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Personal support

Page posted: 10/1/03

Page reviewed: 7/27/10

Page updated: 5/30/17

Legal authority

Federally approved DD Waiver Plan, Minn. Stat. §245D.03


Personal support: Non-medical care, supervision and assistance provided in the home of the person or in the community to achieve increased independence, productivity and inclusion in the community.

Covered services

Personal support services relate to outcomes identified in the person’s support plan when teaching and training is not necessary to attain these outcomes. Covered services include:

  • • Least costly assistance to reasonably meet the person’s needs
  • • Non-medical care
  • • Supervision.
  • The person may use personal support to access community services and participate in community activities. When this is the case, the provider must utilize integrated community settings.

    Non-covered services

    Personal support does not cover services that duplicate other Minnesota state plan or waiver services.

    Secondary information

    Personal support is not a habilitation service. Therefore, personal support may complement a DD Waiver residential habilitation service. However, it may not be the only waiver service provided to a person. This is because the DD Waiver requires a person to need a residential habilitations service to be eligible for the waiver.

    The lead agency monitors personal support services provided and assures coordination with other services.

    Provider standards and qualifications

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

    License requirements

    A personal support provider must have a license under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 245D as a basic support service provider. A provider 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 (PDF).

    Authorization, rates and billing

    Personal support is a framework service. The lead agency uses the Rate Management System (RMS) to determine rates. For more information, see CBSM – Rate Management System and Long-Term Services and Supports Service Rate Limits, DHS-3945 (PDF).

    Additional resources

    CBSM – BI, CAC, CADI and DD waivers general process and procedures
    Rate Management System (RMS) User Manual

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