Minnesota HHS Funds $3.5 Million for HCBS Innovation Programs

The Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services is offering $3.5 million in funding to providers who implement innovative projects designed to improve home and community-based services (HCBS).

The performance-improvement funding will go toward 27 projects in 39 Minnesota counties, and will allow providers of services to aging Minnesotans, people with disabilities and the deaf to develop new programs to improve service quality. 

To be eligible for funding under the HCBS Performance-Based Incentive Payment Program, providers must put strategies in place to improve in a measurable way recipients’ quality of life and/or service quality, or deliver good, quality service more efficiently, the department says. 

“Home and community-based service providers are key to helping people with disabilities and older adults live independently, which is what most people prefer,” Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson said in a written statement. “We have found that initiatives like this promote greater, lasting quality and efficiency and a better overall experience for people being served.” 

Projects funded through the program include efforts to promote choice and person-centered care, participant and employee wellness, cultural competence in providing services and care coordination and disease management through technology.

Some of the providers receiving funding include Ecumen at Home, The Lutheran Home Association and Tealwood Senior Living. 

Ecumen at Home will receive $17,746 to implement in-home wound care to improve healing rates and lower the cost of care in its home care services in several counties. 

The Lutheran Home Association will receive $251,380 to decrease staff turnover in its in-home services in seven different counties.

And Tealwood will receive $169,230 to develop and implement dementia care culture change in its assisted living facilities. 

To read more about the HCBS Incentive Payment Program, click here

Written by Emily Study