The 2013-2014 Gaps Analysis study was completed in July 2015.
DHS contracted with Wilder Research to conduct the study and to help streamline gathering data. The study used surveys and interviews to gather information from counties, tribes, managed care organizations, people receiving services, providers, and stakeholders. They were asked about their perceptions of the capacity and gaps of the Minnesota services system to support older adults, persons with disabilities, and children, youth or adults living with mental health conditions. The services system includes home and community-based services and a continuum of mental health services and supports.
This Gaps Analysis study included a second study to examine critical access to home and community-based services at the local level. DHS contracted with Abt Associates to conduct this one-time study, known as the HCBS Critical Access study.
Brief summaries of the results from both studies are included in the 2015 Status of Long-Term Services and Supports (PDF) submitted to the legislature in August 2015.
The full details and findings from each study are available in several reports: