The Minnesota Department of Human Services is seeking public comments on Summer 2020 federal waiver plan amendments before state officials submit the amendments to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval. The amendments apply to the following home and community-based services (HCBS) waivers:
- Brain Injury (BI)
- Community Access for Disability Inclusion (CADI)
- Community Alternative Care (CAC)
- Developmental Disabilities (DD)
The amendments are Phase One of the Waiver Reimagine project. The are meant to make a number of modifications, to:
- Change the current service menu to streamline duplicative services across the current service array.
- Address the intent of the HCBS settings standards more fully.
- Support community inclusion and expand services to create more options for people.
The changes will not result in a decrease to services and supports for people who currently use waiver services.
Members of the public can submit comments in different ways. Comments can be emailed to DSD. PublicComments@state.mn.us no later than 4 p.m. Monday, August 24.
Comments can also be accepted by mail. Mail written comments to: ATTN: Waiver Amendments, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Disability Services Division, P.O. Box 64967, St. Paul, MN 55164-0967.
For information on how to access the full versions of Minnesota’s approved waiver plans, see CBSM – How to get a copy of a federally approved waiver plan. Additional information can be accessed via the DHS DSD e-list page.
Anyone who is unable to access the amendment document electronically may request a copy. Email the DSD Response Center at DSD.ResponseCenter@state.mn.us.
Or send a written request to: ATTN: Waiver Amendments, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Disability Services Division, P.O. Box 64967, St. Paul, MN 55164-0967
A third option for people who cannot email a request for the document is to call the DSD Response Center at 651-431-4300.