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Alternative Care (AC) allocations

As of July 1, 2015, all Alternative Care (AC) program funds are held in a single, statewide account. DHS no longer allocates funds to individual lead agencies.

This change occurred because as of Nov. 1, 2013, DHS receives a federal match for the AC program. This is a five year demonstration project, approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Minnesota Management and Budget as part of Reform 2020. DHS will continue to receive an appropriation from the Minnesota Legislature for the AC program.

The lead agency continues to track spending and individual and average costs, but does not submit an AC plan and budget to DHS. For assistance with tracking and monitoring AC activity, access MMIS InfoPac reports. They include data such as the total amount of local AC services authorized, number of units used and number of people who receive AC services.

The lead agency can continue to apply for discretionary funds using AC Application for Discretionary Services, DHS-5815 (PDF).

For additional financial information, see CBSM - Rate methodologies for AC, ECS and EW service authorization.

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