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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 modifications to PCA services

6/17/2020 10:24:08 AM

DHS temporarily modified PCA services to allow flexibility for PCA providers and ensure people can safely access services during the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes:

  • Allow qualified professionals to provide required in-person oversight of PCA workers via two-way interactive telecommunications (i.e., phone or internet technology) for all people who receive PCA services, including people who are new to receiving services or transferring to a new agency
  • Increase the number of hours a PCA provider agency can bill for an individual worker to 310 hours per month, per worker, exceeding the current 275-hour per month limit.

These changes affect PCA services authorized through the:

  • Medical Assistance state plan
  • Alternative Care program
  • Brain Injury Waiver (state plan and extended PCA)
  • Community Alternative Care Waiver (state plan and extended PCA)
  • Community Access for Disability Inclusion Waiver (state plan and extended PCA)
  • Developmental Disabilities Waiver (state plan and extended PCA)
  • Elderly Waiver (state plan and extended PCA).

Affected statute, rule and/or policy

DHS is making these changes with authority from Executive Order 20-12 (PDF), section 2, which allows the DHS commissioner to modify:

Additional guidance

DHS is working to publish a bulletin that provides guidance about these changes. We will send another eList when we post the bulletin.

(Note: A previous version of this eList included an incorrect link to a bulletin.)

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