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Continuing Care performance report

Measure: Percent of people on the Developmental Disabilities Waiver with high needs.

The percent of people on the Developmental Disabilities Waiver with high needs has increased every year.

To help track progress, counties that are similar in population size are grouped together and called a "cohort." Cohort 5 includes Minnesota's largest counties and has the highest percent of people with developmental disabilities and high needs.

Why this measure is important?

This measure shows that people with developmental disabilities and high needs are staying in their homes and communities. In the past, people with greater needs were not able to stay in their communities because the services they needed were only available in institutions.

Minnesota's long-term care system has been able to develop and offer these more intense and specialized services for people in the community. People prefer to stay in their community and have more choices for their services. That is important because home and community-based services are less expensive than institutional services.

What is included in the measure?

The measure includes the number of people who receive services on the DD Waiver.

What does it mean?

A higher percent means there are more people with high needs who get the services they need in their homes or other community settings. When the percent is low, more people with high needs are being served in institutions.

How is it calculated?

The number of people served on the DD Waiver with higher needs divided by the total number of people served on the DD Waiver.

Percent of people on the DD Waiver with high needs by graph

Graph of percent of people on the DD waiver with high needs

Percent of people on the DD Waiver with high need by table / by map (PDF)

Year

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Statewide

83.7%

83.9%

84.0%

85.7%

85.4%

Cohort 1

76.7%

75.5%

76.3%

79.1%

80.1%

Cohort 2

78.9%

78.7%

78.4%

80.8%

81.6%

Cohort 3

80.9%

80.6%

81.5%

84.1%

83.4%

Cohort 4

77.4%

77.2%

76.7%

78.4%

77.5%

Cohort 5

88.8%

89.5%

89.5%

90.3%

90.0%

Data source

DHS Data Warehouse

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