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The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Aging and Adult Services Division is conducting a survey

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Aging and Adult Services Division is conducting a survey of provider wages and costs to support the evaluation of the new legislatively-mandated rate methodology for a number of services provided under the state’s Elderly Waiver (EW), Alternative Care (AC), and Essential Community Supports (ECS) programs. The rate methodology also impacts customized living services provided under the Brain Injury and (BI) and Community Access for Disability Inclusion (CADI) programs. The new rate methodology will be partially implemented on January 1, 2019. DHS is required to provide a report to the legislature summarizing the results of its evaluation and providing any recommendations for changes to the methodology (Minnesota Statute 256B.0915, Subd. 11-17).

Completion of this survey is your opportunity to help inform this evaluation of the new rate methodology for these critical services. DHS identified a sample of providers to participate in the survey and will notify these providers individually, but welcomes and strongly encourages all providers to participate. Providers that do not have a business tax identification number or use their personal social security number as a business tax identification number do not need to complete a survey.

DHS plans to release the survey and instructions on Monday, April 30. Most providers will receive the survey by email. Providers contacted by mail will be directed to a website to access the survey. There will be two different surveys: one for providers who deliver one or more of the services being evaluated, and one for those who only provide home-delivered meals.

The following services are being evaluated:

  • Adult day – including adult day bath
  • Chore
  • Companion
  • Customized living
  • Foster care
  • Home delivered meals
  • Homemaker – including cleaning, home management, and personal care
  • Individual Community Living Support
  • Respite – including both in-home and out-of-home

Navigant Consulting, DHS’s contractor for this project, will be conducting trainings on how to complete the surveys and will be available via email and phone to answer questions. Navigant will also host a project website with supporting materials to help providers complete the survey.  The training schedule and link to the project website will be sent at a later date.

If you have any questions prior to the survey release, please feel free to contact:

Peter Spuit

Rate-Setting Policy Consultant | Aging and Adult Services Division

Minnesota Department of Human Services

PO Box 64976

St. Paul, MN 55164-0976

O: 651-431-2593