Enhanced rates or budgets and training stipends for support workers
Minnesota Department of Human Services offers options that give people more control over the services and supports they receive. These include:
People who use these services and direct the support workers who provide personal support services have new options. These options include higher rates or budgets and a training stipend for eligible support workers:
Enhanced rate or budget
People who receive services may qualify for a higher reimbursement rate or budget for PCA, CDCS and CSG for work that is both:
- Provided by a worker who has completed qualifying trainings
- Provided to a person who is eligible for 12 or more hours of state plan PCA per day and/or has the home care rating EN.
PCA Choice agencies and FMS providers must pass on the enhanced rate/budget percentage to the specific worker who completed the trainings in the form of wages and/or benefits. PCA agencies and FMS providers may find instructions for doing so in the PCA Manual on the Provider agency/financial management services provider requirements for PCA, CDCS and CSG enhanced rate or budget page.
A one-time $500 stipend is available for up to 1,500 workers in PCA Choice, CDCS and CSG who complete qualifying trainings. Workers who received a stipend before July 1, 2019, may qualify for a second stipend by completing additional training. Information about how to qualify for a stipend is available on the Qualifying for the enhanced rate or stipend webpage.
More information about how a worker qualifies for the enhanced rate and the training stipend is available at the following links:
How do workers know they qualify for the enhanced rate or the stipend?
Workers may qualify for both, one or neither, depending on the person for whom the worker provides services. For the enhanced rate or budget, workers must provide services for a person who is eligible for 12 or more hours of state plan PCA per day and/or has the home care rating EN. For the stipend, workers must provide services for a person who uses PCA Choice, CDCS or CSG. Workers should ask their provider agencies or financial management services provider if they qualify.