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Your rights during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how people with disabilities live their lives, access community and stay connected with friends and family. These changes can be hard to understand or get used to. Even though it can be scary to experience these changes so quickly, there are things you can do to make it less scary and to protect yourself and others. This overview will help you understand changes to home and community-based services and your rights during the pandemic.

Important terms

We use the term “home and community-based services (HCBS)” when talking about the options people with disabilities have in Minnesota to support them as they live an independent life. These are services that you can get if you have a disability waiver (BI, CAC, CADI or DD) or a homecare service, such as personal care assistance (PCA) services. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) creates rules for how providers can deliver these services. One set of rules is Minnesota Statute 245D. Some providers have to get a license from the state to provide services. They have to follow all the rules in Minnesota Statute 245D. When an answer below talks about licensed services, we will call that out. Otherwise, you can assume the answer applies to all services, not just ones that require a licensed provider.

The pandemic and my services

Access to services

Health and safety

Rights in a residential program

The right to see friends and family

Service termination

Protecting my rights

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