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Continuing Care performance report

Measure: The average amount of long-term care spending per person with developmental disabilities

The average amount spent on services for a person with a developmental disability in long-term care (LTC) is around $57,000 per year.

To help track progress, counties that are similar in population size are grouped together and called a "cohort." Cohort 5 is the group of Minnesota's largest counties and showed the highest spending per person.

Why is this measure important?

This measure shows how efficiently Minnesota provides LTC services to people with developmental disabilities. Counties kept average LTC spending per person relatively stable over time.

What is included in the measure?

The amount spent for each person with DD who receives LTC services in institutions or through home and community-based services (HCBS).

What does it mean?

When the average cost is higher, it means that more people are served in institutions instead of in their homes or other HCBS settings. It also means that some people need services that are more intensive or receive more expensive services such as 24-hour care.

How is it calculated?

Total spending on LTC services for people with DD divided by the total number of people with DD who receive LTC services.

Graph showing average LTC spending per person

Graph of average LTC spending per person

Table showing average LTC spending per person













Cohort 1






Cohort 2






Cohort 3






Cohort 4






Cohort 5






Data source

DHS Data Warehouse

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