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Community-Based Services Manual / Disability Services Program Manual

This manual is a reference tool for lead agencies who administer home and community-based services that support older Minnesotans and people with disabilities. This manual replaces DHS Bulletins as the primary means of information dissemination to lead agencies for the Disability Services Division. Aging and Adult Services will continue to disseminate bulletins to lead agencies in addition to updating the manual.

News and events

July 12, 2013 – DHS has modified the left-hand navigation for the Aging and Disability Community-Based Services Manual to accommodate the inclusion of assessment, service planning and service policies across the aging population as well as people with disabilities. You will notice much of the navigation has stayed the same. Some of the more notable changes are:

  • • Adding a Managed Care chapter
  • • Expanding the Additional Resources chapter into Resources and Consultation and
  • • Renaming the Screening chapter to Assessments and Service Planning
  • DHS will continue to update these pages over the next several months to include information about the Alternative Care Program, Elderly Waiver, MnCHOICES assessment, certified assessors, provider enrollment standards and more. Watch for e-list announcements that highlight changes and the addition of new content.

    Navigate the manual

    What’s New – Find a list of recent changes to content in the CBSM.

    CBSM site map – Find a list of pages in the CBSM by sorted by general section and subsection.

    Receive notice of public comments periods, policy changes and more

    DSD electronic mailing list – Sign up for the Lead Agency EList to hear about and receive notice of public comment periods, federal and state policy changes, updates and revisions in the CBSM.

    DSD lead agency e-list archives page – Find a list of past announcements sorted by calendar year and month.

    AC/EW Email Group - Aging and Adult Services division manages an electronic mailing list for lead agency and managed care organization staff to receive information about Aging and Adult services. Check back for more information.


    Disability and Aging PolicyQuest – Online system for lead agencies to submit policy questions for written responses.

    MMIS Resource Center Help Desk – Technical assistance on the Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) to lead agencies for disability and aging related MMIS issues (edits, screening documents and service agreements).

    Regional Resources Specialists – Disability related case consultation, regional meetings and planning for lead agencies.

    DSD Response Center – General questions regarding Disability Services Division programs.

    For additional information on aging and adult home and community services, go to the DHS aging website.

    Notify Information Desk of changes to county listing

    Email any name, address, phone or other changes to the Information Desk. DHS’s Information Desk staff update the DHS county and tribe information (PDF).

    Sign up for e-mail notification of DHS news updates

    Subscribe to News from DHS if you would like to be added to a monthly e-mail notification list for department news and Web site updates.

    Web site available for bulk orders of preprinted DHS documents

    Counties, tribes, health care providers and others may access the order fulfillment website to order preprinted DHS forms. This replaces the fillable DHS form previously used to order department documents.

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