Beginning July 1 the Minnesota Department of Human Services will enroll providers to deliver a new early intensive intervention Medical Assistance benefit for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Families and children will be able to access services later this summer.
Under the new benefit, covered services will be designed to improve social interaction, communication and behavioral regulation skills at a critical time in development, promoting fuller participation by children in their family, schools and community life.
Families interested in the new benefit should contact their county, tribe or managed care plan.
More information is available in a news release and on the DHS website.
DHS is looking for comments on two proposed regional adjustment factor options (PDF) detailed in the Minnesota Regional Variation Analysis Final Report Jan. 30, 2015 (PDF). We would apply regional adjustment factors to the framework rates in the Disability Waiver Rate System.
Implementation depends on the comments we receive, more stakeholder input and so on. Find more information on the Disability Waiver Rates system Web page.
This analysis and the opportunity for public comment are requirements of Minn. Stat. §256B.4914.
The comment period begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015, and ends at 4 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2015. Email comments to DSD.PublicComments@state.mn.us.
You can also join a question-and-answer session on July 22, 2015, to discuss the Disability Waiver Rate Variance Research Project. See the event flyer (PDF) for additional details.
These changes allow us to:
We would like to receive some feedback on these changes from consumers, family, lead agencies, provider agencies and other interested stakeholders. We plan to:
1. Incorporate your feedback into service definitions we are developing.
2. Post these definitions for public comment in August.
3. Submit the service definitions to CMS with the waiver amendments in the fall.
Please see the flyer (PDF) for more information, including how to register.
In an ad in May’s issue of Access Press, DHS has made the following statement concerning employment of people with disabilities and current policy changes that are shaping the future of work for people with disabilities:
For decades, people with disabilities, their families and community members have together made tremendous progress to expand civil rights and increase opportunities. That work not only continues today, but is expanding in exciting ways.
We know that people want opportunities to be a part of the general workforce. However, too often people with disabilities don’t see how it’s possible or have difficulty getting what they need to work. In fact, a recent report showed that the majority of Minnesotans with disabilities who are unemployed want a job but have no job goal in their service plan.*
Recent changes happening both nationally and in Minnesota have provided openings to improve services in ways that strengthen quality of life – so people with disabilities have places to belong as well as places to be within their community.
The State of Minnesota is committed to improving services and offering people more choices for their lives. These changes present a chance to expand upon the services we currently have.
With every change comes uncertainty and legitimate questions and concerns. We know services will look different, but we also know they won’t happen overnight.
We can’t predict exactly what the future will look like, but we are dedicated to working alongside people with disabilities and our state agency partners as we thoughtfully build on the progress created over the decades.
As planning begins we will share more information about ways to be involved. To learn about Minnesota’s HCBS Rule go to www.mn.gov/dhs/hcbs-transition. To learn more about Olmstead and the Employment First Policy go to Minnesota Olmstead's Plan website. To learn more about WIOA, see this factsheet.
* From the National Core Indicators Project, ICI National Survey of State IDD Agencies, 2015