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Archive of DSD lead agency eList announcements

Page posted: 1/1/10

Page reviewed: 2/6/17

Page updated: 2/22/19

Overview

This page is an archive of announcements the DHS Disability Services Division has sent to the lead agency eList during the past two years.

Terminology

The terminology used to describe people with developmental disabilities has changed over time. While DHS supports the use of “people-first” language within its documents, you might still find outdated terms within historical and official documents such as statutes, reports and third-party material.

February 2019

2/22/19: Informational meetings start in March about autism services for people younger than 21
2/21/19: DHS completes Round 3 of HCBS lead agency reviews

2/20/19: CMS grants final approval to Minnesota’s HCBS statewide transition plan

2/20/19: Invitation to attend the Long-term Services and Supports Measures Development Workgroup meeting

2/14/19: Updates to transportation and employment services resources

2/7/19: Instructions to implement the CDCS enhanced budget and extended PCA enhanced rate

2/7/19: DHS updates frequently asked questions webpage for the LTSS Improvement Tool

2/6/19: New CBSM page for market rate services

2/6/19: DHS seeks comments on HCBS setting evidentiary packages

January 2019

1/25/19: Banding end-date decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
1/25/19: 2019 National Core Indicators initiative

1/14/19: DHS seeks applicants for Home and Community-Based Services Settings Review Panel

1/11/19: Billing changes for EIDBI services

1/10/19: DHS completes the desk audits of all submitted HCBS provider attestations

1/4/19: External Program Review Committee announces 2019 meeting dates

1/4/19: Public comment period extended for proposed addition to EIDBI treatment modalities

1/3/19: DHS seeks members to join External Program Review Committee

December 2018

12/20/18: Survey on the Positive Support Transition Plan and related documents
12/18/18: DHS submits revised HCBS transition plan seeking final approval

12/5/18: Public comment period for proposed addition to EIDBI treatment modalities

November 2018

11/2/18: Clarification on where a person can receive personal support services
11/1/18: Join CMS for national forum on electronic visit verification

11/1/18: New CDCS/CSG policy pages about financial management services

October 2018

10/26/18: New tools to check quality of Positive Support Transition Plans and functional behavior assessments
10/26/18: December update to Rate Management System

10/25/18: Updated eDocs forms, instruction manuals and screening documents for long-term care assessments

10/24/18: January update scheduled for DWRS component values

10/15/18 DHS seeks members for EIDBI Benefit advisory group

10/15/18: Changes to CDCS and CSG fiscal services
10/9/18 Minnesota to survey direct support providers about workforce issues in October

10/4/18 Certified Employment Support Professional certification exam going digital

10/1/18: College students invited to learn about opportunities in autism and mental health fields

10/1/18: DHS adds adult companion services to the CAC Waiver

September 2018

9/28/18: Recent CBSM updates
9/28/18: DHS requests public comments on enrolling eligible out-of-state autism providers

9/26/18: DHS and ICI seek applicants for person-centered supports training program

9/25/18: DHS updates and creates new training for MMIS users who work with aging and disability waivers

9/10/18: DHS seeks public comments on revised HCBS transition plan

9/6/18: Updated eDocs forms, instruction manuals and screening documents for long-term care assessments

July 2018

7/31/18: DHS seeks members to join External Program Review Committee
7/31/18: DHS seeks statements of interest to participate in the EIDBI Learning Collaborative

7/30/18: MMIS updates complete for the enhanced rate or budget for PCA, CDCS and CSG

7/30/18: Disability innovation grants RFP available

7/20/18: New resources and guidance for employment services

7/18/18: Resources for consumer directed community supports (CDCS)

7/13/18: DHS announces development of rights-modification form and updates to HCBS transition process

7/10/18: Lead agency instructions for enhanced rate or budget for PCA, CDCS and CSG

7/3/18: Status of enhanced rate or budget implementation for PCA, CDCS and CSG

7/1/18: DHS adds personal support to BI, CAC and CADI waivers and changes HCPC code for DD Waiver

7/1/18: DHS announces CBSM pages for new services

June 2018

6/25/18 Clarification on the process to delete long-term care screening documents in MMIS
6/25/18 Public comment period for amendments to the disability waiver plans

6/18/18 Important updates to the Rate Management System

6/18/18 Long-term services and supports (LTSS) rate changes

6/13/18 DHS responds to questions about RFP to provide voluntary training for direct care and support workers

6/11/18 Changes to CDCS and CSG fiscal services

May 2018

5/31/18 Changes to RMS framework rates required by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
5/31/18 Correction to request for proposals (RFP) to provide training for direct care and support workers

5/29/18 Request for proposals (RFP) to provide training for direct care and support workers

5/29/18 DHS requests public comments on draft EIDBI Benefit forms

5/22/18 Recent CBSM and policy updates

5/22/18 Job opening with EIDBI policy team at DHS

5/17/18 DHS updates developmental disabilities screening document in MnCHOICES

5/16/18 New benefits for support workers and people who receive services

5/16/18 Communication about employment options to people who use disability waiver programs

5/10/18 Public comment period and website updates for new employment services

5/8/18 Electronic visit verification survey

5/8/18 DHS to host Waiver Reimagine online focus groups

April 2018

4/6/18 Respite (daily) is now a market-rate service
4/4/18 Streamlined referral process for crisis and residential DHS Community-Based Services

4/3/18 Olmstead Community Engagement Workgroup seeks new members

4/2/18 External Program Review Committee webpage added

March 2018

3/22/18 DHS updates customized living policy pages
3/15/18 Waiver amendments approved by CMS

3/13/18 DHS adds new CBSM page for personal emergency response systems (PERS)

3/12/18 Public comment period for new individualized home supports service

3/9/18 Changes to process for CDCS budget methodology exception

3/9/18 Services for children with autism, related conditions focus of parent meetings

3/2/18 Minnesota Department of Human Services launches Waiver Reimagine project

3/1/18 Become an Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention provider

February 2018

2/28/18 Free online training available for employment services providers
2/27/18 DHS adds services to BI, CAC and CADI waivers

2/27/18 DHS identifies settings that must complete a Phase 2 provider attestation

2/13/18 Minnesota seeks stakeholders to serve on Community First Services and Supports council

2/8/18 Positive Support Transition Plan (PSTP) Instructions updated

2/8/18 Electronic Visit Verification System legislative report available

2/7/18 DHS hosts Feb. 16 meeting on autism provider shortage

2/6/18 DHS updates several assessment and screening documents

2/2/18 Case management training survey

2/2/18 Free skills- and interest-based employment training opportunity

January 2018

1/30/18 Learn about ways to support families and people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and dementia
1/29/18 Become a person-centered thinking trainer

1/22/18 2018 National Core Indicators – Aging and Disabilities project begins this week

1/18/18 DHS changing the way you include informal caregivers in support plans

1/16/18 DHS offers free online training for anyone who works with or supports a person with autism

1/4/18 National Certified Employment Support Professional examination scheduled Feb. 5

1/2/18 Monitoring technology grants to serve people with disabilities

December 2017

12/29/17 CDCS Policy Manual updates
12/29/17 DHS adds services to BI, CAC, CADI and DD waivers

12/28/17 Disability innovation grants RFP available

12/7/17 CBSM and policy updates

12/5/17 DHS has resolved issue affecting enrollment status of case managers and health care coordinators in service authorizations and screening documents

12/4/17 DHS requests public comments on the Community Alternative Care (CAC) Waiver application

November 2017

11/30/17 More information about Phase 2 of HCBS provider attestation
11/17/17 New LTSS notice-of-action guidance for lead agencies

11/9/17 Issue affecting entry of case managers and health care coordinators on service authorizations and screening documents

October 2017

10/31/17 January update scheduled for DWRS component values
10/30/17 Waiver funding lawsuit dismissed

10/27/17 DHS posts 2017 legislative session summary

10/26/17 Free skills- and interest-based employment training opportunity

10/25/17 DHS to begin phase 2 of HCBS provider attestation

10/24/17 Important updates about the Rate Management System

September 2017

9/25/17 CORRECTION to 9/1 eList: Update to the new process to determine eating-related ADL dependencies for children
9/13/17 Provider attestation deadlines

9/1/17 New process to determine eating-related ADL dependencies for children who use CDCS

August 2017

8/31/17 Two new exceptions to the licensing moratorium on CFC/CRS development
8/30/17 National Certified Employment Support Professional examination scheduled Oct. 17

8/30/17 Disability reassessments when county of residence and county of financial responsibility are different

8/28/17 Introducing Disability Hub MN

8/24/17 Public comment period for fall 2017 amendments to the waiver plans

8/23/17 Free skills- and interest-based employment training opportunity

8/18/17 DD Screening Document guide for assessing children in MnCHOICES

8/17/17 Open recruitment for External Program Review Committee

July 2017

7/20/17 Housing information and resources mailed to people who receive waiver services
7/13/17 July changes to Rate Management System frameworks

7/12/17 All clear: Counties and tribes may resume full use of MMIS system

7/12/17 Public comment period for amendments to disability waiver plans

7/10/17 LTSS rate changes reminder: Do not add or make changes to service agreements

7/5/17 Updated assessment forms

June 2017

6/29/17 2017 Continuing Care provider rate changes
6/26/17 Host county notification process

6/22/17 ICF/DD Local System Needs Plan deadline extended to Sept. 30, 2017

6/16/17 July changes to Rate Management System

6/15/17 Reminder that ICF/DD Local System Needs Plans are due July 1

6/14/17 More information about provider-signature requirements for HCBS support plans

6/9/17 CMS grants initial approval to Minnesota’s HCBS statewide transition plan

6/8/17 Updated monitoring technology usage policy

6/5/17 CDCS policy changes and updates

6/5/17 Employment learning community recruiting new members

May 2017

5/31/17 Update on the discontinuation of the residential care waiver service
5/30/17 Waiver amendments approved by CMS

5/24/17 June 21, 22 public meetings in Duluth about the EIDBI Benefit

5/22/17 DHS seeks public comment on Reform 2020 waiver renewal

5/16/17 Extension of transition period for compliance with home and community-based settings requirements

5/15/17 Nationally recognized Partners in Policymaking program opens for applications

5/8/17 New resources available for HCBS provider-attestation process

5/8/17 Grants available to fund innovative ideas for people with disabilities

April 2017

4/27/17 Attestation deadline is April 30 for adult day and customized living providers
4/27/17 Updated public guardianship pages in CBSM

4/17/17 Provider attestation toolkits available for supported living, foster care, DTH, prevocational and structured day services

4/10/17 DHS offers free training for supported employment services providers

4/5/17 April 21 public meeting about the EIDBI Benefit

March 2017

3/31/17 30-day public comment period for amendments to the disability waiver plans
3/31/17 Provider attestation toolkit available for customized living and adult day services

3/29/17 Updated EIDBI Benefit information and other autism-related resources

3/24/17 New guide for support planners

3/22/17 DHS dental clinics available for people with disabilities

3/15/17 Updates on the home and community-based services (HCBS) rule and the provider attestation requirement

3/2/17 DHS requests public comments on Developmental Disabilities Waiver application

February 2017

2/27/17 Changes to transitional services under BI, CAC, CADI and DD waivers
2/21/17 WIOA guidance
2/16/17 Improvements to the waiver/AC service vendor tracking log (DHS-7004A)
2/13/17 DHS, UMN seek applicants for person-centered supports training program

2/9/17 Changes to the hardship waiver criteria under spousal impoverishment rules

January 2017

1/24/17 National Core Indicators survey launches
1/18/17 DHS hosts Affordable Care Act forum Jan. 26

1/12/17 Free positive behavior support training opportunity

1/6/17 New provider signature requirements for CSSPs

1/3/17 Night supervision services now available under CADI Waiver

Additional resources

CBSM – DSD lead agency eList information
DHS – Archive of DSD stakeholder eList announcements

DSD training news and information

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