Health care services

SEE ALSO: Health care costs 

Centers for Disease Control Release Videos: Swine Flu Symptoms
Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans, Commission of  
The Center for Disease Control (CDC), has released an informative video providing the public with information about what to watch for as it relates to H1N1 (Swine) Flu Symptoms. The ASL video has been made accessible with captioning and is available on YouTube.

Children with Special Health Needs (MCSHN)
Health Department  
Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs (MCSHN) provides leadership through partnerships with families and other key stakeholders to improve the access and quality of all systems impacting children and youth with special health care needs and their families.

Community Alternative Care (CAC) Waiver
Human Services Department  
The Community Alternative Care Waiver provides funding for home and community-based services for children and adults who are chronically ill. The CAC Waiver is designed to serve persons with disabilities who would otherwise require the level of care provided in a hospital. CAC Waiver services may be provided in a person’s own home, in his/her biological or adoptive family’s home, in a relative’s home (e.g. sibling, aunt, grandparent etc.), in a family foster care home or corporate foster care home.

Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI) Waiver
Human Services Department  
The Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals Waiver provides funding for home and community-based services for children and adults, who would otherwise require the level of care provided in a nursing facility. CADI Waiver services may be provided in a person’s own home, in his/her biological or adoptive family’s home, in a relative’s home (e.g. sibling, aunt, grandparent etc.), a family foster care home or corporate foster care home, a board and lodging facility or in an assisted living facility. If married, a person may receive CADI Waiver services while living at home with his or her spouse.

Community-based Waiver Programs (CAC & CADI)
Human Services Department  
Minnesota has chosen to enter into a number of waiver agreements in order to provide Minnesotans with more choice in their services. There are some differences in the services available in each waiver and the amount of money that a person can use to purchase supports. Home and community-based waiver programs are available to persons who meet the eligibility criteria.

Comprehensive Health Association
Comprehensive Health Association  
MCHA was established in 1976 by the Minnesota Legislature to offer policies of individual health insurance to Minnesota residents who have been turned down for health insurance by the private market, due to pre-existing health conditions. MCHA is sometimes referred to as Minnesota’s “high risk pool” for health insurance or health insurance of last resort.

Consumer -Directed Initiative
Human Services Department  
Consumer-direction gives people who need long-term care more choice and control over supports and services they receive. Minnesota is looking to provide consumer-direction across all home and community-based programs so people with disabilities and chronic illness may lead self-directed lives.

Consumer Directed Community Supports Service (CDCS)
Human Services Department  
Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS) is a unique service option that gives persons more flexibility and responsibility for directing their services and supports, including hiring and managing direct care staff. CDCS may include services, support and/or items currently available through the MA waivers, as well as additional allowable services that provide needed support to persons.

Consumer Support Grant (CSG) Program
Human Services Department  
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.

Developmental Disabilities Waiver
Human Services Department  
Development Disabilities Waiver provides funding for home and community-based services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Assessed waiver service needs, as identified in the person’s service plan, may be provided in a person’s own home, in his/her biological or adoptive family’s home, in a relative’s home (e.g., sibling, aunt, grandparent, etc.), in a family foster care home or corporate foster care home.

Developmental Screening of Young Children
Health Department  
Developmental screening is a brief, simple procedure used to identify potential health or developmental problems in infants and young children who may need a health assessment, diagnostic assessment, or educational evaluation.

Disability Services - Human Services
Human Services Department  
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.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Health Department  
The purpose of the Minnesota Department of Health Alcohol Exposed Pregnancy Prevention (AEPP) project is to help women prevent the consequences of drinking alcohol and not using effective birth control.

General Assistance Medical Care
Human Services Department  
General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) provides medical care for low-income Minnesotans who don’t qualify for MA or other state and federal programs — primarily low-income adults, ages 21 and 64, who do not have any dependent children. As of Sept. 1, 2006, unless they are in certain qualified groups, GAMC applicants and clients will transition to MinnesotaCare when they apply or at their renewal time.

Health Care - Human Services
Human Services Department  
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) ensures basic health care coverage for low-income Minnesotans through four major publicly subsidized health care assistance programs. More than half a million Minnesotans have health care coverage through Minnesota Health Care Programs.

Health Care Brochures
Human Services Department  
Brochures and information sheets on Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) from the Department of Human Services (DHS).

Health Care for Adults with Disabilities
Human Services Department  
Minnesota offers several health care programs that may help people with disabilities pay for past, current and future medical costs.

Health Care for Children with Disabilities
Human Services Department  
Minnesota offers several health care programs that may pay for past, current and future medical costs for a child who has a disability.

Health Facility Complaints Office
Health Department  
Consumers of health care services have a responsibility to promote the highest quality of care. If you witness a suspected violation of health department regulations, patient and residents' rights or the MN Vulnerable Adults Protection Act (physical or mental abuse, neglect, or unexplained injury) call the Minnesota Department of Health's Office of Health Facility Complaints (OHFC).

Home and Community Services
Human Services Department  
Minnesota Department of Human Services's Aging & Adult Services staff work to help seniors find the resources they need to continue living in their homes for as long as possible. Aging & Adult Services develops policy and administers programs such as Long-Term Care Consultation, Elderly Waiver and Alternative Care that aim to keep older Minnesotans independent in the community.

Home and Community-based Waivers
Human Services Department  
Minnesotans with disabilities or chronic illnesses who need certain levels of care may qualify for the state’s home and community–based waiver programs. Medicaid home and community-based service (HCBS) waivers afford states the flexibility to develop and implement creative alternatives to placing Medicaid-eligible persons in hospitals, nursing facilities, or other care facilities.

Home Care Services
Human Services Department  
Home care provides medical and health-related services and assistance with day-to-day activities to people in their home. It can be used to provide short-term care for people moving from a hospital or nursing home back to their home, or it can also be used to provide continuing care to people with ongoing needs. Home care services may also be provided outside the person’s home when normal life activities take them away from home.

Managed Care Organizations
Human Services Department  
Managed care providers enrolled in the Minnesota Health Care Programs, managed by the Department of Human Services.

Medical Assistance
Human Services Department  
Medical Assistance is Minnesota’s Medicaid program. It provides health care coverage for low-income people with disabilities, including home care and nursing home care.

Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities
Human Services Department  
Medical Assistance for Employed Persons (MA-EPD) with Disabilities is a work incentive that promotes competitive employment and the economic self-sufficiency of people with disabilities by assuring continued access to Medical Assistance for necessary health care services.

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
Human Services Department  
Medicare users can receive prescription drug coverage, known as Part D. People with low income may be able to apply for extra help with drug plan costs.

Mental Health Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Human Services Department  
Specialized mental health services for persons with hearing loss. Psychosocial assessment and follow-up services for deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing children and families

Minnesota Family Planning Program
Human Services Department  
Minnesota men and women between the ages of 15 and 50 are eligible for family planning services through the Minnesota Family Planning Program. The services are for people who are not enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) and are available through MHCP providers. Certified Minnesota Family Planning Program providers can grant enrollees short-term eligibility.

Minnesota Health Care Plan Enrolled Providers
Human Services Department  
The Department of Human Services (DHS) Provider Enrollment Unit responds to provider and biller needs for DHS-administered Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) by: enrolling health care providers so they can receive payment for serving MHCP recipients; verifying licensure for providers; and maintaining provider agreements and other legal arrangements.

Minnesota Supplemental Aid
Human Services Department  
Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) is a state funded program that provides a monthly cash supplement to people who are aged, blind or disabled and who receive federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

MinnesotaHelp.info
Aging Board   Human Services Department  
The MinnesotaHelp.info web site was developed cooperatively by the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Department of Human Services. It is an online directory of services designed to help people in Minnesota identify resources such as human services, information and referral, financial assistance, and other forms of aid and assistance within Minnesota. It is especially rich in resource information for seniors and their caregivers, disabled and their caregivers, parents and families, and low-income people.

Patient's Bill of Rights
Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Ombudsman Office  
As outlined in Minnesota Statute 144.561, the Health Care Bill of Rights cover all patients or residents in Minnesota health care facilities.

State Managed Health Care Programs
Human Services Department   State Managed Health Care Programs, Ombudsman Office  
The Office of Ombudsman for State Managed Health Care Programs helps people in Minnesota’s Health Care Programs (MHCP) who are required to be enrolled in a health plan. This includes people covered by Medical Assistance (MA), General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) and MinnesotaCare. The Ombudsman Office helps with access, service and billing problems.

State Operated Services
Human Services Department  
State Operated Services (SOS) consists of an array of campus and community-based programs serving people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, chemical dependency and traumatic brain injury. It includes regional treatment centers (RTCs) in Anoka, Brainerd, Fergus Falls, St. Peter and Willmar; Ah-Gwah-Ching, the state nursing home in Walker; Community Support Services; and Minnesota State Operated Community Services. SOS Forensic Services serve the entire state and include the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter, the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in Moose Lake and St. Peter and the Minnesota Extended Treatment Options program in Cambridge. SOS also administers the Health Source Clinic, which provides dental services in Cambridge, and the Southern Cities Clinic, which provides dental and psychiatric services in Faribault.