The Minnesota Legislature passed the assisted living licensure law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 144G. The law, which takes effect Aug. 1, 2021, established regulatory standards for the provision of housing and services in assisted living facilities and assisted living facilities with dementia care to help ensure the health, safety, well-being and appropriate treatment of residents. The law also authorized the Minnesota health commissioner to adopt rules for all assisted living facilities that promote person-centered planning and service delivery and optimal quality of life, and to ensure resident rights are protected, resident choice is allowed and public health and safety are ensured. More information about the licensure law, as well as resources for lead agencies and case managers, are available on the Assisted living facility licensure law toolkit for lead agencies webpage.
The Minnesota Legislature passed a law to create the EIDBI Benefit for children up to age 21 with autism spectrum disorder. Click on the links below to read more about ASD and the EIDBI Benefit.
Community First Services and Supports (CFSS) will replace personal care assistance (PCA) and the Consumer Support Grant (CSG) beginning this summer. CFSS is a Minnesota health care program that offers flexible options to meet the unique needs of people. CFSS allows people greater independence in their homes and communities. Read more about the transition on the Community First Services and Supports page.
The Department of Human Services is using the Culture of Safety systemic critical incident review model to review critical incidents, such as medication errors and wheel chair safety incidents. The project began in May 2019. Read more on the Culture of Safety systemic critical incident review webpage.
People with disabilities and older Minnesotans struggle to recruit and retain direct support professionals. Visit the Direct care workforce shortage in Minnesota webpage for information about state-sponsored workgroups, resources and other information related to the direct support professional workforce shortage crisis.
The Disability Waiver Rate System sets uniform rate-determination methods and standards for all disability-related services in Minnesota.
Minnesota is committed to ensuring people with disabilities have opportunities and support to work in competitive, integrated employment first.
Minnesota added three employment services to our home and community-based services (HCBS) waivers on July 1, 2018:
Read more about these new waiver services on the Employment services 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 has authorized rate and budget increases for some home and community-based services. The service rate and monthly budget increases take effect Jan. 1, 2023. To read more about these changes, see the Long-term services and supports rates changes webpage.
MnCHOICES integrates assessment and support planning for Minnesotans who need long-term services and supports.
A federal HCBS rule requires assurances that people have information and experiences with which to make informed decisions. Find out more about Minnesota’s transition plan for home and community-based settings
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.
Access local and statewide data related to long-term services and supports for people with disabilities and older adults. Interactive reports and county profiles display demographic and performance measurement data.
DHS initiated the Lead Agency Review of Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) programs in 2006 and has, to date, completed two full rounds of reviews for counties and tribes that administer HCBS waiver programs.
In April 2017, the Olmstead Subcabinet told DHS and DEED to form a multiagency workgroup to develop recommendations for expanding, diversifying and improving Minnesota’s direct care and support workforce. Read more on the The direct care workforce shortage in Minnesota webpage.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) created an EIDBI advisory group in 2017. The group is made up of experts, parents, primary caregivers and people with autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. The group helps DHS with ongoing development and implementation of the EIDBI benefit. Read more on the EIDBI advisory group webpage.
The External Program Review Committee (EPRC):
Read more on the External Program Review Committee webpage.
To learn more about the Interagency Employment First Advisory Committee, see committee members and review meeting minutes, visit the Stakeholder engagement webpage on the Disability Hub MN.
The Professional Input Panel for Employment (PIPEin) is a group of volunteers who provide feedback to DHS and DEED about our efforts to implement memorandum of understanding agreements. PIPEin may be called upon for input through a variety of methods, such as in-person events, surveys, conference calls or interviews. If you are interested in hearing about these opportunities, fill out the application to join Professional Input Panel for Employment (PIPEin). We continue to accept applications; there is no deadline.
The Rule 40 Advisory Committee made recommendations to DHS to modernize Rule 40.
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
The support planning professionals learning community holds monthly web-based meetings to discuss the most recent person-centered practices, updates and initiatives from DHS and to share best practices.
In 2021, the Minnesota Legislature established the Task Force on Eliminating Subminimum Wages. The task force will develop a plan and make recommendations to end subminimum wages for people with disabilities by Aug. 1, 2025. Read more about the group on the Task Force on Eliminating Subminimum Wages webpage.
Established in 2022, the Waiver Reimagine Advisory Committee will provide feedback and help to develop several proposed plans for Waiver Reimagine. Read more on the Waiver Reimagine Advisory Committee webpage