Page posted: 10/01/03
Page reviewed: 8/22/11
Page updated: 5/12/15
Federally approved BI, CAC, CADI and DD Waiver plans, Minn. Stat. §245D.03
Respite: Short-term care services provided due to the absence or need for relief of the family member(s) or primary caregiver normally providing the care.
In-home or out-of-home respite settings must meet necessary provider licensure and qualifications. Respite may be provided in the participant's home or place of residence, or one of the following out of home settings:
Respite care is only provided for a primary caregiver meeting the following criteria:
BI/CAC/CADI Waiver only
Respite care is limited to 30 consecutive days per respite stay in accordance with the plan of care.
With the exception of a community emergency or disaster, respite care is not available for people residing in:
Respite care provided in the person’s home or other private residence will not include room and board payments.
The DD Waiver does not reimburse respite care for:
Community emergency / Disaster
If a community emergency or disaster requires a waiver recipient to relocate from a current residence, a licensed and qualified provider may provide out-of-home respite services for the primary caregiver. The primary caregiver:
1. Must approve the request as a necessary expenditure related to the emergency or disaster.
Community emergency/Disaster respite process
When a community emergency or natural disaster affects Minnesota, DHS works closely with the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to monitor the situation. As part of DHS’ emergency preparedness activities, protocols are in place to ensure each DHS business area is in communication with lead agencies and providers who may be affected by a disaster.
If waiver residential providers need to relocate participants to ensure their health and safety, the providers or lead agencies should contact the DSD Regional Resource Specialist assigned to that county for information on:
Provider standards and qualifications
Respite care is a DHS enrollment-required service. For more information, see CBSM – Waiver/AC service provider overview.
In-home respite care
Unless excluded, a respite provider must meet one of the following requirements:
Out-of-home respite care
An out-of-home respite provider must meet one of the following requirements:
1. Hospital licensing standards under Minn. Stat. §144.50 to 144.56.
In some cases, a person who receives in-home respite or out-of-home respite in a foster care setting can use an individual provider who meets requirements for exclusion from 245D licensure. For more information, see CBSM – Exclusions from 245D licensure.
Email questions about exclusion from DHS licensure to the DHS Licensing Division HCBS Unit.
Providers licensed under 245D must report all uses of controlled procedures, emergency use of manual restraint and prohibited procedures according to Minn. Stat. §245D.06, subd. 5 to DHS via the Behavioral Intervention Report Form DHS-5148.