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Customized Living Quality Improvement grants

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is awarding nearly $1,000,000 to providers of Customized Living services under the Medical Assistance Elder Waiver program. The Customized Living Quality Improvement (CL QI) grants go to support providers that implement quality improvement efforts in settings like Assisted Living facilities.

This new grant program was funded by the Minnesota Legislature in the 2019 legislative session. Grant funds are going to 12 organizations located in the twin cities metro area and throughout greater Minnesota.

In light of the work that many of our partner providers are already doing on behalf of Minnesotans during the novel coronavirus pandemic, some grant activities may be paused or reevaluated at this time. Providers without Covid-19 in their settings may still benefit from quality improvement efforts.


Augustana Senior Care: 3 sites in Hennepin County
$163,574 for improving service coordination, social supports, and activities through additional staff who will specialize in dementia-capable supports.

Cerenity Senior Care – Humboldt: Ramsey County
$149,845 for connecting residents to resources through new positions including a service coordinator, volunteer coordinator, and driver, and purchasing an accessible van for resident outings.

Ecumen – Prairie Lodge: Hennepin County
$88,010 for improving relationships, building community, and improving communication by providing enhanced training for staff and technology improvements.

Korean Service Center: Hennepin County
$103,200 for improving mental and physical health through a new activity coordinator position and technology supports, dedicated staff to help manage medications, and enhanced training for staff.

Lutheran Home of the Cannon Valley: Rice County
$84,823 for improving access and quality of services to residents through evidence-based health promotion programs, and a new service coordinator position.

Prairie Pines Community: Polk County
$33,760 for improving quality of life of residents by creating a usable, accessible “Outdoor Oasis” space, including safe outdoor walking spaces, a shade structure, and an accessible garden.

Prairie Senior Cottages: 7 sites in Brown, Douglas, Freeborn, Isanti, Kandiyohi, McCloud, and Waseca Counties
$90,000 for improving quality of life for residents with dementia through music therapy and fitness programming.

St Francis Health Services: 6 sites in Carlton, Dakota, Goodhue, Morrison, Renville, and Stevens Counties
$74,199 for improving quality of life of residents by enhancing their dining experience through implementation of the “Kind Dining” initiative.

The Homestead at Coon Rapids: Anoka County
$97,639 for improving quality of services by implementing physical plant upgrades, including electrical systems, bathing facilities, and wireless pendant system.

The Sanctuary Sites at Brooklyn Center, St Cloud and West St Paul: Dakota, Hennepin, and Stearns Counties
$112,710 for improving safety and mental health supports for residents by implementing enhanced training for staff, including maltreatment prevention training and mental health first aid training.

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