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Transitional services – BI, CAC, CADI and DD

Page posted: 11/4/05

Page reviewed: 2/27/17

Page updated: 9/10/18

Legal authority

Federally approved BI, CAC, CADI and DD waiver plans, Minn. Stat. §256B.0916, Minn. Stat. §256B.49


Transitional services no longer cover supports during the transition process. These supports, such as assistance to locate and secure a home, now are available under housing access coordination. For more information, see CBSM – Housing access coordination.


Transitional services: Items and expenses necessary and reasonable for a person to transition from an eligible setting to his/her own home.


A person is eligible to receive transitional services if he/she is:

  • • Age 18 or older
  • • Moving from an eligible setting to his/her own home
  • • Moving to a setting where these items and expenses are not normally furnished
  • • Not able to access transitional services from other funding sources (e.g., community nonprofit organizations).
  • A person must also:

  • • Be enrolled on the BI, CAC, CADI or DD waiver or be reasonably expected to enroll within 180 days
  • • Remain enrolled on the waiver for no less than 180 days after moving from the eligible setting to his/her own home.
  • Eligible settings

    A person can use transitional services to move to his/her own home from any of the following eligible settings:

  • • Adult foster care homes (corporate and family)
  • • Hospitals
  • • Institution for mental diseases (IMD)
  • • Intensive rehabilitation treatment and Rule 36 settings
  • • Intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities (ICDs/DD)
  • • Nursing facilities
  • • Registered housing with services establishments (e.g., customized living)
  • • Unlicensed settings (e.g., a person’s own home or family home).
  • Own home

    A person’s own home is a setting that he or she owns, rents or leases that is not operated, owned or leased by a provider of services or supports.

    Covered services

    Transitional services cover:

  • • Essential furniture (e.g., bed frames, box spring and mattress, dining table and chairs, dressers, lamps, sofas)
  • • Lease or rental deposits
  • • Household supplies (e.g., cleaning supplies, dishes, drinking glasses, flatware, pots and pans, sheets, towels)
  • • Moving expenses (e.g., moving vehicle rental, packing, unpacking)
  • • Pest and allergen treatment of the home
  • • Utility set-up fees and deposits
  • • Window coverings.
  • Non-covered services

    Transitional services do not cover:

  • • Clothing
  • • Food
  • • Items, expenses or supports that duplicate other waiver services (e.g., chore services, homemaker, environmental accessibility adaptations, specialized equipment and supplies)
  • • Recreational and diversionary items (e.g., computers, DVD players, televisions, cable access)
  • • Rent or mortgage payments
  • • Supports to move (e.g., assistance from people to arrange for utilities or locate and secure a home; see CBSM – Housing access coordination).
  • Service amount

    Per person, transitional services cover a maximum of:

  • • $3,000 per transition
  • • One transition every three years.
  • The cost of essential furniture may not exceed $1,000 of the $3,000.

    The cost of household supplies may not exceed $300 of the $3,000.

    Secondary information

    The lead agency must:

  • • Determine this service is reasonable and necessary
  • • Document the items and expenses this service will cover in the person’s support plan.
  • Provider standards and qualifications

    Transitional services are approval-option: purchased-item services. For more information, see CBSM – Waiver/AC service provider overview.
    Providers must:

  • • Maintain all applicable licenses, permits and registrations as required for their business
  • • Provide services in a cost-effective and appropriate way to meet the person’s needs as identified in his/her support plan.
  • Authorization, rates and billing

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


    The lead agency:

  • • Must authorize transitional services to be provided prior to or within 45 days of the person’s move from the eligible setting
  • • May authorize transitional services before a person is discharged from an eligible setting if the person is expected to be discharged and enrolled on a waiver
  • • Can only bill for transitional services after the date the person is discharged from the eligible setting and enrolled on the waiver.
  • Unforeseen circumstances

    If the person does not enroll on the waiver for an 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 – Housing access coordination

    CBSM – Housing resources

    CBSM – Waiver/AC reimbursement for unforeseen circumstances

    Minnesota Department of Health – Health care provider directory

    Moving Home Minnesota Program Manual

    My Move Plan Summary, DHS-3936 (PDF)
    (For more information on the move plan summary, see the July 14, 2016, DSD eList announcement)
    The Arc of Minnesota – Housing access services

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