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Monitoring technology usage

Page posted: 11/8/13

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Page updated: 11/8/13

Legal Authority

Federally approved BI, CAC, CADI, DD and Elderly Waiver Plans, Minn. Stat. §256b.4914

Background

The BI, CAC, CADI, DD and Elderly Waiver plans prohibit the use of cameras in bathrooms and only allow cameras in bedrooms if approved by DHS. Additionally, as of Jan. 1, 2014, support plans containing the use of monitoring technology require annual submission to the Monitoring Technology Review Panel.

Applicability

New and existing use of any type of monitoring technology used to provide remote monitoring to support a person in their home and is funded under one of the following home and community-based waivers:

  • • Brain Injury Waiver
  • • Community Alternative Care Waiver
  • • Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals Waiver
  • • Developmental Disabilities Waiver
  • • Alternative Care Waiver
  • • Elderly Waiver
  • Home is defined as the person’s own home or a provider-controlled residence. Includes the purchase, installation and monitoring of cameras in bedrooms using waiver funds.

    Covered services

    Monitoring cameras may be permitted in bedrooms as the least restrictive alternative for people with complex medical needs or other extreme circumstances. DHS must approve all requests, initially and annually thereafter, to use monitoring cameras in bedrooms.

    Limitations

    Monitoring cameras never may be installed in bathrooms. Any request containing the use of cameras in bathrooms will be denied.

    Adult foster care and community residential settings

    The annual approval process for cameras in bedrooms does not replace procedures for requesting variances for alternate overnight supervision and/or alternative overnight supervision technology licenses. These requests must continue to be made through the licensing division of DHS.

    Monitoring Technology Review Panel

    DHS is establishing a Monitoring Technology Review Panel to review the usage of residential direct care provided remotely through monitoring technology. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, lead agencies will submit service/support plans that include supervision using monitoring technology as of Dec. 31, 2013, and annually thereafter.

    DHS will review the annual coordinated services and support plans, and will approve the safeguards and rates.

    More information will be available once the panel is established and the approval procedures are in place.

    Approval procedures

    Effective immediately

    To request the purchase, installation and monitoring of a camera in a bedroom initially or annually, complete the Monitoring Technology Authorization Form DHS 6789 (PDF). Submit forms in one of two ways:

    1. Email completed form with the required Community Service and Support Plan to hcbs-mt.review@state.mn.us.
    2. Fax this request form with the required Community Service and Support Plan to the Monitoring Technology Review Panel at 651-431-7411.

    Effective Jan. 1, 2014

    Send support plans containing the use of monitoring technology to the monitoring technology review panel at hcbs-mt.review@state.mn.us, along with a completed Monitoring Technology Authorization Form DHS 6789 (PDF).

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