2012 Long-Term Services and Supports Gaps Analysis

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) gathers local information about the current capacity and gaps in services and housing needs to support older persons in Minnesota. Since 2001 all counties in Minnesota have been requested to respond to a biennial survey of local capacity to meet long-term care needs of current residents, including any significant “gaps” in services or supports. This information is submitted to DHS through a County Gaps Analysis Survey.

Background

Beginning in 2001 and every two years after the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has reported on the current capacity and gaps in long-term services and supports and housing to support older adults in Minnesota.  The primary source of this report is a survey completed by the counties to describe the capacity for these services in their local areas.

In 2012, the Legislature amended state statute to expand the scope of the survey and resulting report to include people with disabilities, children and youth with mental health conditions and adults living with mental illnesses. Separate surveys were created to focus on services for each of the four populations. The surveys focusing on services for older adults and people with disabilities primarily asked about the availability of long-term services and supports. The surveys focusing on services for children and youth with mental health conditions and adults living with mental illnesses primarily asked about the availability of mental health treatment services.

Approximately 80 responses were received for each of the four surveys. The following two groups of counties submitted a single response because they operate as multi-county human service agencies: Faribault and Martin counties; Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood and Rock counties. These responses are counted as a single county response in all calculations. The resulting response rate for each of the four surveys was at least 95 percent.

2012 LTSS: Aging Gaps Analysis
2012 LTSS: Adult Mental Health Gaps Analysis

2012 LTSS: Children's Mental Health Gaps Analysis

2012 LTSS: Disability Gaps Analysis

Status of Long-Term Services and Supports(PDF)

Companion Reports

Community Services Input Study Report

DHS contracted with The Improve Group to gather input on long-term services and supports directly from people with disabilities, people with mental illness, older people and their families. This report was created using:

  • • A review of existing research and literature
  • • DHS waiver review data
  • • Focus-group input from individuals who use long term services and supports
  • • Interviews with county personnel, tribal leaders and providers, key stakeholders and health plan care coordinators
  • • An online survey
  • Minnesota Community Services Input Study Report (PDF)
    Long-Term Services and Supports Infographic (PDF)

    LTSS Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Report

    A summary of two group interviews The Improve Group held with elected and appointed officials and services providers in the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe tribal community regarding long-term services and supports as part of the larger Community Services Input Study.

    Report on Long-Term Services and Supports Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe 2013 (PDF)

    2012 LTSS: Nursing Facilities

    A summary of quality of care, financial status and other data for Minnesota nursing facilities.

    2012 LTSS: Nursing Facilities

    2009 Gaps Analysis


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