People with Disabilities


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  • Request for proposal available

    DHS, through its Disability Services Division, requests proposals for respite programming for individuals with autism.

    Responses submitted from this request for information must be received no later than 4 p.m. Central Time on Friday, June 12, 2015. Late or faxed proposals will not be considered.

    State Register notice Monday, May 4, 2015, page 1547 (PDF)
    Request for proposal (PDF) is posted on the DHS Grants and RFPs webpage.         

  • Employment for people with disabilities: Building on our past, envisioning our future

    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 Home and Community-Based Settings Final Rule by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (often referred to as HCBS Rule)
    • The Minnesota Olmstead Plan, which includes an Employment First Policy
    • The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (often referred to as WIOA).

    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 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

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