Long-Term Care Consultation Services help people make decisions about long-term care

Long-Term Care Consultation Services (LTCC) include a variety of services designed to help people make decisions about long-term care. Consultants help people and their families choose services that reflect their needs and preferences.

How does it work?

Services are provided locally. Each county has a team made up of at least one social worker and one public health nurse.

This team provides:

  • • information and education about local long-term care options,
  • • an in-person visit to assess needs and help plan services,
  • • information about public programs that can help pay for services, and
  • • transition assistance for people who want to return to community settings after admission to a facility
  • More than 70 percent of the people who receive these services are age 65 or older, but services are available to people of all ages with long-term or chronic care needs.

    Each county receives an allocation through payments to the nursing facilities within the county to fund LTCC services. In addition, the county receives a fee for in-person assessments for all persons under 65, and for transition assistance provided to all persons eligible for Medical Assistance. No person or their family can be charged for an initial assessment and support planning visit, whether provided in the community to avoid nursing facility admission or provided as transition assistance to return to the community.

  • The LTCC team will make recommendations for community services or nursing facility admission when community-based services are not feasible; the person makes the final decision about services.
  • How much does it cost?

  • • $6.7 million in FY 2010 for county allocations
  • Allocations financing: 33 percent state/ 33 percent federal/ 33 percent private pay
  • • $4.9 million face-to-face visits to people under age 65 in FY2010
  • Who is served?

    Screenings/ assessments FY 2010: over 57,000 interventions, including 26,000 telephone screenings for admission to certified nursing facilities

    Where can I learn more about Long-Term Care Consultation Services?

    For more detailed information about Long-Term Care Consultation services, including activities required for all nursing facility admissions, consult Minnesota Statutes §256B.0911 or your Long-Term Care Consultation Intake worker.

    Information about Alternative Care
    Information about Elderly Waiver

    Long Term Care Consultation Fact Sheet

    Bulletins related to Long-term care consultation services can be found under bulletin topic #25 Aging Initiative.

    January 2007, MN Dept. of Human Services, Aging and Adult Services, (651) 431-2600

    To apply for the Alternative Care program, please call a Long-Term Care Consultation Intake worker in the county where you live. If you are looking for assistance with other services or more information about counties, contact your local county social service office or public health office.

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