Services for people with disabilities

Our services help people with disabilities live in their communities as independently as possible. Starting with disability screenings and information sessions on community resources and county, state and federal programs, Hennepin County can then help with short term service planning and ongoing case management.

We can help people with disabilities and their families to apply for public benefits and get access to tools to help them live independently or get the help they need.

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Community support training

Hennepin County offers training opportunities for people who are interested in learning about the supports available to seniors and people with disabilities. 

Learn more: 

Community support training (PDF)

Sign up: 

To register for a session, please email Jerry.Mellum@hennepin.us with the class name, date and time, along with your name and phone number, or leave a message at 612-596-6631.

Intellectual and developmental disabilities

Developmental disability waiver information

The developmental disability waiver provides funding for home and community-based services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Waiver service may be provided in a person’s home, in a relative’s home, or in a foster care home.

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Developmental disability waiver

Personal care assistance program

This program provides services to people who need help with day-to-day activities to allow them be more independent in their own homes. A personal care assistant is trained to help with basic daily routines. A PCA may be able to help you if you have a physical, emotional, or mental disability, a chronic illness or an injury.

Read more:

Personal Care Assistance (PCA) Program

Deptartment of Human Services PCA Portal

PCA Program Consumer Guidebook (PDF)

Supported living services

People can get help with daily tasks, such as shopping, cooking, managing money, taking medications, dressing, and other self-care skills and housekeeping. Staff may stay all the time or come only once in a while. Supported living services are paid for through the waiver program. Clients have to be part of the waiver program to get this service.

Semi-independent living skills services

A staff person will go to clients' homes to support them while they learn the skills they need to live in the community. Staff could help with budgeting and paying bills, cooking, shopping, running a household or learning about the community. Staff may go to their homes every day or only once a week.

The county that clients live in will pay for the service if there is money available. Each county has limited resources, and clients may have to wait to receive this service, even if they are eligible.

Vocational services

Pre-vocational services

These are designed to prepare people for paid or unpaid employment and are reflected in the plan of care.

Supported employment services

This program helps people obtain and retain competitive employment.

Day training and habilitation 

These are licensed supports to help people develop and maintain life skills, participate in community life and engage in activities of their own choosing.

Physical disabilities

Community alternative care waiver

The community alternative care waiver supports home and community-based services for children and adults who are chronically ill. This waiver is designed to serve people with disabilities who otherwise would require hospital-level care.

Read more:

Community alternative care waiver

CAC Brochure

Community alternatives for disabled individuals waiver

The community alternatives for disabled individuals waiver program, a federal medical waiver program, provides support for people younger than 65 who are certified disabled, eligible for Medical Assistance, and need support to avoid or delay institutional living.

Get started by calling 612-348-4500.

Read more:

Community alternatives for disabled individuals waiver

Community alternatives for disabled individuals brochure (PDF)

Personal care assistance program

This program provides services to people who need help with day-to-day activities to allow them be more independent in their own homes. A personal care assistant is trained to help with basic daily routines. A PCA may be able to help you if you have a physical, emotional, or mental disability, a chronic illness or an injury.

Read more:

Personal Care Assistance (PCA) Program

Department of Human Services PCA Portal

PCA Program Consumer Guidebook (PDF)

Services for people with brain injuries

Brain injury waiver

The brain injury waiver provides funding for home and community-based services for certified disabled individuals with an acquired brain injury, on Medical Assistance, and who require community support in order to avoid or delay nursing facility or neurobehavioral hospital placement. This is a federal Medicaid program.

Read more:

Brain injury waiver

Brain injury brochure (PDF)

Personal care assistance program

This program provides services to people who need help with day-to-day activities to allow them be more independent in their own homes. A personal care assistant is trained to help with basic daily routines. A PCA may be able to help you if you have a physical, emotional or mental disability, a chronic illness or an injury.

Read more:

Personal Care Assistance (PCA) Program

DHS PCA Portal

PCA Program Consumer Guidebook (PDF)

Community alternatives for disabled individuals waiver

The Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals Waiver program is a federal medical waiver program. This program can provide home and community based services or supports for persons under the age of 65 who are certified disabled, eligible for Medical Assistance, and need supports to avoid or delay institutional living. Persons interested in these services should request a Long Term Care Consultation assessment to determine eligibility and community based needs.

Read more:

Community alternatives for disabled individuals waiver

Community alternatives for disabled individuals brochure (PDF)

Consumer support grants and family support grants

These programs allow people to write their own plans and hire and direct their own staff. Programs include consumer-directed community support, consumer support grant, and family support grant.

Consumer-directed community supports

This service option is for people who are eligible and open to Medical Assistance home and community-based waiver programs, or the alternative care program. It gives people more flexibility and responsibility for directing their own services and supports, including hiring and managing direct care staff.

A plan may include services, support and/or items currently available through the Medical Assistance waivers, as well as additional services that provide needed support. If you are interested in consumer directed community support, contact your current case manager.

People who would like to use CDCS services must be currently open to a waiver or the alternative care program and must complete a file clearance process.

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Consumer-directed community supports

Consumer support grant

This is a state-funded alternative to Medicaid home care services. Consumer support grants allow people more control and responsibility over their own support services, including flexibility in purchasing services and when and how the services will be provided and better access to culturally appropriate care and traditional services.

Examples of supports that can be purchased are respite care, chore or homemaker services, personal care attendant services, adaptive aids, modifications to your home, special diets, day care, and other additional costs related to your care in your home.

To get started, contact Hennepin County initial consultation at 612-348-4500 or register for a Community informational session for seniors and people with disabilities.

Learn more:

Consumer support grant

Family support grant 

The family support grant provides state cash grants to families of children with a developmental disability. The goal is to prevent or delay out-of-home placement for those children, and promote family health and social well-being. The goal of the program is to prevent or delay the out-of-home placement of children and promote family health and social well-being by facilitating access to family-centered services and supports.

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Family support grant

Re-evaluation for children at 5 years

Children with a global developmental delay diagnosis who are receiving developmental disabilities services in Minnesota are required by law to have a re-evaluation of intelligence and adaptive skills between their 5th and 6th birthdays.

Before 5 years, children commonly are given a less specific diagnosis to account for developmental changes that may occur. By 6 years, intelligence and adaptive testing will produce a more specific diagnosis.

When your child is due for a re-evaluation, it is important to schedule testing with a licensed and qualified psychologist, certified school psychologist or certified psychometrist. Testing should include standardized tests of intellectual functioning, assessments of adaptive behavior, adaptive skills and developmental functioning.

Contact Arc Hennepin Carver at 952-920-0855 for help finding a qualified evaluator.

It is advisable to also make sure that the psychologist or clinic you choose is covered by your health insurance.

It is very important to schedule this appointment as soon as possible as many qualified psychologists have long waiting lists. To continue services without interruption, the county must receive these test results before the child's 6th birthday.

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Adeegyada loo sameeyo Caruurta qabta Autism ama Naafo dhinaca Kortiaanka ah

Qoysaska leh caruur naafo ahi waxay la soo xiriiri karaan degmadda Hennepin County si ay u helaan macluumaad ku saabsan shaqaalaha addeegyadan, dhinaca dhaqaalaha iyo Illaha waxtarka ee ilmuhu ka heli karaan bulshadda
Addeegyada waxaa laga yabaa in la heli karo si loo caawiyo qoysaskan markii:

  • Ay jiraan caruur qabta xaallada Autism, taasoo sababta in ilmuhu u dhaqmaan si la midda sidda ilmaha qabba dibudhaca xagga koriimada ah , ama
  • Caruurta da’doodu ka yar tahay lix sano ee uu ku yimi dibudhac dhanka koritaanka ah sida: gurguurashadda, socodka, iyo hadalka, ama
  • Caruurta qiimaynta cabirka caqligoodu uu ka hooseeyo darajada 70.

Degmadda Hennepin County Shaqaaleheed adeegyadan, Kalkaalisooyin iyo Shaqaalaha dhinaca dhaqaalaha waxay qoysaskan ka caawinayaan inay go’aamiyaan haddii ay xuquuq u leeyihiin gargaarka dhinaca caafimaadka, lacag iyo waliba adeegyado lagu taageerayo si ay ilmohooda naafada ah u siiyaan xanaanada ugu wanaagsan ee suurta galla
Waxaan wada shaqaynaa iskuulaadka, Dhakhaatiirta, Illaha bulshadu ka heli karto wixii caamida ah, iyo dad taageera si ay u hubiyaan in qoysakani helaan taageerada ugu mudan ee ku salaysan baahida ilmohooda

Ujeedadayaddu waa in aan kaalmayno sidii ay qoysasku u xanaanayn lahaayeen caruurtooda bulshada dhexdeeda iyo qorshe u sii wadidda taageeradda ilmaha naafada ah kuritaankiisa. Waxaa laga yaabaa in loo xilsaaro shaqaale u addeega kaasoo u sii wadda qoysaskan wixii caawimaadda ah oo ilmaha kortaankiisa iyo inay u soo bandhigaan wixii talooyin iyo addeegyo dheeraada ee ay u baahan yihiin.

Adeegyada la xiriira xaalada Autism - oo lagu soo gudbinayo muqaal luqadda af Soomaaliga ah.

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