Minnesota offers several kinds of technical assistance to help people with disabilities find information about programs, services and supports.
DB101 is a comprehensive benefits and work-planning website created for people with disabilities under age 65, their families, caregivers and professionals. DB101 acts as a key resource to support a larger system change the Disability Services Division is undertaking to help people with disabilities make work a part of the plan.
People with disabilities have choices when it comes to work. Use DB101.org to explore options, learn about work incentives and reach employment goals. A new Partner's section offers professionals tool and resources to improve work outcomes for people with disabilities. Find out more about Disability Benefits 101.
A free, statewide, information, referral and assistance service called Disability Linkage Line is available to help people with disabilities, chronic illnesses and their representatives connect to community services. There is no wrong call to Disability Linkage Line . Common requests include information and referrals on disability benefits programs, home modifications, assistive technology, personal assistance services, transition services, accessible housing, employment, social activities and disability rights.
Those seeking help can reach Disability Linkage Line by calling 1-866-333-2466 during regular business hours. Disability Linkage Line Resource Specialists will provide one-to-one assistance to help people learn about their options and connect with the supports and services they chose.
The DSD Stakeholder E-List is used to send information by email to a large group of people. This list is open to advocates, consumers, counties, DHS staff, disability organizations, legislators, providers, tribes and others who wish to be part of the group. There is no charge to be on the list.
The DSD Stakeholder E-list broadcasts announcements only. Subscribers are not able to reply to emails or use the list to provide feedback to DSD. If you need more information or would like to talk to someone about the announcement, use the contact information provided with each announcement. The DSD Stakeholder E-List will announce:
ECHO Emergency and Community Health Outreach produces monthly public TV shows on channel 17. These shows address health and safety issues for limited English proficiency populations. Past programs have been about Early Childhood Screening, Avian Flu and Birds, Avian Flu and Pandemic, HIV and AIDS Awareness and How to Use 911. Information is currently offered through Web pages, television, phone and e-mail in English, Khmer, Somali, Vietnamese, Lao, Spanish and Hmong languages.
For people who are looking for resources over the Internet, Disability Linkage Line is a partner in the statewide resource database found at http://www.minnesotahelp.info/, which is sponsored by the Minnesota Board on Aging, DHS and other partners.
Minnesotans have a single source on the Internet to access state agency programs, products and services dedicated to disability issues. Disability Minnesota has more than 220 links, each with a brief description of a program, product or service offered by various state agencies. Site users can locate resources in any of four ways:
Send an email to the DHS DSD Response Center if you are unable to find information about Disability Services Division programs and services.