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The Minnesota Department of Human Services Disability Services Division manages publicly funded programs that support people with a variety of disabilities, including developmental disabilities, chronic medical conditions, acquired or traumatic brain injuries and physical disabilities.
Over the past two decades, Minnesota has successfully transitioned from high use of institutional services, such as regional treatment centers and nursing facilities, to effectively serving people with disabilities with flexible, cost-effective home and community-based services. These services promote CHOICE.
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2013 spring flooding emergency preparedness
As Minnesotans in some areas prepare for flooding, it is important that people with disabilities take steps to prepare for possible flooding. Being prepared can increase your ability to care for yourself during a disaster. Find more information on spring flooding and emergency preparedness.
2013 legislative session fact sheets added to DHS website
Fact sheets that summarize proposals for human services have been added to the facts sheets page on the DHS public website.
Long-term supports and services report available
The 2013 Biennial Report on Long-Term Supports and Services for People with Disabilities (PDF) was recently submitted to the Minnesota legislature and is now available through eDocs. The report was prepared in response to legislation enacted in 2012 requiring the DHS to report, biennially, on the department’s overarching goals and priorities for persons with disabilities, including how programs administered by the commissioner are supporting them.
The report explains the Disability Services Division’s placement within the Continuing Care Administration, particularly the relationship between DSD and the Aging and Adult Services Division. The report discusses CCA’s policy direction, including an overview of Reform 2020 (particularly those elements that related to DSD).
Let us know if you are unable to find information about Disability Services Division programs and services. E-mail the DHS DSD Response Center.
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