Long-term services and supports: program overviews
These publicly funded long-term programs support people with a variety of disabilities, including developmental disabilities, chronic medical conditions, acquired or traumatic brain injuries and physical disabilities. When possible we partner with personal care and support agencies to provide flexible, cost-effective home and community-based services.
Minnesota is moving toward person-centered practices in all areas of service delivery. As a state, Minnesota strives to make sure everyone who receives long-term services and supports and mental health services can live, learn, work and enjoy life in the most integrated setting. The goal is for people to lead lives that are meaningful to them. To do this, we must have a person-centered support system that helps people:
Build or maintain relationships with their families and friends
Live as independently as possible
Engage in productive activities, such as employment
Pursuant to Minnesota law 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 an 11-month transition period, if needed, to end prohibited practices.
These purpose of the rule is to improve the quality of life for people, including children, who receive DHS-licensed services. It requires service providers to use person-centered principles and positive support strategies for people to whom the rule applies.
For information and resources for people with disabilities, their families and caregivers, visit the Disability Hub MN website.
If you have further questions, visit the Disability services COVID-19 FAQ webpage. We will update that page frequently, as we are able, to provide more answers or updated information for counties, tribal nations, managed care organizations and providers.
For information and resources for older adults, their families and caregivers, call the Senior LinkAge Line at 800-333-2433.
The Community-Based Services Manual (CBSM) is our primary way to communicate DHS and DSD policy to providers and lead agencies. We are updating the CBSM homepage and appending notes to policy pages affected by temporary waiver and policy changes.
The Temporary waivers and program modifications page is a complete list of emergency temporary changes to administrative and regulatory requirements for food assistance, home care, public health care and other state programs in response to the pandemic.
We are using official DHS bulletins to share operational guidance for many of these modifications.
For agencywide COVID-related updates to DHS programs, visit the DHS homepage.
We use the AASD lead agency eList and the DSD lead agency eList to notify counties, tribal nations and providers about AASD and DSD programs, services, policy changes, etc., including COVID-related changes and bulletin postings.