Rule Chapter, Title, and Subject: Proposed Rules Governing the Extended Employment program, Minnesota Rules, chapters 3300.6000 – 3300.6070 and repeal of existing Rules Governing the Extended Employment program, Minnesota Rules, chapters 3300.2005 – 3300.3100.
Reason for Rulemaking: DEED is proposing changes to the state rules that govern the Extended Employment Program. The rule is being revised to prioritize Extended Employment program funding for services to support individuals working in competitive, integrated employment.
The proposed rule modifies the Extended Employment program to reflect principles such as Minnesota’s commitment to person-centered practices, informed choice, and Minnesota’s Employment First policy - especially its focus on competitive, integrated employment. The revision will also align the program with new practices in the broader disability services system driven by changing rules and requirements the federal Home and Community Based Services rule, the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and stepped up enforcement of the Olmstead decision.
The proposed rule caps funding for employment that is not competitive and integrated, and phases out funding for center-based (workshop) employment. Additionally, the proposed rule clarifies that for a job to be truly competitive and integrated, the employer cannot be an individual’s Extended Employment service provider. For further details on the proposed rule, please visit the Extended Employment website.
Rule Contact: Kim Babine; 651-259-7349