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About the Gaps Analysis Study

The Gaps Analysis study gathers local information about the perceived capacity and gaps of the Minnesota services system, that is, the publicly-funded home and community-based services system and continuum of mental health services and supports, to meet the needs of older adults, persons with disabilities, and children, youth and adults living with mental health conditions.

Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) conducts the Gaps Analysis study every two years. Input is gathered from lead agencies (counties, tribes, managed care organizations), and local community members including people who receive services, caregivers, advocates, and providers regarding their perceptions about:

  • Barriers to getting services
  • Services that are needed but hard to get or unavailable
  • Use of services.

A summary of results is included in the biennial legislative report on the status of long-term services and supports.

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