The Minnesota Age and Disabilities Odyssey Conference is a two-day conference held every other year. The conference has been held on either an annual or biennial basis since 1998 and generally attracts more than 1,000 attendees. Attendees are interested in long-term services and supports. They include advocates, consumers, policy makers, providers, counties, tribes, managed care organizations and state government. Odyssey:
Promotes best practices
Provides training and technical assistance about DHS programs and services
Recognizes and honors excellence at the individual, organization and programmatic level
Offers many opportunities to network.
The Aging and Adult Services Division and Minnesota Board on Aging offer several online courses for lead agency (county, tribal, and managed care) staff and for those looking to learn more about how to better serve and support older adults more broadly.
This training is a YouTube video of a Aging and Adult Services Division videoconference training recorded on April 24, 2019. The video is approximately 2.5 hours in duration.
The training covers the policies and procedures for the EW program and is targeted for staff with up to 12 months of program experience. Those with more experience are welcome to view the training, understanding that the information presented is focused on program basics.
Elderly Waiver (EW): Basic program overview is available on the Older Adult Programs Learning Center. To view this training, click on "Course Catalog Search." Search the course catalog for “Elderly Waiver” or "EW" or select category “All” and look for the class title.
MMIS online training are available on the Older Adult Programs Learning Center. To view all MMIS online courses, click on "Course Catalog Search." Search the course catalog for “MMIS” or select category “All MMIS courses”.
These courses provide instructions on how to use following program documents, but do not replace the MMIS manuals DHS-4625, DHS-4669, or DHS-5020A.
Using the LTC screening document and service agreement to support the Alternative Care, Elderly Waiver, Essential Community Supports programs. (These instructions can be applied to other programs including the Community Alternative Care (CAC), Brain Injury (BI), and Community Access for Disability Inclusion (CADI) programs.)
Using the Health Risk Assessment screening document for the Minnesota Senior Health Care Plus (MSC+), Minnesota Options for Senior Care (MSHO), and Special Needs Basic Care (SNBC) programs.
DHS Aging and Adult Services Division offers training throughout the year to support evidence-based best practices and to communicate and support its partners in the Elderly Waiver, Alternative Care, Essential Community Supports and Long-Term Care programs. To better serve our partners, more of our training is being offered via video conference.
How do I receive announcements of upcoming sessions?
A program description and on-line registration link will be emailed before each training event. If you do not currently receive email notices of these events and wish to receive them, you can subscribe to theAging and Adult Video Conferencing mailgroup / contact list.
Pre-registration is required. Aging and Adult Services uses an on-line registration system. Registration is not through TrainLink. There is limited seating at each site and additional registrations will not be accepted once the site is filled. If you register and find that you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration prior to the registration closing to allow others to register. Any site for which there are no registrants one week prior to the event will be cancelled. Please refer to each session announcement for a list of locations. Please use the Materials Only option if you do not plan to attend but wish to receive the handouts.
Another registration option is to register for web-streaming. This option allows you to view the session from your computer when the session is shown or up to 90 days after the session ends. The handouts and a certificate of attendance will automatically be sent for those registering for a site or web-streaming. Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the session. Regretfully, no late registrations can be accepted.
Adding new sites
The agency I want to attend is not listed. Can it be added?
We are limited in the number of sites that can be used at one time. Sites are added when possible and are identified on the registration screen. Check the screen to see if the agency was added. If not, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the agency's availability to be added to the session.
How can I be accommodated to attend a site?
Individuals with a disability who need reasonable accommodations to participate in any of these events should check the “special needs” field when they register and a staff person will email you for more information. You are encouraged to make your request as early as possible. If you know prior to registration, you can call 1-800-882-6262 or (651) 431-2500. TDD users can call through the Minnesota Relay Service at 711 or 1-800-627-3529. For Speech-to-Speech Relay, call 1-877-627-4838.
A program description and online registration link will be emailed before each training event. If you do not currently receive email notices of these events, enter your email address to subscribe to the Aging and Adult Services Video Conferencing list to receive announcements of videoconferences. Previous announcements are archived.
Copy the link (under the “Edit Menu” at the top of the page; click on “copy” while the link is blocked.)
Open your internet browser (typically Explorer or Netscape.)
Paste the link into the URL window of your browser
Step 2: Seek help from your organization's computer/IT staff
If you are still having difficulty, contact the computer support staff in your organization for assistance. Your IT staff can provide you with practical help and can also determine if there is something in your computer or network that is causing the problem.
Step 3: Try a different computer
If your computer or network is the problem, you may want to forward the email notice to another computer and try again.