Make comments on waiver amendments before August 24 deadline

Make comments on waiver amendments before August 24 deadline

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.