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Current gaps analysis

Previously a biennial process, the gaps analysis is now an ongoing process in which the state engages lead agencies (counties, tribal nations and  managed-care organizations), service providers, consumers and other stakeholders to assess and improve access to publicly funded services and supports for all people.

DHS has contracted with Wilder Research to develop and implement the core processes of this ongoing effort. This effort provides support for building partnerships at the local, regional and state levels. The core processes are part of a continuous improvement cycle and include:

  • Prioritizing service access issues (or gaps) at local, regional and state levels
  • Taking action to address service access key issues, including developing and implement action plans to address, reduce or eliminate gaps
  • Sharing results and evaluating the effectiveness of this process at improving access to services

Current efforts build upon regional efforts conducted in 2017 that identified four key service access issues across Minnesota, including shortages in: 

  • Crisis services
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Workforce

Upcoming activities will emphasize taking action to address these four service access issues. These activities include:

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