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Assistive technology

Page posted: 10/1/03

Page reviewed: 12/26/13

Page updated: 5/26/17

Legal authority

Federally approved DD Waiver Plan


Assistive technology: Devices, equipment or a combination of both that improve the person's ability to:

  • • Communicate in the community
  • • Control or access his/her environment
  • • Perform activities of daily living.
  • Covered services


    Assistive technology / assessment covers assessment of the person’s need for assistive devices, including software.


    Assistive technology / equipment covers:

  • • Equipment rental during a trial period, customization, training and technical assistance
  • • Maintenance, repair of devices and rental of equipment during periods of equipment repair
  • • Most appropriate selection of a product from the available options
  • • Ongoing training and evaluation for the person and caregiver about the product.
  • Electronic tablet

    If the person on the waiver uses an electronic tablet only for purposes of augmentative communication, the device is funded through the state plan as durable medical equipment.

    If the person on the waiver uses an electronic tablet as part of a system of environmental controls and as an augmentative communication device, the device is funded through the assistive technology waiver service.

    Provider standards and qualifications


    Assistive technology / assessment is a DHS enrollment-required service. For more information, see CBSM – Waiver/AC service provider overview.

    The provider who assesses the person’s assistive technology needs must be one of the following professionals:

  • • Physician licensed under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 147.
  • • Certified through the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society
  • • Certified through California State University Northridge's Assistive Technology Program
  • • Occupational therapist currently registered by the American Occupational Therapy Association as an occupational therapist
  • • Physical therapist who is a graduate of a program of physical therapy approved by both the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association and the American Physical Therapy Association or its equivalent, and registered under Minn. Stat. §148.70
  • • Speech-language pathologist who has a certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathologies from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • Equipment

    Assistive technology / equipment is an approval-option: purchased-item service. For more information, see CBSM – Waiver/AC service provider overview.

    Authorization, rates and billing

    The lead agency authorizes assistive technology at the market rate. For more information, see Long-Term Services and Supports Service Rate Limits, DHS-3945 (PDF).


    The lead agency may authorize and provide assistive technology before a person’s discharge from an institution if the person is expected to be discharged and enrolled on the DD Waiver. The lead agency can only bill for assistive technology services after the date the person is discharged from the institution and enrolled on the DD Waiver.

    Unforeseen circumstances

    If the person does not enroll on the DD Waiver for any unforeseen reason (i.e., death or a significant change in condition) the lead agency may request reimbursement for expense(s) it incurred in anticipation of the person enrolling.

    For more information, see CBSM — Waiver/AC reimbursement for unforeseen circumstances.

    Managed care organization (MCO)

    If the person receives or was receiving services through an MCO, the lead agency contacts the specific MCO about procedures it needs to follow for reimbursement. An MCO may not request reimbursement from DHS under unforeseen circumstances.

    Additional resources

    CBSM – BI, CAC, CADI and DD waivers general process and procedures
    CBSM — Waiver/AC reimbursement for unforeseen circumstances

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