DSD training news and information

DHS provides a variety of training opportunities for lead agency staff and other interested stakeholders. Available training focuses on the state and federal programs administered by DSD and DHS.

The terminology used to describe people with disabilities has changed over time. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) supports the use of "People First" language. Although outmoded and offensive terms might be found within documents on the DHS website, DHS does not endorse these terms.

Scheduled training and information updates

Name of training




Support planning professionals learning community

Jan. 30, 2019

10 – 11:30 a.m.


Building a strong foundation of knowledge: Rule 185 and the DD waiver




MnCHOICES mentors alliance meeting

March 6, 2019

1 – 4 p.m.


Positive behavior support training sequence

Jan. – June, 2019

9 a.m. 4 p.m.

St. Paul and statewide

EIDBI provider technical assistance/Q&A sessions

Monthly, 2019

2 – 3 p.m.


EIDBI provider input and information sessions

Quarterly, 2019

11 a.m. –
12:30 p.m.

St. Paul and statewide

Person-centered training opportunities




Supported decision-making: Protecting rights, ensuring choices (PDF)


On demand


Positive support rule (MN Rule 9544) (PDF)


On demand


Note: Most of our webinars use WebEx. Use our WebEx meeting (PDF) and WebEx event (PDF) guides to help sign on and use the WebEx platform.


Archive of past DSD training and handouts

Additional training opportunities

Person-centered support planning resources for lead agencies

Supervisors, case managers and assessors can use the person-centered support planning resources to support development of person-centered practices. This guidance will help you develop support plans that meet Minnesota Department of Human Services person-centered requirements.

Person-centered training

DHS collaborates with the University of Minnesota to provide person-centered training. For more information, see:

DSD person-centered training information pageU of M Research and Training Center on Community Living’s Person-centered thinking and planning training page


DirectCourse is an online learning management system where users can take courses at their own pace.

The College of Direct Support and the Person Centered Counseling programs offer a variety of courses to enhance the skills of people supporting individuals with disabilities.

To sign up for DirectCourse, please fill out a request for a learner account or e-mail dhs.dsd_cds@state.mn.us

DHS HIPAA modules

In July 2014, DHS released the new required courses for data practices and security, Handling MN Information Securely. This suite of courses replaces HR551, Protecting Information Privacy, and HR552, Putting Security Into Action.

County and tribal staff should take the courses from the above link even if they have a TrainLink account with DHS.

Please note: You no longer need a course code number to take the training.

Online learning

DSD has several self-paced online learning modules available in the TrainLink learning management system.

Training registration

While anyone can view general information, users need a Unique Key to register and attend trainings. In TrainLink, select “Class schedule and registration” to choose from a category or view all available live classes. After registering for a module, learners can start, pause, stop and revisit the modules at any time.

For training events with large audiences, DSD offers DHS Online Registration. Look under Continuing Care – Disability Services to view events, online training or certain PCA training options.

DSD training information

Questions or feedback?

Please contact the Disability Services Division training unit with questions or feedback.

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