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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 will have new options starting in July 2018. These options include higher rates and a training stipend for eligible support workers:

Enhanced rate

Starting July 1, 2018, a 5 percent rate or budget enhancement is available in PCA and CSG for services that are both:

  • Provided to people who are eligible for 12 or more hours of PCA services per day
  • Provided by a worker who has completed qualifying trainings

DHS is still in the process of obtaining federal approval for this change in CDCS and extended PCA on a waiver.

Training stipend

Starting July 1, 2018, a one-time $500 stipend is available for up to 5,000 workers in PCA Choice, CDCS and CSG who complete qualifying trainings.

More information

For more information about how a worker qualifies for the enhanced rate and the training stipend, see the documents and the frequently asked questions section below:

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 PCA services per day. For the stipend, workers must provide services for a person who uses PCA Choice, CDCS or CSG. Workers should ask their provider agencies or fiscal support entities (FSEs) if they qualify.

An eModule is available for workers to help them understand what they may qualify for, which trainings to take and how to submit documentation of completed trainings.

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