MnCHOICES is one of three DHS initiatives to improve the dignity, health and independence of people with disabilities and older Minnesotans. The other two initiatives center on Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Provider Standards and the Disability Waivers Rate System.

What is MnCHOICES?

MnCHOICES is a web-based application that is comprehensive and integrates assessment and support planning for people who need long-term services and supports in Minnesota. MnCHOICES embraces a person-centered approach to ensure services meet each individual’s strengths, goals, preferences and assessed needs.

MnCHOICES is for people of all ages who have any type of disability or need for long-term services and supports. The MnCHOICES assessment will replace current long-term care assessment processes and forms, including:

  • • Developmental disability screening
  • • Long-term care consultation assessment
  • • Personal care assistance assessment
  • • Private duty nursing assessment (to be included in a future enhancement.)
  • MnCHOICES application

    The application:

  • • Increases consistency and equity in accessing a variety of home and community-based programs and services, including waivers
  • • Integrates Medical Assistance long-term care programs with other community-based service options
  • • Reduces the need for multiple assessments
  • • Streamlines support plan development
  • • Allows for data collection so DHS can evaluate outcomes and improve quality assurance functions.
  • What are some of the key initiative dates?

  • • August 2013: Lead agency launch groups and dates announced
  • • September 2013: Step 1 and Step 2 MnCHOICES Certified Assessor Training (MnCAT) available
  • • November 2013: Small group of lead agencies began to use MnCHOICES for new assessments
  • • June 2014: All Minnesota lead agencies using MnCHOICES for new assessments
  • • December 2014: All Minnesota lead agencies using MnCHOICES when reassessments are needed
  • What are some of the more frequently asked questions?

    Where can I find more information?

    Contact the MnCHOICES team by sending an email to DHS MnCHOICES.

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