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.