Disability Waiver Rates System ongoing evaluation
The Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS) is a centralized system that calculates rates for home and community-based services provided under the disability waivers. The system is based on research completed on the average costs to deliver home and community-based services in Minnesota.
DHS is dedicated to ongoing research and analysis on DWRS to ensure:
- The Disability Waiver Rate System accurately reflects the cost of providing services.
- DHS, lead agencies, and providers implement the system fairly and consistently throughout the state.
- People continue to have access to the services they need.
The following projects are included in the DWRS research plan:
Evaluation of costs
DWRS rate calculations are composed of cost components that reflect the average costs to deliver home and community-based services in Minnesota. These cost components include staff wages, benefits, employer-paid taxes and insurance, training costs, program expenses and business expenses.
DHS is conducting ongoing research and analysis on the average costs required of service providers in order to ensure that rate frameworks reflect accurate cost data over time. Planned and completed research projects include: