What Programs Are Available To Assist People With Disabilities in Minnesota?

Is there a Medicaid waiver program in Minnesota? Minnesota has several waivers including:

  • Elderly Waiver
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Community Alternative Care
  • Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals

What state department handles the Medicaid waiver program in Minnesota? The Minnesota Department of Human Services Disability Services Division manages publicly funded programs that support people with a variety of disabilities, including developmental disabilities, chronic medical conditions, acquired or traumatic brain injuries and physical disabilities.

What programs assist people who have developmental disabilities in Minnesota? The Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver is available for persons with disabilities in Minnesota. the DD Waiver requires a person to need a residential habilitative service to be eligible for the waiver. There is also the Consumer Support Grant program, a state-funded alternative to Medicaid home care services.

What is the best number to call to get started? (651) 554-6436, Intake Worker OR Contact 651-554-5611 to get a Medical Assistance application.

Is there a website? mn.gov/dhs

Who Qualifies For Assistance?

What is considered a developmental disability in Minnesota? To be eligible, the person must have an IQ and adaptive scores under 70. A person may also be eligible if they have a related condition such as cerebral palsy, autism or a seizure disorder, and they must have limitations in areas such as self-care, communication, social skills, learning, mobility, self-direction and independent living. You also must have a developmental disability as defined in MN Rule 9525.0016 or a related condition as defined in Minnesota Statutes 252.27, subd 1a.

Are there income limits to receive services in Minnesota? Unknown

How old do you have to be to start receiving services in Minnesota? Unknown

Is There a Waiting List For Services?

How long is the waiting list for Waiver Services in Minnesota? Your wait for waiver services depends on the services you require. Depending on the service needed, the wait could be very long, possibly several years.

How many people are on the waiting list in Minnesota ? There are about 3600 people on the waiting list in Minnesota.

How many people are currently receiving services in Minnesota? There are about 15,000 people getting waiver services in Minnesota.

What assistance is available while you wait? The Consumer Support Grant program is a state-funded alternative to Medicaid home care services of home health aide, personal care assistance and/or private duty nursing. Grants are based on home care assessments and ratings for the home health aide, private duty nursing or personal care assistant services. Consumers can obtain an estimate of their grant from their county coordinator or the DHS Consumer Support Grant coordinator. Application for the Consumer Support Grant Program can be made at your local county social service agency. Currently not all counties offer CSG. Consumers should contact their local county social service agency with questions about the Consumer Support Grant.

Is there priority preference for people who are in crisis in Minnesota? Yes

What Services Are Offered & What Are The Service Limitations?

What services does the Medicaid waiver program offer in Minnesota? Developmental Disability Services will identify the support and services each individual needs. Some of the options include: Adult day care; Assistive technology; Caregiver training and education; Case management; Chore services; Consumer-directed community supports; Consumer training and education; Crisis services; Day training and habilitation services; 24-hour emergency assistance; Extended personal care assistant services; Homemaker services; Housing access coordination; In-home family support services; Live-in personal caregiver expenses; Modifications to the home or vehicle; Personal support; Respite care; Specialist services; Supported employment services; Supported living services; Transitional services; Transportation services

Not all services are available to all individuals, there are additional eligibility requirements that may have to be met. There may also be waiting lists or it may take a significant amount of time to develop a service. The funding for a service is subject to availability and the limits of county, state, and federal funds.

What services are available to people living in the family home in Minnesota? Services available to people living in their family home include: In-Home Family Support Services, Respite, nursing, personal care, Adult day care

Does Minnesota offer community group homes? Minnesota offers Supportive Living Services (SLS); Traditional Family Foster Care; Hybrid Family Foster Care (Dakkota County only); and Intermediate Care Facilities. Supportive Living Services is a Medicaid waiver service for individuals who require a 24 hour plan-of-care. A SLS is limited to four or fewer individuals

Does Minnesota offer supported living? Services available for developmental disabled persons living in their own home include: Supported Living Services, 24-Hour Emergency Assistance, Chore, and Day Training and Habilitation. There is also Semi Independent Living Services (SILS) which provides support services to adults who are living or planning to live in their own home. A SILS counselor assists the individual in a variety of areas to live independently. Some of the areas are money management, care of an apartment, meal planning, shopping, first-aid training, personal appearance and hygiene, social/recreation, rights and responsibilities of community living, and transportation usage.

Are there still state owned institutions in Minnesota? There are no state institutions to seclude those with developmental disabilities. Minnesota closed its last remaining institution in June 2011.

How Do You Select A Provider?

Do Minnesota providers work for the state? No, providers in Minnesota do not work for the state.

About how many providers are there in Minnesota? Unknown

Do you have a choice in providers in Minnesota? Community-based services promote individual and family self-sufficiency and maintain an individual's or family's optimum level of independence in the community. Services include home care, residential and work-related services.

How Do You Become A Provider?

Is There A Fee? No, there is no fee to become a provider in Minnesota.

Call provider enrollment at (800) 366-5411.

Additional Information

You can apply for waiver programs at your local county social services agency. Eligibility for all waiver programs is determined through a screening process. The DHS Disability Services Division administers the BI, CAC, CADI and DD waiver programs. The DHS Aging and Adult Services Division administers the Elderly Waiver (EW) waiver program.

If you have SSI through Social Security, that is proof of disability, so a letter from Social Security showing benefits is helpful. If possible, provide copies of physical exams from doctors. A copy of the original birth certificates, copies of Social Security cards, any test results like intellectual (IQ) and adaptive (functioning) testing are necessary to get services.

MN Providers

Minnesota Providers


Dungarvin Minnesota, LLC (651) 699-0206
Serving Minnesota - Provides In-Home Support, Supported Living, Independent Living, Adult Foster Care & Assisted Living Plus services for individuals on waiver programs.


Minnesota Waivers
  • Alternative Care is a program that supports certain home and community-based services for older Minnesotans, age 65 years and over, who are at risk of nursing home placement and have low levels of income and assets (AC is administered by the DHS Aging and Adult Services Division)
  • Brain Injury (BI) Waiver for persons with acquired or traumatic brain injuries who need the level of care provided in a nursing facility that provides specialized (cognitive and behavioral supports) services for persons with brain injury or neurobehavioral hospital level of care
  • Community Alternative Care (CAC) Waiver for chronically ill and medically fragile persons who need the level of care provided in a hospital
  • Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI) Waiver for persons with disabilities who require the level of care provided in a nursing facility
  • Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver for persons with developmental disability or related condition who need the level of care provided in an Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DD)
  • Elderly Waiver (EW) for people over the age of 65 years who require the level of care provided in a nursing facility (EW is administered by the DHS Aging and Adult Services Division)


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