronic diseases living at home, including implementing GrandCare, an interactive touchscreen used as a communication portal between the client and family caregivers. Since 2012, Knute Nelson has used GrandCare to promote aging in place for older adults with support from a DHS Community Services/Services Development grant.
The new home and community-based services program is similar to one that provides Minnesota nursing homes with additional payments for quality improvement projects. Research has shown that the nursing home program, started in 2006, can be a model for other states and that program participants demonstrated higher quality than nursing homes not in the program.
Projects funded through the home and community-based services program include efforts to promote choice and person-centered care, participant and employee wellness, use of dance and other arts in therapy, cultural competence in providing services, participant employment, and care coordination and disease management through technology.
Projects being funded:
More information about both the home and community-based services program and the nursing facility performance-based incentive payment program (PDF) is available on the DHS website.