Here's where you'll find help and guidance about publicly funded programs to support older adults. Many more details are in various manuals, bulletins and statutes, to which there are links below. CountyLink also provides information to county and tribal agency partners.
The Alternative Care (AC) program provides home-and community-based services to people aged 65 and older who need nursing home level of care but choose to live in the community. The Alternative Care program provides many of the same services as the Elderly Waiver program. Alternative Care is for people with low income and assets who are not eligible for Medical Assistance.
The Elderly Waiver is a joint federal and state program that funds home and community based services for people aged 65 and older who require the level of care provided in a nursing home and choose to live in the community.
DHS created the person-centered, informed choice and transition protocol to guide counties, tribal organizations and managed care organizations to implement person-centered practices. The protocol explains legal and practical expectations for agencies that provide support planning for people who receive long-term supports and services.
With the implementation of Minnesota law, Chapter 245D in January of 2014, and the Positive supports ruleMinnesota Rule 9544 in August 2015, all providers must use positive supports in place of restrictive interventions. The law prohibits the use of punitive practices and procedures, such as seclusion and restraint. Legislation allows for the 11-month transition period, if needed, to end prohibited practice.