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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.

Temporary expansion of remote support for HCBS waiver services

6/11/2020 4:31:55 PM

In March 2020, the commissioner temporarily waived requirements to allow for remote HCBS services for people who live in their own homes. The commissioner has expanded this option temporarily to allow remote supports in provider-controlled settings (e.g., family and corporate foster care, community residential settings, housing with services establishments, customized living, etc.) as well as for people who live in their own homes. 

For more information and operational guidance, see Bulletin #20-56-02, Amended: Temporary expansion of remote support for home and community-based services (HCBS) waivers (PDF).

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