The Department of Human Services is undertaking a pilot project to test the Collaborative Safety model for investigating critical incidents, such as medication errors and wheel chair safety incidents. The project will take place during 2019, with case reviews to begin in May.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Direct Care/Support Workforce Initiative seeks to connect people and organizations who want to work together on similar efforts to address the direct care/support workforce shortage.
The federal government will soon require some providers to use electronic visit verification systems to document that people are receiving the services that are billed to the state. The 21st Century Cures Actrequires providers of personal care, including personal care assistance (PCA), and some waiver services (beginning in 2020) and home health care providers (beginning in 2023) to use electronic visit verification to be eligible for full federal Medicaid matching dollars. Read more on the Electronic visit verification webpage.
Minnesota Department of Human Services offers options that give people more control over the services and supports they receive. People who use these services and direct the support workers who provide these services will have new options starting in July 2018. These options include higher rates and a training stipend for eligible support workers. Read more on the Enhanced rates and training stipends for support workers webpage.
The Minnesota Legislature authorized the following rate changes to services provided on or after July 1, 2019:
3.69% rate increase for home-delivered meal services provided through Alternative Care, Elderly Waiver and Essential Community Supports
2.37% rate increase for personal care assistance (PCA) services, and budgets for Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS) and Consumer Support Grant (CSG) programs based on provisions in the 2019 collective bargaining agreement between SEIU and state of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services' Waiver Reimagine project seeks to identify and recommend system-level improvements to Minnesota’s disability waiver programs. The Waiver Reimagine project will identify ways to improve system structures to give people more choice and control over the services they receive. Read more on the Waiver Reimagine webpage.
The gaps analysis is one of four studies that inform the biennial legislative report on the status of long-term services and supports for older adults, people with disabilities and adults and children living with mental health conditions.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services makes regular reports to the Legislature and the public regarding its services. Reports by the Disability Services Division are posted on the DSD Publications webpage.
The Minnesota State Quality Council, in collaboration with DHS, exists to support a system of quality assurance and improvement of services for people with disabilities. The council works collaboratively with all affected parties to achieve measurable positive outcomes in health and welfare for people with disabilities. The council is committed to a system that is person-directed, outcome-based, quality-driven and cost-effective. Members include people who receive services and their family members, disability advocates, Region 10 Quality Assurance Commission, providers, county agencies, staff from the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and DHS. (Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.097).
State Quality Council
P.O. Box 64967
St. Paul, MN 55164-0967