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MnCHOICES Initiative Launched in Crow Wing County

Web posted September 2, 2014
Crow Wing County is one of fifteen counties and two tribes that will launch the MnCHOICES Initiative this month. MnCHOICES is a single, comprehensive assessment and support planning web-based application for long-term services and supports in Minnesota.

To better assess the needs of people who use long-term services and supports, the 2009 legislature authorized the Department of Human Services to develop a process that put people’s needs first. The MnCHOICES assessment takes the place of the following tools that are currently used: Developmental Disability Screening, Long-Term Care Consultation, Personal Care Assistance Assessment and in the future it will also replace the Private Duty Nursing Assessment.

MnCHOICES will benefit people of all ages and disabilities who need long-term services and supports. Those currently receiving longterm services and supports paid with public funds will not have a MnCHOICES assessment for another year. In the beginning, only new assessments for people who currently are not on publicly funded long-term services and supports will use MnCHOICES. Eventually, all assessments and reassessment will use MnCHOICES.

While MnCHOICES is a new way to assess for long-term services and supports and develop a plan, there are a number of things that will stay the same. The rules to access all current long-term services and support programs and services will stay the same. The programs and service eligibility also is not changing.

MnCHOICES will you use a person-centered planning approach, according to Tami Lueck, Adult Services Supervisor in Community Services. “The assessment will provide each individual with program and service options which best suit their needs.”

A Certified Assessor (much like a case manager or care coordinator) will complete the MnCHOICES assessment with the applicant in their home. This will give the applicant an opportunity to share preferences, strengths and needs. From the information, the Assessor will be able to determine what services will be the most beneficial in multiple program areas.

In 2012, a total of 1,654 assessments were completed in Crow Wing County. It is projected that more than 1,700 assessments will be completed this year.

For further information on MnCHOICES visit: https://edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Public/DHS-6477-ENG.

If you have a need for long-term services or supports you can call Crow Wing County at 218-824- 1140 and ask to speak to Adult Intake.

Crow Wing County’s Department of Community Services administers more than seventy federal and state benefit and assistance services and programs totaling more than $130 million dollars annually. The Department is dedicated to providing excellent customer service and efficient management in performing its mission of promoting and protecting the health, well-being and self-sufficiency of all Crow Wing County residents.

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