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Family/caregiver training and counseling

Page posted: 6/15/15

Page reviewed: 2/21/17

Page updated: 12/15/17

Legal authority

CMS-approved state plan amendment (PDF), Minn. Stat. §256B.0949


Family/caregiver training and counseling: An EDIBI service that covers specialized training, education and support for a person’s family/caregiver.


The purpose of family/caregiver training and counseling is to:

1. Help families and caregivers support the person’s development by learning:

  • • About the person’s condition
  • • About other resources available to support the person and their family, and how to access them
  • • About intervention goals, which will assist families and caregivers in helping the person generalize skills learnt in the intervention setting(s) and positively impact treatment outcomes
  • • How to use specialized behavioral and developmental techniques and strategies to reduce challenging behaviors and reinforce or increase appropriate behaviors and skills.
  • 2. Build family and caregivers’ competence and resilience

    3. Promote the person and family’s participation in home, school and community.

    Eligible providers

    The following MHCP-enrolled, EIDBI providers can deliver and bill for family/caregiver training and counseling:


    Family/caregiver training and counseling must be:

  • • Culturally and linguistically responsive to the person and family
  • • Individualized and meaningful to the person and family.
  • Provider ratios

    In an individual family/caregiver training and counseling session, one provider delivers services to one parent or caregiver.

    In a group family/caregiver training and counseling session, one provider delivers services to at least two parents or caregivers.


    Family/caregiver training and counseling may include:

  • • Direct, hands-on demonstration of effective strategies to support the person’s development and address challenging behaviors
  • • Discussion and reflection on the training interactions between either the parent and person or the provider and person.
  • • Techniques to improve quality of life concerns for the person, parent and/or family
  • • Time for the family/caregiver to demonstrate the learned skills or strategies and the provider to give feedback and support
  • • Video modeling, observation, role play and other teaching strategies between the family/caregiver and provider to help families and caregivers independently implement treatment strategies.
  • Case notes

    The provider must document family/caregiver training and counseling services in the person’s case notes. For more information, see EIDBI – Health service records.


    If medically appropriate to the condition and needs of the person and family, family/caregiver training and counseling may be provided via two-way, interactive video. For more information, see EIDBI – Telemedicine services.

    Service authorization and billing

    For authorization and billing information, including provider and service limits, see:

    Additional resources

    EIDBI – EIDBI services

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