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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.
News and events
Minnesotans urged to be vaccinated during National Influenza Vaccination week
National Influenza Vaccination Week runs Dec. 8-14, 2013. The Minnesota Department of Health is participating in this national campaign by partnering with local public health agencies and other health care providers to provide Minnesotans with opportunities to get their annual influenza vaccination. More information is available in a Dec. 2, 2013, MDH news release.
RFP process open to providers for quality improvement projects
On Nov. 12, 2013, DHS launched the Home and Community-Based Services Performance-based Incentive Payment Program (HCBS PIPP). A Request for Proposals (RFP) was released to provide additional payments to selected providers for time-limited quality improvement projects. More information on the RFP is available on the Home and Community Based Services Performance-Based Incentive Payment Program page.
Proposals must be submitted electronically to DHS.firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals must be received by 4:00 p.m. Central Time on Jan. 13, 2014 to be considered.
LTSS gaps analysis survey results for people with disabilities available
Results of the DHS 2012 Long-Term Services and Supports County Gaps Analysis Survey for people with disabilities are now available. In 2012, the Legislature expanded the scope of the analysis to include children and adults with disabilities and/or mental illnesses. The survey primarily asked about the availability of long-term services and supports. DHS recognizes that people may use any combination of services in the system.
This gaps analysis process helps DHS evaluate how to help Minnesotans to access the right service at the right time. More information is available on the 2012 Long-Term Services and Supports County Gaps Analysis for people for disabilities page, including a statewide summary report and individual county responses to the gaps analysis survey. There also are links to the Community Stakeholder Input Project report from The Improve Group and related reports for the other service areas such as nursing facilities, children’s mental health, adult mental health and aging and adult services.
Feedback sought on updated plan to help people with disabilities
Minnesota’s Olmstead Subcabinet has posted an updated draft of the Olmstead Plan. The plan will help ensure Minnesotans with disabilities have the opportunity to learn, work and enjoy life in the most integrated setting.
Changes and additions to the plan are ongoing. Agency teams are working to incorporate expert and stakeholder feedback in developing specific plans in areas such as employment, housing and transportation. The current draft (along with other resources, such as notes from subcabinet listening sessions) on Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan website.
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.
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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