The Department of Human Services (DHS) works with counties and other partners to promote independent living for people with a variety of disabilities. DHS sets policy and standards for care and provides funding for services to people with developmental disabilities, chronic medical conditions, acquired or traumatic brain injury, physical disability and mental illness and those in need of chemical dependency treatment services.
DHS also provides direct care safety net services for people with disabilities whose needs cannot be met in other ways, often in partnership with community providers.
Waiver name change
The Mental Retardation/Related Conditions Waiver is now officially the Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver. In an effort to reflect the needs of persons who receive services through this waiver, DHS changed the name during its waiver renewal this year. This change is consistent with Minnesota Laws that substitute developmental disability for mental retardation and mental retardation or related conditions where they appear in statutes. This change does not expand or exclude eligibility for services through the waiver. The Web site will reflect this change over the next few months.
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