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Minn. Stat. §256B.0911, subd. 2b establishes training and certification requirements for the MnCHOICES assessment process. MnCHOICES Certified Assessor Training (MnCAT) prepares assessors to conduct assessments and use the MnCHOICES Web-based application. Certified assessors recertify every three years.
Once DHS implements the MnCHOICES assessment process, lead agencies must use trained and certified assessors. Certified assessors need to have a common set of skills and knowledge in best practices and use person-centered principles. Training and certification helps ensure consistency across assessments for long-term services and supports. Certified assessor training also supports the opportunity for equal access to services statewide.
To become a certified assessor, candidates must have a minimum of one of the following:
DHS designed a training curriculum and developed a certification process. Training and certification includes four steps:
Step 1 - Foundation: Candidates need to demonstrate a basic understanding about a variety of topics such as programs and services, formal and informal supports, funding sources, data practices and so on.
Step 2 - Principles: Candidates take seven online courses to learn to perform MnCHOICES assessments and support planning functions. Candidates must pass a test following each course.
Step 3 - Application: Through online training and hands-on experience, candidates learn how to access and navigate MnCHOICES. They demonstrate their ability to use MnCHOICES by completing an assessment and attending a Multidisciplinary Learning Lab.
Step 4 - Recertification: Assessors participate in professional development activities, document their experience and describe how the activities improve their knowledge and skills to be a certified assessor.
MnCHOICES Certified Assessor Training Steps 1 and 2 are available in TrainLink.
Step 3 is only available to staff employed by or under contract with a lead agency at the time their agency is preparing to launch MnCHOICES. Candidates are provided a special URL to TrainLink that allows them to access Step 3 training. In addition, the lead agency also provides the candidate with access to the MnCHOICES Training Zone (MTZ) to complete the Step 3 training and practice until their agency launches.
Send an email to DHS.Mnchoices@state.mn.us with questions or comments about certified assessor training.