DHS recently announced a public comment period on the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Transition Plan (PDF). The plan addresses new rules intended to give participants receiving home and community-based services increased choice and integration into the community. DHS will accept comments on the transition plan through 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.
You can email comments to HCBS.Settings@state.mn.us no later than 4:30 p.m., CST, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.
DHS developed the Making sense of systems change page to help providers and lead agencies stay informed during the implementation of home and community-based services (HCBS) reforms. DHS recognizes the many changes, such the new rates system and the transition to positive supports, have been difficult and confusing.
We feel it is important to address common misunderstandings and provide awareness about what resources are available to help. There are tools in place to assist you; we want to connect you with them. Please check the page weekly for updates. DHS will use it to deliver information about:
DHS wants to hear from the following 245D-provider types if they have immediate capacity to serve people with highly complex behavioral and/or medical support needs:
For more information about this and instructions on how to connect with DHS, see the Nov. 18 eList announcement.
DHS asks 245D providers to let us know if they have the ability to provide individual consultation on positive support practices and/or person-centered planning. The consultants would work with other providers who have requested help to serve people with highly complex behavioral and/or medical support needs. To qualify to consult, potential providers must have
For more information about this and instructions on how to connect with DHS, see the Nov. 18 consultant eList announcement.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, Minnesota law requires all providers to transition away from use of punitive practices and procedures such as seclusion and restraint, which are now prohibited. Instead, providers must use positive supports.
DHS wants to help connect providers and lead agencies to the right resources, training and answers throughout the transition. See the new positive supports information for partners and providers page for more information.