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Latest information about COVID-19 from DSD

The latest news about the pandemic and information from the Disability Services Division for our partners, providers and the people we serve. Click a headline below to read the full article.

Note: For updates related to agencywide DHS programs, visit the DHS homepage. It has information for providers, counties, tribal nations and members of the public as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be updated as changes happen at federal and state levels. To be notified when changes occur, you can sign up for COVID-19-specific DHS email notifications.

The governor granted the Minnesota Department of Human Services emergency temporary authority to change administrative and regulatory requirements for food assistance, home care, public health care and other state programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find a complete list of temporary waivers and program modifications. We will describe many of these modifications further in DHS bulletins. If you have further questions, visit the Disability services COVID-19 FAQ webpage. We will update that page frequently, as we are able.

COVID-19 guidance for employment services

6/10/2020 2:45:33 PM

DHS published Bulletin #20-56-01: Employment services and the right to make informed choices during the peacetime emergency (PDF). This bulletin provides guidance to lead agencies and HCBS employment service providers about:

  • The importance of implementing Employment First policy
  • The availability and use of HCBS waiver employment services, both in person and via remote technology
  • The right of people with disabilities to make informed choices about returning to work during the peacetime emergency.

Questions?

If you have questions about how to support employment during the COVID-19 pandemic, contact dsd.employmentfirst@state.mn.us.

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