New and exciting information released by MN DHS…

Minnesota secures federal health reform grant for people with disabilities and older Minnesotans
Department of Human Services leverages federal dollars to deliver better care
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced that Minnesota will receive $187.4 million to improve community services and support people in their homes rather than institutions. These dollars will help DHS provide more individualized care for some of Minnesota’s most vulnerable residents. First-year funding is $13.4 million.

The funding, part of the Affordable Care Act administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid

Services, is a Money Follows the Person demonstration program. While the program has operated for
five years, Minnesota had not applied for the funding until Gov. Mark Dayton directed state agencies to
more aggressively pursue opportunities for health reform funding.

The funding, part of the Affordable Care Act administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is a Money Follows the Person demonstration program. While the program has operated for five years, Minnesota had not applied for the funding until Gov. Mark Dayton directed state agencies to more aggressively pursue opportunities for health reform funding.

According to Minnesota Human Services Commissioner the funds will be used to:

  • Simplify and improve the effectiveness of transition services that help people return to their homes after hospital or nursing facility stays.
  • Advance promising practices to better serve individuals with complex needs.
  • Increase stability of individuals in the community by strengthening connections among healthcare, community support and housing systems.
  • Decrease reliance on institutional care and increase use of home and community-based services by setting priorities to address specific institutional needs for reform. This would begin with intermediate care facilities for people with developmental disabilities and children’s psychiatric placements.
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