Lead agencies must use the Residential Services Tool (RS Tool) for service planning and rate setting for adult foster care and customized living services.
All EW residential care and foster care rates will be determined using the RS tool that DHS integrated into the MnCHOICES Support Plan on July 31, 2020.
The longstanding Excel-based workbook was retired. DHS will not publish new versions of the workbook. Starting September 1, 2020, The MN-IT system will reject Excel workbooks created on or after August 3, 2020. DHS will continue to provide technical support for existing Excel workbooks as needed.
Information about the EW Residential Services tool is located in the MnCHOICES section of CountyLink. Included in this section is the latest technical guidance, important links to training and the MnCHOICES Help Desk form.
All customized living, adult foster care, and residential care providers must enroll in Minnesota Health Care Programs. Applicable forms, instructions and technical assistance are located at the DHS Provider Enrollment webpage.
County or tribal lead agency staff act as agents for the state Medicaid agency (DHS) and are responsible to administer programs.
Counties, tribes and health plans using county networks or using EW RS tools need to submit tools to DHS within 15 days of the customized living service authorization line item start date.