Aiding Services for the Disabled


>>LET’S COME TO ORDER WE HAVE AN INTERESTING DAY TO DAY WITH ELEVATION POSSIBILITIES, AND FEBRUARY RAINS WHICH IS KIND OF INTERESTING. JUST A COUPLE ITEMS ONE IS IF YOU READ EITHER NEWSPAPER YESTERDAY YOUR HARD TIME NOT SEEN THE ARTICLE ABOUT MALTREATMENT REPORTS THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH NURSING HOME COMPLAINTS AND THEY CAN’T KEEP UP WITH ABUSE REPORTS ETC. WHICH IS REMARKABLE TO BE ABOVE THE FOLD THE SAME TOPIC ON THE SAME DAY. THIS WAS DISCUSSED AT SOME LENGTH IN THE AGING COMMITTEE AND ALSO SENATOR BENSON COMMITTEE I WANT TO LET PEOPLE KNOW WE’RE NOT GOING TO BE TAKING UP IN THIS COMMITTEE NECESSARILY AS I FORESEE NO, ESPECIALLY GERMANE TO THE AGING COMMITTEE IN THE WORK THEY WILL BE DOING AND SENATOR HOUSLEY AND I WILL BE WORKING ON SOME THINGS AND SENATOR BENSON SO IT’S A BIG DEAL BUT IT’S NOT GOING TO BE HERE SENATOR VOGELB DID YOU WANT TO SAY SOMETHING? >>IF I MAY MR. CHAIR SENATOR HOUSLEY THROUGH REFORM COMMITTEE TO COME UP WITH SOME SUGGESTIONS IT IS THE POLICY PURVIEW FOR HER COMMITTEE AND WILL LOOK FOR TO HEARING AT IN THE HEALTH COMMITTEE THAT HAS PURVIEW OVER THAT BUDGET AND FUNDING IS NEEDED TO PROTECT MINNESOTANS. >>AS PART OF A FURTHER CLARIFICATION OF THE TWO COMMITTEES, THE MONEY THAT GOES TO NURSING HOMES IS IN OUR PURVIEW THE MONEY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND OVERSIGHT IS A FUNCTION OF THAT THE DHS OVERSIGHT OF NURSING HOMES IS PART OF US TO MAKE CLEAR IT HOPE YOU HAVE LEARNED A LOT. I THINK A NOTE TO MANY PEOPLE WISH TO WORK ON THE AGENCY TRY TO BE ABOVE BAT YOU DON’T WANT TO BE ABOVE THE FOLD ON THE SUNDAY PAPER WITH BAD NEWS ON THE AGENCY THAT’S THE TAKE AWAY THEIR AND THE SECOND THING IS GOING FORWARD WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO ALL THESE COMMITTEES TODAY WE WILL GO UNTIL WERE THROUGH WITH TWO DAYS’ WORK AT 5:00 OR BETTER IF WE HAVE TO WE DON’T HAVE TO BE UNDULY LONG WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT BE SAID IS WE PURPOSELY ALLOWED ADEQUATE TIME TO DO THAT. ON WEDNESDAY WERE TAKING UP SEVEN BILLS INCLUDING FIVE BILLS WITH RESIDENTIAL HOUSING EXPECTED IT DONE AND OUR NORMAL TIME AND THEN MONDAY WE HAVE THE 11 BILLS SO FAR INCLUDING TWO DEPARTMENT BILLS. FOR THOSE WHO WAKE UP AT NIGHT 1 TO YOUR DEPARTMENT BILLS THE BILL BE HAPPY AND SO YOU CAN HEAR THE MAN THE NIGHT TIME AND WE MAY TAKE SOME MORE ARE CONSCIOUS OF THE TIME FRAMES WE ARE UNDER WE WANT TO GIVE BILLS THAT ARE APPROPRIATE HEARINGS. JUST ONE MORE ANNOUNCEMENT SOMETHING YOU’LL WANT TO FOLLOW I THINK THIS 5 LINE HANDOUT IS IN THE BACK AND ANYWAY WE’RE GOING TO BE TAKING FOUR MAJOR TOPICS IN ADDITION TO THE REST OF OUR TOPICS TO WORK ON THAT,. THESE ARE GOING TO BE THE VEHICLE BILLS FOR THOSE WERE NOT GOING TO LEAD AND WHERE THE BILL BE THE VEHICLE WORK IN THE COMMITTEE SO IF YOU SEE ONE OF THESE BILLS POSTED YOU’RE BORN TO WANT TO BE AWARE THERE’S THE TOPIC IS CORN TO BE TAKEN UP I WILL ANNOUNCE THEM FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING AT HOME. SENATE FILE 911 WHICH WERE HEARING TODAY IS TOWARD BE THE VEHICLE FOR SOME HOME AND COMMITTED BASED SERVICES BOEING’S ON THE, TODAY WERE GOING TO DISCUSS THE REGULAR BILL THIS IS GOING TO BE RAISED UP AND PUT BACK LAID OVER AGAIN SENATE. FILE 1013 IS THE SENATOR EICHORN CLONE OF THE TAX PROVISIONS FOR OUT OF HOME PLACEMENTS FOR THE TRIBES IS GOING TO BE THE TRIBAL ADOPTION EFFORTS THAT WERE GOING TO BE WORKING ON IF YOU SEE THAT ONE ON THE SCHEDULE YOU MAY WANT TO WATCH FOR THAT. SENATE FILE 448 WHICH IS THE SENATOR RELPH BILL ABOUT AT HOME INFANT CHILD CARE WILL BECOME THE FOCUS ON FIVE VEHICLE FOR DATA AND MAY BE SOME EARLY EDUCATION RELATED MATTERS. AND AT SENATE FILE 727 THE SENATOR UTKE BILL WILL BECOME THE THE W R S A VEHICLE WORKING PROJECT I THINK THE BENEFIT OF THIS IS I’VE SAT THROUGH LOT OF OMNIBUS MARKUPS RATHER THAN THE CHAIR WORKING WITH CERTAIN GROUPS THE SUDDENLY POPS OUT ON THE TABLE THIS IS A WAY TO SEE HOW IT’S EVOLVING IT WILL BE OUR INTENTION TO GO ALONG WITH THE DIRECTION OR THOSE BILLS ARE TO SEE IF WE CAN AFFORD THEM SOME OF THESE THINGS THERE AND HAVE COST IN SOME HAVE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT POLICIES, I HOPE THAT’S CLEAR AND MEMBERS CLEAR ABOUT THAT SENATOR LOUREY? YOU’RE UP SENATOR LOUREY, THE FIRST BILL TODAY A SENATE FILE 852 AND SENATE FILE 853 IT’S GOOD THEY’RE IN A SEQUENCE. THE TESTIFIER CAN COME UP SENATOR LOUREY OF AN OPENING ACT YOU GET TO LISTEN TO IF YOU DON’T MIND. YOU’RE THE HEADLINER SHE’S THE OPENING ACT. WELCOME BACK YOU’RE GOING TO DISCUSS THE COUNTERPOINT OF THESE FIRST FOUR BILLS WERE TAKING UP TODAY IF THAT’S OK. >>THANK YOU SENATOR ABELER AND MEMBERS OF A COMMITTEE I’M FROM LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICE OF MINNESOTA AND THE MINNESOTA CONSORTIUM FOR CITIZENS WITH DISABILITIES. WE WERE ASKED A WHILE AGO TO THINK THROUGH WHAT ARE SOME CREATIVE OPTIONS THAT WOULD REALLY MOVE DISABILITY SERVICES AS WE KNOW DISABILITY SERVICES IS MORE OF THE SHIP THAT I CAN DO IT TAKES A LOT OF DIFFERENT RESOURCES TO MOVE THE BIG RESOURCE 80 HAS. THERE’S LOTS OF DIFFERENT LEVERS WE CAN PULL IN DISABILITY SERVICES AND WE HOPE THIS IS THE YEAR WE CAN MOVE SOME OF THOSE FORWARD THAT WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON FOR SOME TIME EVERYTHING WE SUPPORT TODAY IS IN NEED OF A STRONG WORKFORCE I CAN’T EMPHASIZE THAT ENOUGH IF YOU WANT TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES INTO MORE INDEPENDENT HOUSING YOU NEED SKILLED EMPLOYEES WHO CAN HELP DO THAT IF YOU WANT TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES JOBS IN THE COMMUNITY IN THE PEOPLE THAT ARE GOOD AT FINDING THOSE JOBS AND HELPING SUPPORT PEOPLE IN THOSE JOBS. THE FOUR BILLS WE HAVE NOW WILL HELP TO MOVE FOLKS WITH DISABILITIES TO A MORE PERSON CENTERED SYSTEM WHICH IS A REQUIREMENT OF THE FEDERAL LAWS AND THE MINNESOTA OLMSTED PLAN I THINK YOU’LL SEE THE PACKAGE OF BILLS THAT ARE PUT FORWARD TODAY BY PROVIDERS AND ADVOCATES YOUR ADDITIONS CAN BE ESPECIALLY HELPFUL FOR THOSE BILLS AND A TRANSITION AGE SO THEY CAN HELP YOUNG PEOPLE ESPECIALLY THOSE FOLKS IN SPECIAL-EDUCATION WHO ARE TRANSITIONING OUT OF SCHOOL WHO PREVIOUSLY MAYBE DIDN’T HAVE AS MANY OPTIONS AS THEY DID AS THEY COULD HAVE IT WOULD HELP THEM BYPASS THE GROUP HOME SETTING BYPASS MORE OF THE SHELTERED WORK SETTING AND DIRECTLY INTO THE COMMUNITY FOR JOBS FOR WORK FOR HOUSING FOR TO THE INTEGRATION. WE’RE ALWAYS GOING TO NEED INTENSIVE LEVEL OF CARE FOR SOME FOLKS BUT WE DO THINK BY FOCUSING ON THE TRANSITION AGE YOUNG PERSON ACTUALLY WOULD BE ABLE TO TURN THE SHIP MORE EFFECTIVE WAY. WE’RE IN A BETTER POSITION TO ALSO SERVE THOSE FOLKS THAT NEED A HIGHER INTENSIVE SERVICES AFFORDABLE TO DIRECT SOME PEOPLE PASSED THAT SYSTEM AND AWAY FROM THE MORE RESTRICTIVE AND EXPENSIVE SETTINGS FROM THE GET GO RATHER THAN BACKPEDALING AND TRYING TO MOVE FOLKS BACK THE OTHER WAY. THIS WILL HELP OUR SERVICES MAKE SOCCER TRANSITION RATHER THAN HARD TURNED WHAT YOU WILL HEAR TODAY AND SAYS THE NSA HOUSING ASSISTANCE MINNESOTA SUPPLEMENTAL AID HOUSING ASSISTANCE TO INCREASE HOUSING ACCESS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES LEADING GROUP RESIDENTIAL HOUSING AND ALSO IT WOULD INCREASE THE AMOUNT FOLKS ABLE TO RECEIVE TO PUT TOWARD HOUSING. THE SECOND ONE WILL BE AN INCENTIVE POOL OF FLEXIBLE FUND YOU WILL HEAR ABOUT THAT WOULD ALLOW PROVIDERS TO USE THEIR EXPERTISE TO DO MORE TO MOVE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND THOSE WAYS I TALKED ABOUT YOU HEAR ABOUT EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS AND SERVICES WHICH WILL HELP WITH FOLKS WHO TO GET A JOB MAINTAIN THE JOBS FIGURE OUT WHAT IT WANTED TO AND WE HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET THAT DONE IN A WAY WE WANTED TO AND FINALLY YOU HEAR ABOUT CONSUMER DIRECTED COMMITTEE SUPPORTS THE WAY THAT YOU CAN RECEIVE YOUR WAVERED SERVICES AS A PERSON WITH DISABILITIES THAT ALLOWS YOU TO STRUCTURE YOUR OWN LIFE AND USE THE SUPPORTS THIS SERVICES YOU HAVE IN A WAY THAT MAKES SENSE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. IT IS NO QUESTION FOR ME I WILL MOVE ON LET SENATOR LOUREY PRESENT A BUILT IN HERE FROM TESTIFIERS. >>SENATOR WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS I HAVE SENATE FILE 852 AS A FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS IN THE FIRST COMMITTEE I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE THE 8-2 AMENDMENT AS AN AUTHOR’S AMENDMENT. >>THOSE ARE BEING PASSED OUT MAYBE WHILE THEY’RE DOING THAT YOU COULD EXPLAIN YOUR AMENDMENT? >>THE 8-2 AMENDMENT ACTUALLY INCORPORATES SENATE FILE 853 ANOTHER CHANGE TO THE MINNESOTA SUPPLEMENTAL AID PROGRAM INTO THIS BILL AND MAKES TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS IT CHANGES SOME EFFECTIVE DATES AND PUTS IT INTO SHAPE IS THE AND ALL DESCRIBE THE BILL. >>IT BASICALLY COMBINES THE TWO BILLS TOGETHER? THAT MAKES IT EASIER FOR GETTING THE FISCAL NOTE JUST A COMMENT THEY WERE KIND OF SLOW COMING TO THE AUDIENCE I THINK IT SEEMED ONE SO FAR WHICH WAS TO THE BILL BUT I DID NOT LIKE IT WAS FREED IF WE CAN THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS DIRECTED TOWARD THE DEPARTMENT FISCAL STAFF IT WOULD HELP THAT ANY HAPPINESS TO SEND THEIR WAY SENATOR LOUREY MOVES THE A-2 AMENDMENT ANY QUESTIONS? I BELIEVE THIS NO FISCAL COST TO ADOPT THIS AMENDMENT AT THE MOMENT. >>WE DO NOT KNOW OF ONE. >>THE MOTIONS ARE FREE THINK I SEE THE HEADS NODDING JUST IN WORDS THAT WAS A JOKE. ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE A-2 AMENDMENT ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE THOSE OPPOSED SENATOR LOUREY BILL IS AN ORDER THAT YOU WOULD LIKE. >>THAT’S THE EXTENT OF THE CHANGES I HAD THE SENATE FILE 852 IS THE HOUSING PIECE THE MINNESOTA SUPPLEMENTAL AID TO HOUSING PEACE THAT WAS MENTIONED IT AND IT DOES A COUPLE OF THINGS FIRST WHEN WE GET OUR FISCAL NOTES IT’S ESTIMATED THIS WILL SAVE ABOUT $1 MILLION PER YEAR AS A PACKAGE THAT’S A PRETTY CRITICAL PIECE IN TRY TO MOVE A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THIS YEAR ALSO SOME REALLY IMPORTANT REFORMS. THERE IN TWO PIECES THE M S A HOUSING ASSISTANCE OPENS AN ESSAY FOR PEOPLE MOVING OUT OF THE G R H GROUP RESIDENTIAL HOUSING SUPPORTED ENVIRONMENT AND MAKES THEM ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE MINNESOTA SUPPLEMENTAL AID AND IT ALSO INCREASES THE AID FROM $194 A MONTH TO $368 EACH MONTH I THINK WE KNOW ONLY ABOUT ONE IN THREE MINNESOTANS WITH A DISABILITY CAN ACTUALLY SUSTAINED AFFORD TO LIVE ON THEIR OWN IN THEIR OWN HOME AND INCREASING THAT SUPPORT FOR HOUSING WILL BE ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO ALLOWING PEOPLE TO WHOM SECURE THAT INDEPENDENCE FUTURE. IT’S ESTIMATED ABOUT 1400 WILL USE THAT REFORMED AND AS A HOUSING COMPARED TO ABOUT OVER 800 ARE ABLE TO GAIN ACCESS TO M S A UNDER THE CURRENT CONSTRUCT AND THEN AFTER 2021 THERE WILL BE ABOUT 372 NEW RECIPIENTS EACH MONTH ABLE TO USE THIS AND THIS PIECE WILL HAVE APPROXIMATELY A $3 MILLION PER YEAR COST BEGINNING IN FISCAL YEAR 2020 BUT ITS OFFSET FROM THE SECOND PIECE WHICH IS ESTABLISHING A FEDERALLY FUNDED HOUSING SUPPORT SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND THE REASON THIS COMES AT A SAVINGS TO TIE THAT DOWN IS THESE WILL COST ABOUT $8 MILLION BUT IT WILL SAVE ABOUT NEARLY $14 MILLION IN MONEY CURRENTLY STATE MONEY THAT WILL BE MATCHED BY THE FED’S CUT BY INVESTING IN THIS HOUSING SUPPORTS AND EXPANDING AND ESTABLISHING THE FEDERALLY FUNDED HOUSING SUPPORT SERVICES THE PACKAGE TOGETHER WILL SAVE ABOUT $1 MILLION PER YEAR IS THE CURRENT ESTIMATE THAT WE SHOULD SEE WHEN THE FISCAL NOTE IS COMPLETED I WILL LOOK FOR TO HAVING ANOTHER CONVERSATION ABOUT THIS AS THAT MOVES FORWARD THAT’S REALLY THE SUBSTANCE OF THE BILL AND I DO HAVE A COUPLE OF TESTIFIERS HERE WHO WOULD LIKE TO GIVE SOME ADDITIONAL DETAILS AND ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR SENATE FILE LATE 52. I HAVE THE MINNESOTA CONSORTIUM FOR CITIZENS WITH DISABILITIES AND I WOULD INVITE THE TWO TESTIFIERS TO GIVE THEIR TESTIMONY AT THIS POINT AND STAND FOR QUESTIONS. >>WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE IF YOU COULD COME AROUND TO THE OTHER SIDE WE HAVE THE EXTRA CHAIR THERE. IT LOOKS LIKE YOU WERE COLLABORATING ON TESTIMONY OR WOULD LIKE TO GO FIRST WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR I WILL START MEMBERS I’M EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MINNESOTA CONSORTIUM FOR CITIZENS WITH DISABILITIES OTHERWISE KNOWN AS M IN C C D I THINK THE PROBLEM WONDER REITERATE FIRMAN OF WHAT SENATOR LOUREY SAID. I WILL START BY SAYING C CD IS A BROADBASED COALITION OF 45 ADVOCACY AND PROVIDER ORGANIZATIONS AS WELL AS OVER 150 AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS TOGETHER WE WORK TO IMPROVE PUBLIC POLICY THAT SUPPORTS THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. SEE CITY PRIORITIES THIS SEASON FOCUS ON COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS THAT SUPPORT GREATER INDEPENDENCE AND A GREAT CHOICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WE’VE ALREADY HEARD ONE OF CTB TOP PRIORITIES IN THE COMMITTEE LAST MONDAY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES RAISING SPEND NOW ASSET LIMIT SO PEOPLE CAN KEEP MORE OF THEIR INCOME AND CONTINUE TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY. WE FCC BE WHOLEHEARTEDLY ENDORSE ALL THE BILLS BEING HEARD TODAY INCLUDING OUR OTHER TOP TWO PRIORITIES WHICH ARE CONSUMER DIRECTED SUPPORTS AND WHAT I’M HERE TO ADDRESS MORE SPECIFICALLY TODAY WHICH IS MINNESOTA SUPPLEMENTAL AID HOUSING ASSISTANCE. THIS MINNESOTA SUPPLEMENTAL AID THE BILL SENATOR LOUREY DESCRIBED SENATE FILE 85 2/853 WOULD INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF MONTHLY SUPPORT AN INDIVIDUAL RECEIVES FOR HOUSING IT WOULD CHANGE ELIGIBILITY SO MORE PEOPLE CAN ACCESS THE AID IT WOULD PROVIDE INDIVIDUALS WITH ENOUGH TIME AND INCOME TO TRANSITION OUT OF RESIDENTIAL SETTINGS LIKE GROUP HOMES TO MORE INDEPENDENT HOUSING LEADING HOMES FOR THOSE WHOM NEED MORE INTENSIVE SERVICES. FOR USE WITH DISABILITIES THIS BILL WOULD HELP THEM TO BYPASS THE GROUP HOME ALTOGETHER AND ALLOW THEM TO GO DIRECTLY INTO MORE INDEPENDENT SETTINGS AS OF JULY 2016811 PEOPLE WERE ACCESSING NSA HOUSING ASSISTANCE IN THE AMOUNT OF $194 A MONTH THIS BILL WOULD INCREASE THAT AMOUNT TO $367 A MONTH AND INTO DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF INDIVIDUALS UTILIZING THE BILL THE AID BY 2021. THIS PROPOSAL ALSO LEVERAGES FEDERAL REIMBURSEMENT TO PAY FOR HOUSING SERVICES THAT ARE CURRENTLY STATE PAID ONCE THOSE FEDERAL FUNDS ARE IN PLACE THE PROPOSED INCREASE WILL MORE THAN OFFSET RESULTING IN AN ESTIMATED $1 MILLION IN SAVINGS FOR THE STATE ON AN ANNUAL BASIS MONEY THAT COULD BE USED TO HELP FUND OTHER DISABILITY PROGRAMS. WE AT C CD STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BILL WHICH WOULD IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND GENERATE COST SAVINGS FOR THE STATE THANK YOU FOR HEARING MY TESTIMONY THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK YOU DO. >>WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS I’M THE DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HEARTH CONNECTION A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION WHOSE MISSION IS TO END HOMELESSNESS IN MINNESOTA. I’M HERE TO TESTIFY IN SUPPORT OF THE 1950 I WAIVER TO PROVIDE HOUSING SUPPORT SERVICES TO DISABLED HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS AS A BILLABLE MEDICAID SERVICE. HEARTH CONNECTION PROVIDES SUPPORT OF HOUSING TO OVER 600 HOUSEHOLDS ACROSS THE STATE REPRESENTING OVER 1300 INDIVIDUALS SUPPORT OF HOUSING IS A RECOGNIZED BEST PRACTICE IN ENDING HOMELESSNESS FOR THOSE WITH MULTIPLE BARRIERS TO STABLE HOUSING IT’S THE SIMPLE SOLUTION OF ENDING HOMELESSNESS ARE PROVIDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMBINED WITH SERVICES APPROPRIATE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF HOUSEHOLDS WERE NOT ABLE TO MAINTAIN HOUSING ON THEIR OWN. WITHOUT HOUSING PEOPLE REMAIN HOMELESS WITHOUT SERVICES DISABLED PEOPLE ARE NOT STABLE AND LOSE THEIR HOUSING. OR CURRENTLY USING STATE FUNDING TO THE LONG TERM HOMELESS SUPPORTIVE SERVICE FUND TO PROVIDE A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES TO SUPPORT PARTICIPANTS INCLUDING THE SERVICES DESCRIBED IN THE BILL. IF ENACTED THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE FEDERAL FUNDING TO LEVERAGE STATE FUNDS ALONG IS TO SERVE MORE INDIVIDUALS AND BRING A CLOSER TO ENDING HOMELESSNESS IN MINNESOTA ON WHEN COMBINED WITH OTHER MEDICAID BILLABLE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES SUCH AS TARGETED CASE MANAGEMENT WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE WRAPAROUND SERVICES TO GET PEOPLE IN HOUSING AND PREVENT THEM FROM FALLING BACK INTO HOMELESSNESS USING PRIMARILY. FEDERAL PRIMARILY I’VE BEEN PROVIDING SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS FOR OVER 25 YEARS I CAN CONFIDENTLY SAY WE NOW KNOW HOW TO END HOMELESSNESS AND IT’S THROUGH PROVEN BEST PRACTICES SUCH AS SUPPORT OF HOUSING IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL YOU’RE SUPPORTING THE END OF HOMELESSNESS IN MINNESOTA. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU FOR YOUR TESTIMONY AM SURE WE HAVE QUESTIONS? I DO, SENATOR HOFFMAN. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR I’M RAISING A QUESTION I GUESS WHICH IS PROBABLY GOING A LITTLE DEEPER IT’S MY UNDERSTANDING THE ABILITY FOR TO ACCESS THE HOUSING AMOUNTS WITHIN THIS TYPE OF STRUCTURE GOES THROUGH DHS AND YET WE HAVE THE MINNESOTA HOUSING FINANCE AUTHORITY OUT THERE THROUGH A SERIES OF BONDING AND RESTAURANT IT’S LIKE THERE’S TWO SYSTEMS THAT ARE TRYING TO GET TO THE SAME INTENDED OUTCOME BUT THEY’RE NOT HAVING A CONVERSATION I FOUND OUT M H F A IS SITTING ON $400 MILLION OF UNSPENT MONEY TO THE WHOLE PROCESS I DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS SENATOR JURY UNDERSTANDS THAT SENATOR RELPH SENATOR RELPH UNDERSTANDS THIS, MY QUESTION FOR US WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT THIS THIS IS GREAT I LOVE THIS BILL THIS GETS IT BECAUSE YOU NEVER TALK ABOUT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND THE BIGGER PICTURE OF HOUSING IT’S ALWAYS SOMETHING ELSE I THINK THIS IS IN PORT HERE ARE WANTED TO SIT UNSUPPORTED I THINK THAT LOVE TO LOOK DEEPER INTO THIS TO SEE HOW CAN WE GET THESE SYSTEMS TO CHORDATE TOGETHER. >>I THINK SENATOR HAYDEN HAS A DEEPER IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR. >>THE THE EXPERTS HERE AT THE TABLE BUT THANK YOU FOR COMING, I’M NOT SURE ABOUT THE $400 MILLION SITTING IN AN H F A THE COULD BE USED FOR THIS PURPOSE. THERE’S ABOUT $110 MILLION BY ANNUALLY WE USE THAT WE GIVE BEEN APPROPRIATE TO M H F A GET A BUNCH OF OTHER BONDING AND OTHER ESSENTIALLY A BANK THAT WORKS IN ORDER TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE PROVIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING THROUGHOUT THERE ARE WITHIN M H F A BUT AS A HOUSING TRUST FUND THESE ORGANIZATIONS USE FOR RENTAL ASSISTANCE BETTER DELINEATED FOR LONG TERM HOMELESS AND OTHERS I THINK THOSE DOLLARS ARE EFFECTIVELY BEING USED FOR THE FOLKS WHO ARE OUT THERE I THINK BECAUSE OF THE TOOL SENATOR LOUREY IS BROUGHT FORTH AROUND EXPANDING M S A AND OTHER TOOLS THAT WILL ADD ON AND BE ABLE TO TACKLE MORE PEOPLE THAT ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS SO THERE IS AN INTERAGENCY GROUP THAT WORKS ON THIS STUFF SENATOR HOFFMAN THAT DOES TAKEN DHS AND M H F A MEMBERS OF COUNTIES AND CITIES THAT WORK ON THIS LONG TERM PROJECT TO END HOMELESSNESS I THINK THERE IS CONNECTIVITY WITH WHAT PROBABLY MAKE AND USE MEMBERS IS THE VARIOUS BUCKETS THERE ARE IN ORDER TO USE THIS FOR THIS PARTICULAR POPULATION THAT AM H F A DOES NOT HAVE AN UNLIMITED GENERAL FUND APPROPRIATION TO SPEND ON THAT PARTICULAR ISSUE THEY HAVE APPROPRIATIONS ABOUT A 10TH OF THEIR BUDGET COMES FROM MOSS AND ITS DIVIDEND TO CERTAIN BUCKETS FOR THE VARIOUS FOLKS I THINK THERE IS A LOT OF WORK THAT’S BEEN DONE I DO APPLAUD THE WORK THE CREATIVITY AND HOPEFULLY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN TAKE AND OPERATE IN SOME STANCE THAT WILL HELP US I THINK THIS GETS TO THE BROADER NOTION OF GETTING PEOPLE FROM THE TRA SYSTEM OF VOTING IT ALL TOGETHER FOR GETTING THEM TO MOVE FROM THE G R H SYSTEM INTO THE COMMUNITY WITH SUPPORTS. >>MR. CHAIR I THINK IT’S AN IMPORT DISCUSSION THERE ARE A LOT OF MOVING PARTS HERE M H F EIGHT IS A VALUABLE PROGRAM AND AS A IS OF A DIFFERENT ITS HISTORICALLY JUST FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY BETTER IN THE COMMUNITY TRYING TO LIVE ON THEIR OWN PAYING OVER 40 PERCENT OF THEIR INCOME TO HOUSING COSTS AND ITS 811 PEOPLE IS THE TOTAL PEOPLE SERVED UNDER THIS PROGRAM IN ITS CURRENT FORMULATION WHAT WE’RE PROPOSING IS TO INCREASE THAT AMOUNT FROM 194 UP TO $368 A MONTH AND OPEN IT TO PEOPLE COMING OUT OF AT RISK OF BEING IN THE GROUP RESIDENTIAL HOUSING SETTING IT STILL ONE TO BE A MUCH SMALLER PROGRAM THAN IT M H F A I THINK AS DR. GRASSY TESTIFIED WE’RE HOPING TO DOUBLE BY 2021 THE NUMBER PEOPLE ABLE TO UTILIZE THIS AND GIVE THEM MORE INDEPENDENCE FOR PEOPLE THEN THE PIECE THAT WAS IT REALLY MENTIONED JUST YET THE HOUSING SUPPORTS SERVICES MANY OF WHICH ARE PROBABLY THROUGH THE DIN WHAT NOT ARE COMPLETELY STATE ONLY RIGHT NOW AND THERE ARE THINGS LIKE PENDING SCREENING IN HOUSING ASSESSMENT ASSISTANCE WITH HOUSING SURGEON APPLICATION PROCESS IDENTIFYING RESOURCES TO COVER ONE TIME MOVING EXPENSES NEW LIVING ARRANGEMENTS ASSISTED ARRANGEMENT FOR AND SUPPORTING DETAILS OF DEVELOPING A HOUSING SUPPORT CRISIS PLANNING THESE ARE THINGS WE DO KNOW BUT WE DO IT AT 100 PERCENT STATE LEVEL AND WHAT WE’RE SAYING AS IN THIS PACKAGE WERE GOING TO TAKE THIS SET OF SERVICES IT’S ABLE TO BE GRANTED UNDER FEDERAL WAIVER AND MOVE PART OF IT UNDER MEDICAID PROGRAM THROUGH A WAIVER AND DRAWDOWN FEDERAL MATCH IN ORDER TO SUPPORT THIS AND BY PUTTING THESE TOGETHER A LOT OF THESE MOVING PIECES CAN SYNCHRONIZE A LITTLE BETTER IN AGGREGATE THE PACKAGE SHOULD SAVE ABOUT $1 MILLION A YEAR WE NEED TO GET TIED DOWN AND HAVE A FISCAL NOTE AND WE CAN HAVE THAT CONVERSATION AGAIN THERE WAS THE ONE ADDITIONAL PIECE THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN LOST I MAY BE GLOSSED OVER THAT A BIT IT’S A HOUSING SUPPORT SERVICES THAT WE’RE MOVING UNDER THE AUSPICES OF OUR FEDERAL SUPPORTED AND MEDICAID PROGRAM THROUGH A WAIVER THAT GENERATES THE SAVINGS. >>I THINK THAT AS WELL SAID IT’S NOT BAD TO SAY SOMETHING TWICE SENATOR RALPH. >>JUST A COUPLE OF THOUGHTS AND MY QUESTION I WILL START WITH THE QUESTION YOU SAY THERE’S A MILLION DOLLARS IN SAVINGS IS THIS BECAUSE OF THE SHIFT TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SO THEY’RE GOING TO BE PICKING UP THE MILLION OR IS IT BECAUSE SOMETHING I’M VERY FOCUSED ON THIS IS BECAUSE WE’RE GOING TO ACTUALLY MOVE THESE PEOPLE INTO MORE INDEPENDENT LIVING WHETHER NOT REQUIRING THE SUPPORT SERVICES OF A GROUP HOME OR OTHER TYPES OF FACILITY AND ACTUALLY TEARAWAY MORE INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT FOR THEM IN THEIR DAILY LIVES? I CAN OF RANUM THEY’RE DO YOU UNDERSTAND?>>MR. CHAIR AND SENATOR RELPH YES. [LAUGHTER] >>IT WAS TO QUESTIONS ACTUALLY.>>IT ACTUALLY DOES SUPPORT PEOPLE IN THEIR INDEPENDENCE BY MAKING IT MORE USEFUL FOR THEM THAT INCREASE FROM $194 UP TO $368 MAKES IT SO MORE PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN THEIR INDEPENDENCE THAT PEACE IS ACTUALLY A COST TO THE STATE BUT IT DOES FOSTERED A GREATER LEVEL OF INDEPENDENCE AND ACTUALLY SOME BETTER TRACTION WITH SOME OF THE U.S. TRANSITIONING FROM HIGH SCHOOL SETTING OR SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT MAY BE BY PASSING G R H ALTOGETHER BY MAKING AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE WHO OTHERWISE WOULDN’T HAVE ACCESS TO THE $194 THE SAVINGS COMES AND IT’S FROM BRINGING IN FEDERAL SUPPORTS FOR THINGS SETTER PAID FOR BY THE STATE AND YES IT’S NOT AN OVERALL REDUCTION OF RESOURCES GOING TO THE ENTITIES PROVIDING THE SUPPORTS ITS TAKING OUR EXISTING PROGRAMS AND LEVERAGING SOME FEDERAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE THEM WORK BETTER AND PROVIDE GREATER INDEPENDENCE. >>AGAIN YES. >>THINKS IS GOOD TO HAVE A SUCCINCT ANSWER. THE MAGIC NUMBER OF 36750 IS A NUMBER THERE IS NO MATCH TO THAT? >>IS THAT HOUSING COMPONENT IS MS 8 MATCHED IN THIS PROPOSAL I’M CURIOUS HOW YOU CAME WITH THE $367.50 BALLED THE FIGURES YOU COULD EXPECT? >>MR. CHAIR I’M NOT QUITE SURE HOW. >>I SEE A VOLUNTEER COMING FROM THE AUDIENCE. THIS IS THE ENCORE PERFORMANCE. >>SENATOR ABELER THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION THE CHANGE IN THE NUMBER WAS PREVIOUSLY THE M.A. HOUSING ASSISTANCE WAS DETERMINED BY THE FEDERAL FOOD SUPPORT LEVEL AND NOW WERE CHANGING IT TO HALF OF THE SSI INCOME STANDARD THAT’S WHERE THAT 36750 CAME FROM WHICH IS MORE PROPER FOR HOUSING. >>I’M GLAD IT’S BASED ON A FORMULA SOMEWHERE YET IS ANY OF THAT MATCHED OR IS ALL THAT MATCH HAPPENING AND OTHER SUPPORT PROGRAMS? >>I THINK WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR. THE FOR NOTES >>IS ANY OF ASSETS MS A MATCHED? >>I CANNOT ANSWER THAT. >>I COULD LEND YOU MY FISCAL NOTE THAT THE BILL I’M DOING IS NOT FREE THAT. PROBABLY THAT . THERE’S NO MATCH? SENATOR BENSON. >>MR. CHAIR, SENATOR LOUREY ON PAGE THREE LINE 10, THE INDIVIDUAL MUST BE REASSESSED WITHIN ONE YEAR AND ANNUALLY THEREAFTER ANY CONSIDERATION TO CHANGING THAT ASSESSMENT MAY BE IT DOESN’T YET HAVE BEEN AT THIS TIME PEOPLE AREN’T FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGING THE DISABILITY FROM YEAR TO YEAR TO HAVE THE ASSESSMENT THAT’S A GENERAL QUESTION FOR A LOT OF THE SERVICES THAT WE PROVIDE. AS WE’RE MOVING PEOPLE FROM GROUPS SETTINGS TO INDEPENDENT LIVING PERHAPS SENATOR LOUREY OR SENATOR ABELER WHAT’S GOING HAPPEN WITH THEIR TRANSPORTATION? HOW ARE WE GOING TO HANDLE THAT HAS ANYONE? >>MAYBE I’LL TAKE THE FIRST PART THE TRANSPORTATION I WILL PASS ON ON THE FIRST PART ONE OF THE THINGS WE DO STRUGGLE WITH IS KEEPING UP WITH THE INDIVIDUALS DESIRES AND NEEDS THAT’S WHY AN ANNUAL ASSESSMENT IS ACTUALLY STILL QUITE VALUABLE BECAUSE WILL NEVER GET THINGS PERFECT AND WE NEED TO ADMIT THAT AND WE NEED TO SAY WE’RE GOING TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT THE NEEDS AND DESIRES OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND SEE IF WHAT WE HAVE IS ACTUALLY MEETING WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR I PERSONALLY THINK WE CAN HAVE A CONVERSATION AROUND WHETHER THAT’S THE RIGHT LEVEL OR NOT I’D BE AMENABLE TO A CONVERSATION I WANT TO SEE SOME RELATIVELY FREQUENT REASSESSMENT BECAUSE WE’VE HAD PEOPLE SITTING IN THE WRONG SERVE A SETTING FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND WE NEED TO BE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT TRYING TO PROVIDE THAT GREAT LEVEL OF INDEPENDENCE AND MOVING PEOPLE ALONG AND TRYING TO GET A REASSESSMENT AND IT THEY HAD ASSESSMENTS DONE AS WELL AND STILL SIT SO THERE’S A COUNTER POINT OF COURSE THAT’S THE INTENT WITH THIS ASSESSMENT IS MAKING SURE THE INDIVIDUAL IS BROUGHT IN AND IT’S THE RIGHT SERVE THE SETTING AND ITS MEETING THEIR WANTS AND DESIRES AND MEETING ASPIRATIONAL GOAL OF THE GREATEST COMMUNITY INTEGRATION THERE WERE ABLE TO ACHIEVE. >>ON THE TRANSPORTATION? >>SENATOR BENSON THINK THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION TRANSPORTATION IS A HUGE CHALLENGE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ALL ACROSS THE STATE IN THE METRO AND BEYOND. WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL FOR EXAMPLE BEEN MOVED OUT OF A GROUP HOME AND THEIR OWN INDEPENDENT SETTING THAT MAY HAVE OTHER SERVICES LIKE WEAVER SERVICES IF THEY’RE GOING TO SOME SORT OF EMPLOYMENT TO MAKE IT TRANSPORTATION THREE THAT OFTEN FOLKS IN THE METRO AREA PRODUCING SERVICES LIKE METRO MOBILITY AND OTHER PLACES USED DARTS OR OTHER LOCAL SERVICE PROVIDERS AND YOU WOULD SEE A LOT MORE FLEXIBILITY IN THEIR BUDGETS ONCE THEY RECEIVE THIS SO THEY CAN PAY FOR SOME OF THOSE INDEPENDENT TRANSPORTATION BUT IT’S ABSOLUTELY HUGE CHALLENGE MINNESOTA PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. >>SENATOR KIFFMEYER. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR I’M TAKING A LOOK AT THE SHEET HERE AND I SEE THE SAVINGS OF $1 MILLION PER YEAR BECAUSE THEY’RE OFFSET BY REDUCTIONS AND STATE- FUNDED SERVICES SO THE REPLACED BY FEDERALLY FUNDED SUPPORT SERVICES SO ITS SWITCHING OF THAT’S HOW THE SAVINGS IS GONE AND I READ LOWER EXPANDING NSA AND HOUSING ASSISTANCE WILL COST APPROXIMATELY $3 MILLION A YEAR WITH THE OFFSET FROM FEDERALLY FUNDED SERVICES THOSE TWO THINGS SEEM TO BE CONFLICTING WITH EACH OTHER CAN YOU RECONCILE HOW YOU CAN SAY BUT HAVE MORE COSTS? MAYBE I’M MISSING SOMETHING? >>SENATOR KIFFMEYER PART OF THAT WILL BE CLEAR WHEN THE FISCAL NOTE COMES THE INTERACTIONS WITH ALL THAT IS $1 MILLION WE HAVE THE ONE THAT WAS FREE FOR THE BILL WE DIDN’T WANT TO DO. >>MR. CHAIR YOU’RE HEARING A BILL THAT DOES AND HAVING A FISCAL NOTE YET? >>WERE IN THE POLICY COMMITTEE AT. >>YOU’RE ASKING MY QUESTIONS FOR ME I AGREE APPRECIATE THAT. >>MR. CHAIR, THANK YOU, I WANT TO THANK SENATOR LOUREY FOR HELPING US FIGURE OUT THIS DISTINCTION BETWEEN POLICY. >>WE COULD DISCUSS THAT AT MORE LENGTH THIS IS THE WAY TO GO BUT STARTING ON OUR GROUP OF HEARINGS SENATOR RALPH? >>JUST ONE FURTHER QUESTION A FOLLOW-UP ON WHAT SENATOR BENSON ASKED ABOUT THE ASSESSMENTS IS ARE CURRENTLY ANY KIND OF PLAN FOR REGULAR ASSESSMENT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THAT ARE IN THESE PROGRAMS AND IF SO IS THIS REDUNDANT WERE WE DOING HERE? >>MR. CHAIR THERE ARE ASSESSMENTS FOR PEOPLE IN ALMOST I THINK ALL OF OUR DISABILITY GROUPS SETTINGS AND THIS IS A SETUP PEOPLE WOULD BE IN A DIFFERENT SETTING AND WOULD MAKE SURE THEY HAVE ASSESSMENTS DONE IN THIS NEW SERVICE SANG ALL SO IT’S NOT REDUNDANT I DON’T THINK IT WOULD BE OVERLAPPING WITH ADDITIONAL ASSESSMENTS IT’S CERTAINLY NOT INTENDED TO BE BUT IT’S A GOOD QUESTION IF IT DID BECOME REDUNDANT IN SOME MANNER WE WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT THAT AND MAKE SURE WE’RE NOT CHECKING BOXES THAT WE’VE GOT ASSESSMENTS THAT ARE MEETING IN AGO THIS REALLY IS INTENDED TO BE THAT CHECK TO MAKE SURE IRAQ MAKING PROGRESS ON ACHIEVING GREATER LEVEL OF INDEPENDENCE FOR PEOPLE. >>I THINK THE YEAR IS CUSTOMARY THAT’S PRETTY COMMON. >>MR. CHAIR AND SENATOR LOUREY I’M CONCERNED WE’RE TRYING TO AS PART OF THE FOCUS ON OUR COMMITTEE IS TO TRY TO BRING A BETTER QUARTER NATION OF SERVICES AND TO BRING A BETTER COMMUNICATION OF SERVICES AND GUESS MY QUESTION IS TO THAT POINT IF WE ALREADY HAVE ASSESSMENT PROGRAMS THEN WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT WHAT EXISTS AND INCORPORATE THOSE RATHER THAN TAKING THE CHANCE AND CREATING SOMETHING WE THEN HAVE TO TURN AROUND AND GO BACK AND FIGURE OUT NOW I RAISE THAT AS AN ISSUE THANK YOU. >>THE STAFF MISS WHITE IS OFFERING TO CLARIFY. >>ESTHER CHAIR AND MEMBERS IT’S MY UNDERSTANDING THE REQUIREMENTS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR THIS PROGRAM AN ANNUAL ASSESSMENT IS NECESSARY. >>MR. CHAIR I COULD ADD TO THAT I THINK WE WOULD STILL BE ABLE TO INVESTIGATE AND SEE IF IT WERE DUPLICATIVE IN SOME MANNER AND PUT THEM TOGETHER IN A WAY THAT WORKS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE SERVICE SETTINGS THAT ARE STILL ENGAGED AND WOULD WANT TO MAKE SURE WE DID THAT. >>SENATOR HAYDEN. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR ONCE AGAIN I THINK IT’S MAYBE SOMETIMES ESPECIALLY FOR MEMBERS BETTER WADING THROUGH THIS WE DON’T HAVE TO DO THIS TODAY I THINK WE GOT THERE BUT TO GIVE A SENSE OF WHAT’S THESE CLIENTS MIGHT LOOK LIKE AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS DISCUSSED EARLIER THESE FOLKS HAVE CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES SO THEY ARE WORKING WITH THE CASE MANAGER WHO IS HELPING THEM WITH THE VARIOUS SYSTEMS ALONG WITH OTHER LIFE CHALLENGES IF YOU WILL AND OFTEN THE CASE MANAGER FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE COMMITTEE IS THE ONE THAT’S HELPING THE CLIENT WALKS THROUGH THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS THAT THERE ARE IN REGARD TO M S A FOR HOUSING TRUST FUND OR WHEREVER THEY MIGHT GET ASSISTANCE AND THOSE FOLKS ARE HELPING TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE KEPT UP ON ALL THE VARIOUS ELIGIBILITY AND ASSESSMENT CRITERIA SO THE WRAPAROUND SERVICES PORTION IS REALLY THE PART THAT HASN’T BEEN LIFTED UP ENOUGH TO TALK ABOUT WHO THE FOLKS ARE WHEN YOU DO SUPPORT OF THE SCATTERED SITE SUPPORT A POLICY MEETING SUPPORT OF HOUSING IN THE COMMUNITY IT ONLY WORKS AS EFFECTIVE TO HAVE A CASE MANAGER OR SOMEONE WHO’S ASSISTING THEM AS THEY MAKE THEIR WAY INTO THE COMMUNITY SO I THINK IT’S GOOD FOR THE COMMITTEE TO KNOW THESE ARE THE FUNDING SOURCES BUT WHAT THEY HELPED TO FUND IS NOT ONLY THEIR IN COME AND THEIR RENT ASSISTANCE THE ALSO HELPS TO SUPPORT THOSE CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES THAT HELP THEM NAVIGATE IN THE COMMUNITY. >>WILL MAKE SURE THIS NOTE DOUBLE EVALUATION AS THE INTERACTIONS GO FORWARD SENATOR LOUREY >>JUST TO PIGGYBACK ON SOME OF WHAT SENATOR HAYDEN WAS MENTIONING WHICH WAS HELPFUL AND JOIN THAT WITH THE CONCERNS ON TRANSPORTATION THIS ACTUALLY IS IN GOING TO BE THE AND ALL BE A SOLUTION FOR EVERYONE IT’S GOING TO SERVE MAYBE ANOTHER 800 INDIVIDUALS THEY’RE GOING TO WORK THEIR CASE TANAGER TO SEE IF AN ARRANGEMENT LIKE THIS WORKS FOR THAT INDIVIDUAL AND A TRANSPORTATION IS TOO BIG AN ISSUE AND BECOMES A BARRIER THEY WOULDN’T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS AND WILL NEED TO TRY TO CONTINUE TO WATCH TO THE EXTENT TO WHICH THAT PLAYS OUT THE CASE MANAGER IS GOING TO BE THE GATEKEEPER TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE WILL CHOOSE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE PROGRAM HAVE THE REST OF THE PACKAGE OF CARE NEEDS MET. >>I THINK IT’S A GOOD HEARING AND A FISCAL NOTE IS IN THE MAIL. [LAUGHTER] WITH FAT THIS BILL IS LAID OVER. >>NEXT WE HAVE SENATE FILE 911 PRESENTED BY SENATOR ABELER >>THINK MR. CHAIR I WILL MOVE SENATE FILE 911 IN FRONT OF LOSS I’M NOT SURE WHAT THE FISCAL NOTE WILL SAY ON THIS EVEN THOUGH IT SAYS $10 MILLION IT MAY BE SOMETHING IN THAT RANGE. WHAT IN KEEPING WITH TODAY’S STEAMED ABOUT TRYING TO DRIVE INNOVATION AND THAT PEOPLE THINK WE’RE WOULD 10 YEARS FROM NOW LOOK LIKE WHERE WE WANT TO GET TO? HAVE A GOOD CROWD OF PEOPLE IN MY OFFICE SINCE NOVEMBER I’VE BEEN ASKING EACH OF THEM WHAT YOU WISH 10 YEARS FROM NOW WOULD LOOK LIKE A PUSH THE MONEY LET’S PUSH A POLICY LET’S PUSH THE PROCESS TO WHERE WE WISH WE COULD BE SAID OF TRYING TO LIVE IN THE PAST WITH HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES ETC. BETTER MAYBE NOT WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR. THIS IS EXPANDING OUR CURRENT PROGRAMS WITH INNOVATION GRANTS TO TRY TO DRIVE IMPROVEMENTS INTO THE SYSTEM. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY GOING TO BE EVERYONE YOU HEAR THIS IS GOING TO SAVE MONEY BUT IT’S GOING TO SAVE MONEY AND I WAS THERE THE WAY TO CAPTURE THE BENEFITS OF ALL THIS IN OUR COMMITTEE. AS IS THE CASE IN MANY OF THE EXPENDITURES AND INVESTMENTS AND IMPROVEMENTS WE MAKE THE SAVINGS SHOW UP IN THE FORECAST 13 YEARS FROM NOW AND PREDICTED TO COME BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET PEOPLE WON’T LET US CAPTURE THAT IF WE CAN THINK OF A WAY I WILL TRY THAT MEMBERS BUT I HAVEN’T THOUGHT OF THAT YET. TO AVOID ME DUPLICATING TESTIMONY I HAVE AN AMAZING WITNESS HERE WHO RUNS THE RISE PROGRAM AND HAS BEEN AN ADVISER TO ME ON THIS TOPIC SINCE I WAS A FRESHMAN IN THE HOUSE. THAT’S A LONG TIME AGO SHAQ IS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WE DISCUSS THOSE DETERMINED BILLS ACTUALLY READS THEM AND OFFERS INSIGHT AND ADVICE TO IMPROVE THEM WITH HER AND SHE’S BEEN A KEY PART TO SOME OF OUR REFORMS AND RISE IS AN INNOVATOR AND DEDICATED SERVICE WITH THAT BACKGROUND SHOULD BRINGS TESTIMONY ON THIS BILL. >>WELCOME PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD AND CONTINUE WITH YOUR TESTIMONY. >>GOOD AFTERNOON MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS I’M THE PRESIDENT OF RICE INC. AND ORGANIZATION THAT SUPPORTS PEOPLE OF VARYING ABILITIES TO SERVE ABOUT 3000 PEOPLE EACH YEAR THROUGHOUT THE TWIN CITIES AND THROUGHOUT CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND PRIMARILY IN EMPLOYMENT AND COMMUNITY INTEGRATION TYPE SUPPORTS AS WELL AS TRANSPORTATION. I’M HERE IN SUPPORT OF INCREASING FUNDING TO HOME AND COMMUNITY- BASED SERVICES INCENTIVE POOL AT DHS WE WANT TO THANK SENATOR ABELER FOR LEADING THESE EFFORTS THESE LAST SEVERAL YEARS THE INCENTIVE POOL WAS PART OF THE GOVERNOR’S PROPOSAL IN 2015 BUT COMPETITIVE R F P PROCESS HELPS DISABILITY PROVIDERS LIKE RISE TO DEMONSTRATE WHAT WORKS BUT HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO IMPLEMENT DUE TO CHANGES TO THE CHALLENGES WITHIN THE CURRENT RATE SYSTEM PROVIDERS ARE FOCUSED ON COMMUNITY FIRST OPTIONS BUT CAN ONLY GO SO FAR IN TRANSITIONING SERVICES BASED ON THE CURRENT FUNDING STRUCTURES. THIS COMPETITIVE R F P IS AVAILABLE TO DISABILITY SERVICE PROVIDERS WHO ARE EVIL TO INNOVATE AND TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO GREATER INDEPENDENCE IN THREE KEY AREAS THOSE AREAS ARE COMPETITIVE EMPLOYMENT, INDEPENDENT LIVING AND GREATER COMMUNITY INTEGRATION. RICE RECEIVED AN AWARD FROM THE EIGHT CBS INCENTIVE POOL FOR $150,000 TO ASSIST PEOPLE WITH COMPLEX AND SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES IN OBTAINING EMPLOYMENT WITHIN THE COMMUNITY THE INNOVATIVE WAY OUR GRANT WORKS IS BY OFFERING PAYMENT FOR SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM OUTCOMES SO WE’RE ONLY PAID AND PEOPLE THAT WE SERVE ACHIEVE CERTAIN MILESTONES SUCH AS JOB HIGHER OR 90 RETENTION AND 180 DATA RETENTION AND IMPLEMENT THE PRIMARY REASON WE’RE NOT PROVIDING THIS SERVICE BEFORE AND WHAT PROVIDERS ARE SO OFTEN UNABLE TO INNOVATE IN THE DAY SERVICE AREA IS FOR COMPETITIVE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES THE CURRENT RATE METHODOLOGIES FOR PERSONS SERVED UNDER MEDICAID WAIVERS ARE INSUFFICIENT TO COVER THE COST OF THE SERVICES. YOU’LL HEAR MORE ABOUT THAT IN THE NEXT BILL. ADDITIONALLY WE BELIEVE TESTING PERFORMANCE BASED PAYMENT MODELS WILL PROVIDE KEY LEARNING FOR ALL OF US IN DETERMINING THE FUTURE REIMBURSEMENT MODELS THE GRANT IS DIVIDED INTO THREE AREAS THE FIRST ARE FOUR PROPOSALS THAT WERE OVER $50,000 LIKE THOSE THAT ARE IN YOUR HANDOUTS THE SECOND WAS FOR A VENDOR TO ADMINISTER MICRO GRANTS TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE DISABILITIES TO ACHIEVE INDIVIDUAL OUTCOMES AND THE THIRD GRANT IS FOR PROPOSALS UNDER $50,000 TO ADVANCE SMALL GRANTS AND MICRO GRANTS TO PROMOTE INNOVATIVE AND CREATIVE RESPONSES FROM MORE VARIETY OF APPLICANTS SOME WHO MAY BE NEW TO THE STATE OUR OF P PROCESS. FOR THE FIRST ROUND OF GRANTS THERE WERE 27 APPLICANTS THAT REQUESTED A TOTAL OF $7 MILLION AND ONLY 10 APPLICANTS WERE AWARDED THE $1.7 MILLION AVAILABLE THAT YOU SEE ON YOUR LIST EACH PROJECT DETAILS THE SPECIFIC BENCHMARK THEY’LL NEED IN ORDER TO RECEIVE AN INCENTIVE THAT CAN BE INVESTED BACK INTO MOVING ON TO THE NEXT PERSON WERE THRILLED THAT THESE GRANTS ARE CREATIVELY DESIGNED TO ALSO BE ABLE TO BE GIVEN TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE DISABILITIES TO MANAGE. WHO WOULD LIKE TO ACHIEVE SPECIFIC OUTCOMES AS WELL AND WHILE WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THOSE GRANTS WILL BEFORE IT COULD BE THINGS LIKE ONGOING TRAINING AND EDUCATION TO PREPARE FOR EMPLOYMENT OR TWO WAYS TO START A BUSINESS ALL THE GRANTS WOULD BE BASED ON THE INDIVIDUAL GOALS AND STRENGTHEN INTEREST OF EACH PERSON. MANY THESE PROJECTS WILL BE ESPECIALLY ADVANTAGEOUS TO USE WHO HAVE DISABILITIES SUPPORTING YOUTH AND OTHERS WITH DISABILITIES TO BYPASS LIVING IN A GROUP HOME OR BEING SERVED IN DAY TRADING IN REHABILITATION IF THERE IS NOT CHOOSING THAT SERVICE SUPPORTING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO MOVE DIRECTLY INTO MORE INDEPENDENT LIVING AND INDEPENDENT EMPLOYMENT WILL BE CRITICAL TO TURNING THE SHIP OF DISABILITY SERVICES TO GREATER INDEPENDENCE THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE TESTIMONY. >>THANK YOU MEMBERS? ANY MEMBERS >>JUST TO HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WERE SOME OF THE SAVINGS WOULD COME, MR. NOREN OUTLINED A FEW IDEAS SENATOR UTKE AND SENATOR HOFFMAN AS WE’RE DOING THE D W H KIND OF WORK SOME OF THIS MONEY COULD HELP SOME OF THESE PEOPLE BE DIVERTED A PERSON WHO CAN GO FROM LIVING IN THEIR PARENTS’ HOME AND WRITE INTO INDEPENDENT LIVING WILL BYPASS THE GROUP HOME AND THERE’S A SAVINGS HOW YOU CALCULATE IT IT’S NOT CALCULABLE BUT OTHERWISE THE SYSTEM OF THE COST A PERSON WHO MIGHT OF GONE TO A D T N.H. BUT TO THE SERVICES FOUND A WAY TO FIND A JOB THAT THEY FOUND A SUITABLE OUTSIDE IN A COMPETITIVE MARKET SUPPORT NEVER GOT TO EXPERIENCE THE DAILY RATE OF A D T N.H. AND MAYBE THEY NEEDED SMALL AMOUNTS OF SUPPORTS TO BE INDEPENDENT AND COST ME ONE-TENTH OF WHAT A CLIENT MAY HAVE NEEDED AND SOME OF THE PRODUCTIVITY THEY GENERATE AND THE TAXES THEY PAY IS ALSO ADDED BACK THAT’S WHAT. THIS WHAT . THERE’S A BASE OF MOUNT? >>I THINK IT’S $50,000. >>THAT’S THE POINT OF THIS AND THE NUMBER WAS SCIENTIFICALLY DERIVED WE PUT ONE AND PUT 70 FACTOR THAT THAT BECAME THE NO. WE KNEW WAS THE RIGHT NUMBER SO ITS SCALABLE BUT WE WANT TO POINT OUT THIS MONEY CALL BE SPENT IN WAYS THAT WILL ADVANCE NOT JUST THE MATH BUT ALSO THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF INDIVIDUALS BEING SERVED SO OFTEN PUT A $ON THE PROGRAM BUT UNI NO THE QUALITY OF LIFE THESE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND OTHER PEOPLE CAN ENJOY A IS REALLY MORE VALUABLE THAN $. THAT’S WHAT I WOULD SAY MR. CHAIR. >>THANK YOU SENATOR ABELER ANY OTHER COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS? WE WILL LET HIM OFF EASY IN THE FINAL REMARKS? >>THE FISCAL NOTE IS IN THE MAIL MR. CHAIR. >>HEARING THAT THIS BILL SENATE FILE 911 WILL BE LAID OVER. >>WELCOME TO VISIT THE SENATOR HOFFMAN OUR. I MEANT TO MENTION WE HAD ONE OTHER WITNESS TO MY BILL TO SET THE TABLE AGAIN HERE, TIME IS GOING WELL I DON’T FEEL A NEED TO RACE THROUGH THESE I FEEL THE EXPERTS AT THE TABLE AND OTHERS CAN DIALOGUE WHERE WE NEED TO GO BECAUSE THESE ARE REALLY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS THIS COMMITTEE IS ATTEMPTING TO MAKE A DENT IN THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE WE’VE TALKED ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR POPULATIONS WE’RE DRESSING WE CAN’T WORK GROUP WHICH WILL BE TALKING ABOUT THOSE ARE GERMANE TO SOME OF THESE BILLS AS WE TALK ABOUT THIS. SENATOR HOFFMAN WILL MOVE YOUR BILL AND GLAD HAVE THE OF THE TABLE. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR IN FRONT OF YOU IS SENATE FILE 1055, AS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE DIFFERENT WORK GROUPS YOU’RE CORRECT THE BILLS THAT HAVE THE SAME THEME AND INTENT SENATE FILE 1055 ESTABLISHES THREE NEW EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT SERVICES THAT MINNESOTANS WITH DISABILITIES COULD ACCESS TO THE FOR DISABILITY WAIVERS TO WE HAVE AVAILABLE IN MINNESOTA. HERE IN THE SENATE HUMAN SERVICES REFORM COMMITTEE AS WELL IN VARIOUS SETTINGS ACROSS THE STATE WE’VE BEEN HAVING IMPORTANT CONVERSATIONS TAKING PLACE HOW WE CAN ADDRESS THE CURRENT IDENTIFY BARRIERS TO MINNESOTANS WITH DISABILITIES LIVING MEANINGFUL LIVES IN COMMUNITIES BASED ON THEIR OWN CHOICES ABOUT WHERE THEY LIVE OR THEY LEARN OR WORK IN OR THEY PLAY THIS BILL MOVES ARE STATE TOWARDS THAT GOAL BY ESTABLISHING A SPECIFIC SUPPORT SERVICES THAT MINNESOTA WITH DISABILITIES COULD ACCESS AS THE FINE WORK AND KEEP EMPLOYMENT CURRENT INCOME OF IMPLEMENT AND THERE TO FOLKS HERE WITH ME TODAY WE HAVE DAKOTA COUNTY AND LYNN NOREN AND FROM RICE WHO WILL TALK ABOUT THIS AND WE’RE DISCUSSING THINGS LIKE EMPLOYMENT AND JOB DISCOVERY AND JOB DEVELOPMENT AND IS SUPPORTIVE EMPLOYMENT MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS THEY’RE HERE TO GO AND DEEPER IN ON THE BILLS. >>WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE. >>THANKS MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY IN SUPPORT OF THE CREATION OF THESE THREE NEW AND ONE OF SERVICES BEING PROPOSED. THE SERVICES WILL MAKE INDIVIDUALIZED INTEGRATED IMPLEMENT ACCESSIBLE FOR GREATER NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH SUBMITTING DISABILITIES IN MINNESOTA WHO WANT TO WORK IN REALLY STRENGTHEN OUR ABILITY TO EMPOWER PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO THRIVE AND PROSPER. PELL ALSO ENSURE THE REQUIREMENTS OF HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SETTING RULE OF WORKFORCE INNOVATION UP TO ME AT THE MINNESOTA OLMSTED PLAN AND THE MINNESOTA EMPLOYMENT FIRST POLICY FORMAT AND THOSE ARE ALL LINING UP TELLING US PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WANT TO WORK IN INTEGRATED SETTINGS WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN FOR THOSE FOLKS. WE CURRENTLY HAVE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES AVAILABLE THAT ARE WORKING FOR A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES OR ACCESSING VOCATIONAL OR DAY SERVICES IN MINNESOTA BECAUSE OF SOME PILOTS THAT WE’VE BEEN DOING IN DAKOTA COUNTY OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS TO INCREASE EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES FOR PEOPLE WITH SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES WHICH HAVE VERY STRONG IMPORTANT STRESS COMPONENTS TO THEM WE KNOW MANY MANY MORE PEOPLE WANT TO WORK THAN CURRENTLY ARE. ONE OF THE PILOTS WE DIDN’T CALL THE WAY TO WORK WAS A PILOT WE DID WITH THE APARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND ONE IN AN ECONOMIC OF ELEMENT AND REHABILITATION SERVICES AND ONE OF OUR DATE TRAINING PROVIDERS AND BASICALLY WHAT WE DID WAS WE WORK WITH PEOPLE AND GAVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT AND WHEN IT IS AND HOW WOULD LOOK IN THEIR LIVES AND THE FACT IT’S AN OPTION FOR THEM HOW WOULD INTERACT WITH THEIR BENEFITS AND 125 PEOPLE OR 50 PERCENT DURING THE FIRST YEAR DURING OUR PILOT IN 2016 CAME FORWARD AND SAID IT WANTED TO WORK INSTEAD OF RECEIVING SERVICES IN THE CENTER WHERE THEY HAD BEEN. THE NATIONAL CORE INDICATOR SURVEY A NATIONAL SURVEY THAT LOOKS AT INDIVIDUAL STATES AS THE SAME QUESTION TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ACROSS THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND THAT SURVEY ALSO CAME UP WITH A NUMBER OF 50 PERCENT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE SAYING WHO ARE IN CENTERS AND WOULD RATHER WORK IN INTEGRATED AND COMPETITIVE EMPLOYMENT THE SPRING WE BEEN DOING ANOTHER PILOT IT FEELS LIKE SPRING THIS WINTER OR SPRING WE BEEN DOING A PILOT WHERE WE’VE BEEN MEETING INDIVIDUALLY WITH FAMILIES WHO HAVE STUDENTS FOR GRADUATING THIS SPRING AND THE PERSON WITH A DISABILITY AND THEIR FAMILY AND WE HAVE UNEMPLOYMENT COORDINATOR WHO SITS DOWN WITH THEM AND GOES OVER TO THE THEME COMPONENTS REALLY WORKING WITH THEM TO SHOW HOW THEIR PLAN THEIR LIFE WOULD LOOK POST GRADUATION AT TEMPLIN WAS PART OF IT WHAT SERVICES THEY WOULD USE THE COST OF OTHER SERVICES MIGHT AUGMENT THEIR SCHEDULE DURING THE WEEK AND SO FAR WE’VE MET WITH 20 FAMILIES AND AFTER MEETING WITH OUR IMPLEMENT COORDINATOR 19 OF THOSE 20 FAMILIES HAVE CHOSEN IN A GRID OF OPTIONS FOR DAYS SERVICES UPON GRADUATION AND 18 OF THEM HAVE CHOSEN INTEGRATED TO IMPLEMENT AS THEIR NO. 1 CHOICE FOR POST GRADUATION. IF A LARGER PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE AND WE THINK THE NUMBER IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO GROW REALLY WANT EMPLOYMENT SERVICES AND SUPPORTS WE NEED TO DESIGN A SYSTEM THAT WILL WORK WELL FOR THEM. THE NEW SERVICES CREATED CLEAR PATH TO MOVE SOMEONE FROM DATE TRAINING AND HABITATION OR FROM SCHOOL AND INTO INTEGRATED IMPLEMENT AND BREAK DOWN THE PLANNING PROCESS AND SERVICE COMPONENTS NECESSARY TO DO SO AND VERY IMPORTANTLY THEY INCLUDE THE STRONG INFORMED DECISION MAKING COMPONENT AND THEY ALSO BEEN SENT THE CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT FROM OUR PROVIDER COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE THESE IMPORTANT SERVICES. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS BEFORE THE NEXT TESTIFIER SHALL TALK BRIEFLY THIS IS A HANDOUT YOU HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU AND SHE WILL PART OF TESTIMONY IS TO TALK ABOUT THE EMPLOYMENT EXPLORATION SERVICES AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES AND EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT SERVICES TO WANTED TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A VISUAL OF FACT MR. CHAIR. >>CHAIR IF ABELER AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE I’M FROM RISE INC. I’M HERE TODAY TO TESTIFY BRIEFLY IN SUPPORT OF SENATE FILE 1055 ON BEHALF OF RIGHTS AS WELL AS ON BEHALF OF A BROADER DAY AN EMPLOYMENT SERVICE PROVIDER ASSOCIATION THAT’S CALLED MORE AS YOUR WHERE FROM OLMSTED PLAN THE NEW FEDERAL RULES ABOUT COMMUNITY-BASED DISABILITIES SERVICE SAYS TO NEW FEDERAL RULES ABOUT THE PATH YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WILL TAKE AS THEY PREPARE TO LEAVE SCHOOL AND INTO THE WORKFORCE THERE ARE MANY INTERRELATED INITIATIVES THAT ARE CURRENTLY PUSHING AS A STATE THAT INCREASED SERVICE FLEXIBILITY AND OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE DISABILITIES IN MINNESOTA AS THEY PURSUE MEANINGFUL LIVES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. THE BILL BEFORE YOU TODAY REPRESENTS A CONCRETE STEP FORWARD TOWARDS THE SHARED GOAL BY ESTABLISHING THE POLICY AND FUNDING INFRASTRUCTURE NECESSARY DECREE THIS SET OF THREE NEW INCOME SUPPORTS THAT CAN BE USED TO SECURE MORE INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY-BASED OF ONE AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE. THE SERVICES WILL HELP YOUTH ESPECIALLY TO BYPASS THE SERVICES WE TALKED ABOUT BEFORE THAT CAN SOMETIMES BE DIFFICULT TO EXIT THE THREE NEW EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT SERVICES ESTABLISHED IN THE BILL ARE AS FOLLOWS, THE FIRST IS EMPLOYMENT EXPLORATION SERVICES WHICH ARE COMMUNITY- BASED ORIENTATION SERVICES THAT HELP INTRODUCE A PERSON TO COMPETITIVE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THEIR COMMUNITY THROUGH INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES WORK EXPERIENCE AND OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES. THE SECOND SERVICE IS EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT WHICH ARE INDIVIDUALIZED SERVICES THAT ACTIVELY SUPPORT A PERSON TUCCI PAID EMPLOYMENT IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND TO LIMIT DEVELOPMENT TO ASSIST PEOPLE IN FINDING PAID EMPLOYMENT BECOMING EMPLOYED OR BECOMING SELF- EMPLOYED ESTABLISHING THE MICRO ENTERPRISE BUSINESS OR THE TYPE OF COMPETITIVE EMPLOYMENT IN THEIR COMMUNITY. THE THIRD IS EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT SERVICES WHICH IS AN INDIVIDUALIZED SERVICE THAT SUPPORTS AND ASSIST THE INDIVIDUAL AFTER THEY GET A JOB TO MAINTAIN THE JOB AND CONTINUE TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE COMMUNITY. SECTIONS 1 AND 2 OF THE BILL WHEN YOU READ THAT ARE A LITTLE CONFUSING BUT WHAT THEY DO IS ADDRESS HOW THESE NEW EMPLOYMENT SERVICES WILL DIFFER FROM DAY TRAINING AND HAVE A PETITION TODAY IT’S BASICALLY THE D P S H STATUTE WITH IT CHANGES IT CLARIFIES THE ONE IT SERVICES WILL NOT BE PROVIDED AS A COMPONENT OF DP N.H. WILL BE A SEPARATE FUNDING CATEGORY SECTIONS 3 THROUGH 8 MAKE TECHNICAL CHANGES TO SUPPORT THE PROVISION OF THE NEW SERVICES AGAIN RELATED TO THE SEPARATION OF THE SERVICES FROM DATE TRAINING HUB OF A PATIENT SECTIONS 9 THROUGH 11 OF ONE COMPONENTS OF HOW THE RATES FOR THE NEW SERVICES WILL BE DETERMINED UNDER THE W R S OR THE DISABILITY WAIVER RATE SYSTEM AND THE 12TH AND FINAL SECTION OF THE BILL INSTRUCTS THE STATE OF MINNESOTA TO SEEK THE NECESSARY FEDERAL APPROVAL TO PROCEED WITH CREATING THESE NEW SERVICES THEY WOULD NEED BE APPROVED BY CMS AND THE STATE WAIVER PLAN THAT. WE KNOW THE STATE LEGISLATURE WILL BE FACED WITH DIFFICULT DECISIONS THIS SESSION AROUND HOW TO USE VERY LIMITED THE STATE FUNDS IN THE MOST COST-EFFECTIVE AND IMPACT FULL WAY WE HOPE YOU’LL DO THIS PARTICULAR PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND ALL THOSE YOU’D HEARD ABOUT TODAY IN THIS HEARING AS IMPORTANT AND TANGIBLE STEPS U.S. POLICYMAKERS TAKE TO MOVE OUR STATE FORWARD WE ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN THE SERVICE SAYS WITH SUPPORT MINNESOTANS WITH DISABILITIES TO HAVE MEANINGFUL AND MORE INDEPENDENT LIVES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES BASED ON THEIR OWN CHOICES ABOUT WHERE THEY’RE GOING TO LIVE AND LEARN TO WORK AND PLAY THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE TESTIMONY. >>THANK YOU SENATOR HOFFMAN >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR WITH THAT I THINK UNLESS ALEX BARTOLIC CARRY ONE FROM DHS FOR US TO CHIME IN ON THE THREE THINGS WE’RE TRYING TO ESTABLISH CHAIR WHICH IS CONSISTENT WITH WHAT’S GOING ON I WOULD LIKE TO SAY AD LIKE TO LAY SENATE FILE 1055 OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION. >>WE HAVE TO DISCUSS THIS SOME MORE I WOULD LIKE TO END THE DISCUSSION SINCE TIME IS GOING WELL WE’RE GOING TO DO A LOT OF WORK WITH D P S H AND B W R S IF YOU KNOW THOSE TERMS ARE YOU NOW NEED TO BE AT THIS MEETING. THESE WE’VE HAD THIS WORK GROUP IN THE TESTIFIERS HAVE BEEN PART OF THAT AS WELL AND MR. HOFFMAN. >>MR. CHAIR I DO I WISH WE HAD THE LAPEL MICROPHONES BECAUSE THIS REALLY IS POINTING OUT HOW INACCESSIBLE THIS IS LET ME BE UPSET NOW AS A GRAB THIS LACHAPELLE MICROPHONE WOULD BE EASY FOR HIM TO QUIT BOND. I NEEDED TO GET THEM OFF MY CHEST TO SAY THE BIG MICROPHONE COME OVER WHICH WE HAVE A LAPEL MICROPHONES THOSE LITTLE CLIP ON ONE’S. >>SENATOR HOFFMAN JUST SO YOU KNOW THESE MICROPHONES ARE A STEP UP MAYBE WE CAN TALK TO THE SERGEANT IT’S NOT OUR PAGES JOB THAT SHE HAD THAT MICROPHONE THANK YOU FOR HAVING AT. HELLO MR. CARDENAS WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE. >>MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS, THE MICROPHONES I HEAR THEY’RE SERVING THESE THINGS SO THEY GET SOME CHANGES THEY MAKE FOR IT ALONG TO HANDLE ON THAT. I WANTED TO COMMENT THE EMPLOYMENT IN THE SERVICE THAT WOULD COME ALONG WITH THIS IN THE YEARS I WAS GOING OUT IN THE FIELD DOING TRAINING EMPLOYMENT WAS SOMETHING ONE OF THE TOP ITEMS FOR MOST PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES WHEN I GET THERE WHEN MY GOING TO DO THAT WOULD BE OFFERED IN THIS BILL WOULD BE A STRONG STEP IN HELPING INDIVIDUALS WITH INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT DISABILITIES GET INTO THE COMMUNITY AND FIND EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN ENCLAVES BUT BE PART OF THE COMMUNITY IT’S ONE OF THE THINGS WERE ALWAYS WORKING FOR TO SEE THE STEPS WE HAVE TO TAKE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES TO BE PART OF A COMMUNITY AND THE INCLUSION IS ALWAYS THE KEY ELEMENT OF TRYING TO DO THAT. I WANT TO THANK SENATOR HOFFMAN FOR OFFERING THIS BILL AND THE PROGRAM AND THE COMMITTEE IF YOU CAN PASS A THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU AND SENATOR HOFFMAN TO THE MICROPHONE THING I APPRECIATE BRINGING THAT TO OUR ATTENTION IT SEEMS ALL THE COMMITTEES THIS IS A COMMITTEE THAT SHOULD HAVE THE LAPEL MICROPHONES. THAT’S MY CRACK CA TO MAKE THAT REQUEST TO THE SERGEANT TODAY OR TOMORROW THAT WE COULD GET THAT. SENATOR JENSEN. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR, SIR I WANT TO SAY THANK-YOU FOR POIGNANT COMMENTS. AND WATER TO SENTENCES WHEN YOU SPEAK ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT IS INCLUSION NOTHING MORE NEEDS TO BE SAID THANK YOU. >>MR. CARDENAS. >>THANK YOU I DID NOT SEE WHO THE SENATOR WAS, THE TERM IS THE IMPORTANT PART WE’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THE ACCESSIBILITY AND PHYSICAL ACCESS BILL IS ONE THING BUT PROGRAMMATIC ACCESSIBILITY IS ANOTHER THING AND EMPLOYMENT IS PART OF THE PROGRAMMATIC ACCESSIBILITY AND INCLUSION IS WHAT WE WANT THANK YOU. >>WE APPRECIATE YOU COMING DOWN. THE BILL TALKS ABOUT THREE AND ONE AND ACTIVITIES WHICH RESEMBLE THE GOVERNOR’S PROPOSAL THERE SOME DIFFERENCES MAY BE, MEANINGFUL OR BE FOR THE BALANCE OF TIME MRS. UBER YOU BEEN PART OF THE WORK GROUP SENATOR HOFFMAN AND SENATOR UTKE YOU COCHAIRED WITH SENATOR UTKE FOR MEETINGS ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT ARE FACING THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY WITH A COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES THE D W R S THE WAIVER RATE SETTING SYSTEM WHICH IS TURN EVERYTHING ON ITS HEAD AND THERE SOME BANDS WITHIN THE FUNDING THEY’RE ABOUT TO EXPIRE AND CAUSE GREAT CONCERN FROM THE PEOPLE WHO WORK IT DATE TRADING OF A STATION SITES AND ALSO COMING AT THE SAME TIME BY JULY 22ND EVERY PERSON IN THE DP N.H. HAS TO DECIDE IF THERE WANT TO BECOME PART OF THE WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT, IF THEY ANSWER THE QUESTION THAT ONE OF THE PART OF IT THAN THEY CAN’T GO TO THE PROGRAM IN ORDER TO SAY YES THEY THINK BY DOING SOMETHING OUTSIDE THE WALLS OF CASINO IT WILL CONTINUE ON THE. THIS IS GOING TO COME UP A BUNCH SO IF YOU COULD TAKE A MOMENT AND A U.S. SENATOR HOFFMAN IT WOULD INVOLVE SOME CASE BACK AND 8049 OR SOMETHING. MS. UBER IF YOU COULD OFFER YOUR THOUGHT AND LET SENATOR OFTEN FILLED IN WITH A HISTORY THAT WOULD BE USEFUL TO HELP THE COMMITTEE KNOW WERE GOING TO BE TAKING SOME ACTION BASED UPON THE WORK GROUPS USING A WATER BILLS AS A VEHICLE THE SENATOR UTKE BILL I WOULD APPRECIATE YOU COMING AND IF YOU CAN OFFER SOME TESTIMONY TO MAKE SURE THE COMMITTEE IS UP TO SPEED? >>MR. CHAIR ARE YOU ASKING FOR UP TO SPEED ON WHAT THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION OPPORTUNITY ACT IS AND WHAT IT’S BEEN TELLING? >>I THINK MOST MEMBERS HAVE NOT HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING PART OF THAT AND THE PROGRAM IS KIND OF NEW IF YOU COULD GET A COUPLE OF MINUTES PLEASE GO TO D T N.H. IN THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER AND HAVE PLENTY OF MONEY SORT OF AND THEY COULD GO THERE AND DO THEIR THING THAT MIGHT BE CHANGING IF YOU COULD TELL US WHAT WE’VE BEEN WORKING AT WHAT SOME SOLUTIONS ARE WHAT THE PROBLEM AS? >>MR. CHAIR THANKS FURTHER CLARIFICATION. COMMITTEE MEMBERS I WOULD SAY THIS IS A PIVOTAL TIME IN HISTORY NATIONALLY AND IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA ON WE HAD SEVERAL DIFFERENT POLICY STATEMENTS THAT ARE LINING UP TO ALEX BARTOLIC IS HERE SHE CAN SPEAK TO THIS AS WELL. WE HAVE SEVERAL DIFFERENT POLICY INITIATIVES ON THE FEDERAL AND STATE LEVEL TO IN SENT IMMIGRATION REFORM FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WE WENT THROUGH THE INSTITUTION WAS ASIAN AND WE GOT PEOPLE OUT OF INSTITUTIONS AND INTO GROUP BONDS AND INTO DATE TRAINING INHABITATION CENTERS THE NEXT PHASE OF THAT THE IMMIGRATION REFORM IS TO START MOVING PEOPLE INTO MORE INDIVIDUALIZED AND WOMEN AND LIVING SETTINGS THE WORKFORCE INNOVATION OPPORTUNITY ACT SAYS PEOPLE NEED TO BE GIVEN VERY GOOD INFORMATION AND INFORMED CHOICE ABOUT THEIR OPPORTUNITY TO WORK AND THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO VENT IF THEIR CHOOSING EMPLOYMENT WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO SUPPORT THEM IN AN EFFORT IF THEY’RE NOT USING EMPLOYMENT WILL MAKE SURE WE’RE BACK ON REGULAR BASIS THIS ANNUALLY TO CHECK IN WITH THEM AND GIVE THEM INTERMISSION AGAIN SEE IT AS ANYTHING ELSE THAT WANT TO DO DIFFERENTLY. ALEX BARTOLIC WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES CAN PROBABLY TALK MORE ABOUT THE HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SETTING ROLE IT SAYS WE NEED TO USE EIGHT CBS WAVERED WAIVERS AND ANALYSTS THE PROPER SETTING FOR PEOPLE I WILL ALSO HAVE THE OLMSTED PLAN IN MINNESOTA WHICH AS OF LOOKING AT HOW WE SUPPORT PEOPLE TO LIVE AND WORK IN INTEGRATED SETTINGS THE MINNESOTA EMPLOYMENT FIRST POLICY WHICH WAS ADOPTED AS PART OF THE MINNESOTA OLMSTED PLAN BUT OLMSTED SUBCABINET IN OCTOBER OR SEPTEMBER OF 2014 SAYS AND WHAT IT NEEDS TO BE THE FIRST CHOICE OR THE FIRST THING THAT PEOPLE ARE CONSIDERING FOUR DAYS SERVICES SO IT’S REALLY ABOUT TALKING TO PEOPLE THAT EMPLOYMENT IS AN OPTION FOR THEM AND EVEN PEOPLE WITH VERY SIGNIFICANT SUPPORT NEEDS WE CAN FIGURE OUT WAYS TO WRAP SUPPORT TO RUN PEOPLE AND HELP PEOPLE WORK IF THAT’S WHAT WANT TO BEFORE WE START TALKING TO THEM ABOUT OTHER MORE CENTER BASED DAY SERVICES. DOES THAT GET IT WHAT YOU WERE HOPING FOR? >>IT’S A START AND MISS BARTOLIC IS HERE AND WANT REMIND MEMBERS TO BEEN GETTING MAIL FROM PARENTS IN PARTICULAR THAT INDIVIDUALS SERVING IN THE PECCHIA MAGE INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICE SETTINGS THEY’VE BEEN TOLD BY AN CORRECTLY THAT THE RATES ARE LIKELY TO DROP 30% PLUS OR MINUS AN AIR FREIGHT SERVICES AREN’T GOING TO EXIST THAT’S THE DISCUSSION AND THE WORK GROUP MISS BARTOLIC AND SHE’S GOING TO COME UP WITH A SOLUTION TO MAKE SURE THIS ALL WORKS OUT AND WERE WORKING WITH HER TOWARDS THAT END ECKERSLEY AND OF THE DP N.H. INDEPENDENT LIVING PLACES ARE GETTING HIT THE WORST AND THE CARE FACILITIES AND CORPORATE HOMES ARE ACTUALLY BETTER OFF WHICH DEFINE TO BE TROUBLING BECAUSE THAT’S NOT PART OF WHERE WE WANT TO BE GOING WITH THAT SETTING WELCOME MISS BARTOLIC YOU CAN TAKE THAT WERE YOU WOULD LIKE. IT TELLS YOU WITH A PRETTY GOOD RELATIONSHIP GOING AND MISS BARTOLIC IF EVERY COMIC AND THERE BE NO NEED FOR OLMSTED BECAUSE THAT’S OUT, RESPECT SHE’S SHOWN FOR OF PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR I’M WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES AND WE ARE A CRITICAL TIME WHERE PEOPLE’S CHOICES, WE PAY FOR SERVICES THERE’S A NUMBER OF THINGS COMING TOGETHER WHEN DEED OR VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES IS TALKING WITH INDIVIDUALS THEIR PRIMARY FOCUS IS TO WORK WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT YET MAKING MINIMUM WAGE IN THE COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT BECAUSE THEY’RE THE ONES WHO CAN AUTHORIZE COMMENSURATE WAGE A TICKET TO SAY IT’S OK FOR YOU TO MAKE MINIMUM WAGE THERE SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE IN D T N.H. PROGRAMS TO DON’T WORK DON’T HAVE COMPETITIVE WORK FOR OTHER WORK THAT’S THOSE FOLKS CAN STILL BE THERE I THINK THE OPTIONS WE WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE IS THE OPTION TO WORK THE OPTION TO BE ABLE TO WORK FOR BUSINESS TO BE ABLE TO EARN MONEY TO HELP BRIDGE NOT A PARTY TO BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR COMMUNITIES IS AN IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY THESE THREE SERVICES ARE DESIGNED TO HELP WITH WE KNOW THAT WITH ALL OF THE RATE SYSTEMS WE’VE BEEN STRUGGLING WITH HOW DO YOU TRANSITION A SYSTEM HOW YOU TAKE A SYSTEM THAT’S BEEN BASED ON THE HISTORIC RATES THAT A BEEN BASED ON STAFFING RATIOS FOR PEOPLE BEING IN A BUILDING TO A SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS PEOPLE THE SUPPORTS TO BE ABLE TO BE IN THE COMMUNITY AND A POTENTIALLY FEWER PEOPLE BEING IN THE CENTER TO BE ABLE TO ALSO SUPPORT THAT. HAVE A NUMBER OF PROPOSALS IN THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET THAT HELP ADDRESS SOME OF THESE INDIVIDUALIZED SERVICES AND CERTAINLY THIS BILL IS ONE ALSO TO ASSURE PEOPLE THAT HAVE OPTIONS AND WILL NEED TO CONTINUE LOOKING AT HOW WE MANAGE THAT TRANSITION TO BE ABLE TO GO FOR IT I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAVE EVER TO GIVE HER A QUESTION YOU’D LIKE ME TO ADDRESS? >>I THINK THERE WAS HELPFUL I THINK SENATOR KIFFMEYER HAS A QUESTION, WHEN THERE’S TEACHABLE MOMENTS IF IT’S A MONTH FROM NOT WILL BE MARKING UP THE OMNIBUS BILL WITH LANGUAGE THAT’S MAYBE RESEMBLING SOME OF THIS AND THE MEMBERS THOSE OF THOSE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING IN THE WORKING GROUP OF BAD DEBT EXPOSURE IS THIS A GREAT DEAL OF FEAR AND MEMBERS WILL BE HEARING FROM THOSE CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE TERRIFIED AND WE’RE CLOSER TO IT WE’RE NUMB THEY LOOK TO US AND DO AS A SOLUTION SENATOR KIFFMEYER. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR. I REMEMBER HAVING SERVED ON H H S FOR A WHILE AND GOING TO MANY OF THESE HEARINGS ALSO REFLECT BACK HISTORICALLY THAT AT ONE TIME THE T M H WAS A NOVEL PROGRESSES OF SYSTEM CHANGE IT WAS VERY DRAMATIC AND THE CHALLENGE NOW IS D A T AND EIGHT HAS BECOME THE STATUS QUO AND NOW THROUGH OLMSTED WERE IN ANOTHER TRANSFORMATIONAL TIME WHERE WE NEED TO GRADUATE FOLKS AND IT’S EASY TO GET STUCK IN WHAT IS MAYBE A VARIETY OF THINGS IN THE MIDST OF ALL AT ARE THESE PEOPLE WHO VERY MUCH DESIRED AND WANT TO GRADUATE THEY WANT TO MOVE TO THAT WE’RE KIND OF CAUGHT IN THAT SITUATION OF DOING THAT AND THAT TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE IS DIFFICULT ESPECIALLY FROM THE ONE AND NOW IS THE STATUS QUO AND WE’RE MOVING FORWARD OLMSTED MANDATES WE DO THIS AND THAT’S PROBABLY WHY BECAUSE IT ALMOST BECAME THE NEW VERSION OF THE INSTITUTION AT ONE TIME WE LEFT HERE WE ARE AND I THINK THE QUESTION I HAVE FOR YOU IS I WOULD SUSPECT THIS BARTOLIC KNOWING YOUR PREVIOUS ACTIVITIES THAT WERE KIND OF IN A SITUATION OF TRANSITIONING IS THAT THE KIND OF WORK YOU’RE DOING IN HELPING MAKING SURE WE DO TRANSITION I THINK IT IS VERY IMPORTANT OF RESPECT FOR THE PEOPLE THAT WE CARE A LOT ABOUT BUT THAT MEANS WERE GOING HAVE TO HAVE A CHANGE IS THAT PART OF WHAT YOU’RE DOING IN YOUR WORK SOMETIMES TRANSITION TAKES TIME BUT I SAY WHAT THE COURT WILL SAY WERE IMPATIENT WITH ALL THIS TIME WE WANT THINGS GETTING DOWN CAN YOU ADDRESS IS THAT WHAT WE’RE WORKING ON IS MAKING THAT TRANSITION? >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND SENATOR THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WERE IN IS A TRANSITION NO ONE WANTS SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO WORK TO NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK AND WE NEED THESE NEW SERVICES IN ORDER TO GO ON WE ALSO KNOW PROVIDERS OFTEN HAVE A LOT OF INNOVATIVE IDEAS THEY KNOW DIFFERENT WAYS OF SUPPORTING PEOPLE AND THE INNOVATION GRANTS YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT EARLIER ARE IMPORTANT WAYS OF PROVIDERS HELPING US UNDERSTAND HOW THEY CAN CHANGE THEIR SERVICES WE ALSO KNOW SOME OF THE FACTORS THAT MAKE IT CHALLENGING ARE THINGS THAT ARE NOT NECESSARILY DIRECTLY RESULT OF THE SERVICE BUT IT’S TRANSPORTATION IF A PROVIDER DOES NOT DRIVE A PERSON TO WORK WE OFTEN IN MANY PARTS OF OUR STATE DON’T HAVE TRANSPORTATION TO HELP THEM GET THERE SO WE NEED TO BREAK OUT FOR THE DIFFERENT COMPONENTS SO LONG WITH THAT THE SENATE WORK GROUP WE’VE BEEN WORKING WITH A GROUP OF STAKEHOLDERS TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT HAVE TO GET IN PLACE AND ONE OF THEM IS WE PROBABLY NEED TO SEPARATE THE PROVIDER WHO DOES MANY DIFFERENT SERVICES INCLUDING DATE TRAINING AND A DILATATION AND EMPLOYMENT AND THINK ABOUT WHAT ARE THOSE SERVICES AND A MIGHT BE WE NEED TO DEFINE A NEW SERVICE WE NEED TO DEFINE THE NEXT VERSION OF THE TEA N.H. TO BETTER ARTICULATE WHAT IT’S GOING TO TAKE AND ALSO WHAT IS THE SERBS LOOK LIKE AND WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO SUPPORT THAT WERE IN A TRANSITION WE DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO BE HURT WE NEED TO LEARN FROM SOME OF THE EXPERIMENTS WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DOING HOW TO BEST MAKE THOSE CHANGES. >>SENATOR HOFFMAN. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR IT’S A GREAT CONVERSATION I THINK WHAT SENATOR KIFFMEYER THE OPTIONS OUT THERE IN BIG LAKE MILLE LACS IF SOME GREAT ORGANIZATION SAID BEEN AROUND 50 YEARS AGO WHEN WE A PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES LIVING IN STATE INSTITUTIONS THE USE THE WORD MAINSTREAM THE SAME THING THAT WAS USED IN THE EDUCATION WORLD AND YES I WILL GIVE A LITTLE HISTORICALLY NEW. I WILL I KNOW SENATOR UTKE HAD A FOLLOW-UP QUESTION IF YOU WANTED TO GO TO BAT FIRST? I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT REALIZE ONE OF THE THINGS WERE GOING TO BE CHALLENGED WITH IS THE COLLIDING SYSTEMS THAT ARE GOING TO BE OUT THERE YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO REHABILITATION IN DEED AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES AND YOU HAVE SOMETIMES TO SCORING TO BE INTERAGENCY DISCUSSIONS THAT MAY NOT NECESSARILY MATCH BECAUSE THERE’S AN INTENT TO DO ONE THING AND DECIDING FACTOR TO DO ANOTHER AND SOMETIMES THOSE TWO SYSTEMS MIGHT COLLIDE SOME STARTING TO SEE THE LITTLE HERE WERE INTERTWINING W I O EIGHT WHICH WITH EIGHT CBS AND BY THAT IN AND OF ITSELF YET TO BE PRETTY WONKY TO UNDERSTAND THE OTHER THING WITH THAT IS THE WORD INFORMED CHOICE THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS WERE GOING TO HAVE TO LEARN HOW WE’RE GOING TO DEFINE THAT AND HAVE A DEFINITION OF INFORMED CHOICE THAT BECOMES INTANGIBLE TO WORK TO DO IT ALSO HAS TO BE IMPLEMENTED WITHIN YOUR ORGANIZATIONS THEY’RE WORKING AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED 50 YEARS AGO SPECIAL MINIMUM WAGE WAS SET UP AS A RESPONSE TO INCENTIVIZE BUSINESSES TO HIRE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND REMEMBER THE INSTITUTIONAL PAY RATE THAT WAS GOING BACK THEN THE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WORKING ON FARMS MAKING 25¢ A MONTH PICKING POTATOES AND IT DOESN’T SEEM THAT LONG AGO DR. WICKED IF YOU GO TO THE GOVERNOR’S WEBSITE YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THOSE STORIES THAT ARE STILL THERE. I WOULD HOPE WE KEEP THIS CONVERSATION GOING AS WE TALK ABOUT INCLUSION AND THE PARADIGM SHIFT THEIR TO SAY WHAT’S IMPORTANT BUT THE INCLUSION DOES IS START WITH DATE TRAINING AND A PETITION THAT HAS TO START IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM AS WELL WE STILL HAVE THOSE CHILDREN THAT ARE BEING EDUCATED IN THE SEGREGATED SETTING NOT BECAUSE OF UNIQUE IN INDIVIDUALIZED NEEDS BECAUSE AGAIN INFORMED TAURUS THAT COMES WITH INTENT IN THE INDIVIDUALIZED NEEDS BUT BECAUSE OF SOME ADMINISTRATIVE CONVENIENCE AS I WOULD HOPE RALL THINKING IN THE BIGGER PICTURE ON ALL THE SYSTEM’S GOING TO LOOK BECAUSE A LOT OF MOVING TARGETS OUT THERE AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR LETTING SENATE FILE 1055 BE HEARD IN THIS DISCUSSION WE’VE HAD WITH THE WORKER IT’S BEEN GOOD. >>THANKS AND I REPLAY A LITTLE WITH YOU AND BY THE COMMENTS MADE FOR SPECIAL WELL SET UP BY THOSE WHO PRECEDED YOU SO THAT PEOPLE COULD UNDERSTAND THE THE YOUR ” ASSISTORS AND SENATOR UTKE IT’S TO OUR BENEFIT SENATOR UTKE. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR. PART OF WHAT WAS GOING TO COME IT WAS BACK ON YOUR COMMENTS AND SOME OF THIS HAS BEEN COVERED TO THE CONVERSATIONS WHICH CONTINUE TO BUILD A FILE. IT BACKS UP TO THE TRANSITION AND SOME OF THE UNKNOWNS AND THINGS AND THE FEAR PROVIDERS AND NOT SURE WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO GET ABOUT THE REDUCTIONS AND FEEDBACK WERE GETTING OUR WE GOING TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE AND THE CLIENTS I WAS WITH SOME ONE THIS WEEKEND IF THE SENATE ONCE THEY SAY IT 30 OR 40 TIMES I LOVE MY JOB I DON’T WANT TO LOSE IT SO IT’S BALANCING ALL THOSE THINGS WITH PROVIDERS AND CLIENTS WORKING WITH HERE. >>THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP ON THAT ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS I APPRECIATE THE DISCUSSION IS JUST ONE QUESTION MISS BARTOLIC IT YOU KNOW THIS COMMITTEE DIDN’T TALK TO THE STAFF IS THEIR DEFINITION OF INFORMED CHOICE THAT YOU COULDN’T GET SOME POINTERS AT THE TABLE, >>MR. CHAIR WE DO OF OIL A DEFINITION OF INFORMED CHOICE THERE WAS NEGOTIATED THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE OLMSTED PLAN WE’VE BEEN USING THIS ACROSS STATE AGENCIES WE’VE BEEN USING IT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DEED AND HUMAN SERVICES TO TRY TO SAY HOW WOULD TO OPERATIONAL IS THIS AND WE TESTED TO SEE HOW WELL TEACHERS AND COUNSELORS AND COUNTY CASE MANAGERS CAN THEY USE THE SAME PROCESS AND GET TO A SIMILAR ANSWER WE WILL BE HAPPY TO PROVIDE THAT TO YOU. >>THAT’S MOST IMPORTANT SENATOR HOFFMAN HAS THAT. >>MR. CHAIR AT THIS IS THE 1998 AMENDMENT TO THE REACTOR BROUGHT THIS UP ITS SUPER GROUPER LONG DISTANCE SOME REWORKING BUT IT ADDS FOR USING ITS WE SHOULD PROBABLY HAVE A SERIOUS CONVERSATION NOW, PUT A BETTER DEFINITION OF AN INFORMED CHOICE THAT’S ABLE TO BE IMPLEMENTED. >>AND TO COMMEND DAKOTA COUNTY FOR THEIR HELP ON THE WORK GROUP AND LEADERSHIP AND A LOT OF THE AREAS WERE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH MRS. LUGAR WITH YOUR TITLE AGAIN? >>MR. CHAIR ON THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL SERVICES IN DAKOTA COUNTY I FORGOT TO SAY WHEN I STARTED ALSO TESTIFYING ON BEHALF OF MIKE AND THE MINNESOTA ENTER COUNTY AGENCY. >>THANK YOU AS A COUNTY STAFF THERE ON THE GROUND AND CONDIMENT THE THINGS WE PASS ONCE UPON A TIME THAT MISS BARTOLIC HAS TO IMPLEMENT THE STATE LEVEL SO THIS IS A COLLAGE OF THE THREE LEVELS OF STATE GOVERNMENT THE STATE DIRECTED COUNTY IMPLEMENTED AND MR. GUBER WOULD YOU DO ME A FAVOR AND KEEP TALKING YOUR COLLEAGUES SEE IF WE COULD MAKE THAT DEFINITION ABOUT A THIRD AS LONG? MISS BARTOLIC IT THIS WAY HAVE A PRACTICAL ONE THAT HAS LESS CHANCE FOR APPAREL THAT WOULD BE AWESOME THIS IS BEEN A GOOD DISCUSSION SENATOR OFTEN THE LAST WORD? >>THINK MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS I APPRECIATE A CONVERSATION IT’S GOOD WORK. >>SENATE FILE 1055 IS LAID OVER AND THERE’S ONE MORE BILL SENATOR HOFFMAN. I A PROJECT TO THE COMMITTEE BEARING WITH ME ON THIS DISCUSSION IS IMPORTANT IT WILL HELP LATER. SENATOR HOFFMAN YOU HAVE ANOTHER BILL. >>MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS SENATE FILE 1065 I HAVE TWO TESTIFIERS TO JOIN ME IN FRONT OF YOU BEFORE I GOING TO WHAT THIS IS THERE’S GOING TO BE AN AUTHOR’S AMENDMENT THE EIGHT-ONE AMENDMENT AND THEN AFTER THAT WAS DRAFTED THE COMMITTEE STAFF SAID THERE’S A CALCULATION HE NEEDS TO FIX AND WE CAN DO THAT AS AN ORAL AMENDMENT SO WE CAN SAVE A TREE WITH THAT MEMBERS THE A ONE AMENDMENT IS IN FRONT OF YOU AND MR. MONAHAN CAN’T TELL US THE ORAL AMENDMENT THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDED THAT WOULD BE FINE. >>I GOT HANDED THE GAVEL. GO AHEAD WITH THE ORAL AMENDMENT TO THE A ONE AMENDMENT. >>MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS THE ORAL AMENDMENT WOULD BEGIN ON PAGE 2 OF THE A ONE AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT WOULD BE TO DELETE LINE AND ON LINE 3 AND INSERT LIVE IN ALSO ON LINE 3 PAGE 2 DELETE DESCRIBING AND INSERT DESCRIBED. TWO LINES DOWN PAGE TO LINE 5 DELETE POSITION AND INSERT POSITIVE. >>I MISSED THAT LAST ONE COULD YOU REPEAT THAT PLEASE? >>YES MR. CHAIR PAGE TO LINE 5, DELETE THE WORD POSITION AND INSERT POSITIVE. >>THANK YOU. >>MR. CHAIR I’M SORRY I MISSED THE FIRST ONE. >>I WILL START OVER. PAGE TWO LINE 3, DELETE LINE AND A HYPHENATED WORD AND INSERT LIVE IN. ALSO ON LINE 3 DELETE THE WORD DESCRIBING AND INSERT THE WORD DESCRIBED. FINALLY ON PAGE 2 LINE 5 DELETE POSITION AND INSERT POSITIVE. >>THANK YOU. >>IN THE INTEREST OF BREVITY WE NEED TO REMOVE IN AND REPLACE IT I THINK ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS LIVE IN THIS DELETE LINE AND PUT IN A WORD LIVE? >>MR. CHAIR SENATOR TECHNICALLY LIVE-IN IS ONE WORD IT NEEDS TO BE DELETED AND REPLACED WITH I’M SORRY LINE AND IT IS ONE WORD IN THESE TO BE REPLACED WITH LIVE-IN TWO WORDS. >>ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS ON THIS OTHERWISE THE MOTION TO APPROVE THE A ONE AMENDMENT AS AMENDED? SENATOR HOFFMAN MOVES THE A ONE AMENDMENT ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE, THANK YOU. SENATE OFTEN YOU MAY CONTINUE. >>THANK YOU MR. CHARREN MEMBERS WILL MOST PADDLE LITTLE AND/OR CAUSE THERE THAT STOPPED A CERTAIN BILL FOR MAKING IT THROUGH THAT WAS FUNDED BY THE WAY SAN. IT FILE 1065 WE’RE TALKING ABOUT CBS COULDN’T COMMUNITY SUPPORT CHANGES THIS PROGRAM THE CDC S CONSUMER DIRECTED COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAM HAS BEEN AROUND FOR ABOUT 15 YEARS AS A CRITIC OF CONSUMER CHOICE OPTION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WHO RECEIVED A MEDICAL ASSISTANCE WAIVER SORE BACK INTO THE WAIVER CONVERSATION THE CDC HAS PROGRAM ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS TO DIRECT YOUR OWN CARE CHOOSE THE COST- EFFECTIVE SERVICES THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY TAILORED TO THEIR OWN NEEDS AND ALLOW FOR SOME CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO STAFFING SHORTAGES THAT PLAGUE OUR INDUSTRY. WHILE THE CDC HAS PROGRAM COSTS MUCH LESS AND ALSO PLACES STRICT BUDGET CONSTRAINTS UPON THE CONSUMERS THAT USE THE PROGRAM THE BUDGET CAP THAT’S COMMONLY KNOWN IS RESTRICTIVE AND IT PREVENTS MANY PEOPLE WHO MAY OTHERWISE USE AN EFFECTIVE PROGRAM FROM ENROLLING IN STEAD MANY STAY ON A MORE EXPENSIVE TRADITIONAL WAIVER AND RECEIVE LESS CUSTOMIZED CARE AND SERVICE. THIS IS REFORMING ITS FINEST AND WITH ME IS THERE BROUGHT BILLY FROM CHASKA AND STEVE LARSEN FROM ARC MINNESOTA I BELIEVE DEBORAH WILL GO FIRST. >>WELCOME PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD AND CONTINUE WITH TESTIMONY. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS I LIVE IN CHASKA, CADI WAIVER I’M HERE TO TESTIFY IN FAVOR OF SENATE FILE 1065 TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE CONSUMER DIRECTED COMMITTEE SUPPORTS. I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE MORE CONTROL AND MORE CHOICES WITH REGARD TO MY CARE AND SERVICES. HAVE A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AS A RESULT OF A CAR CRASH I WAS ON MY WAY TO WORK IN JANUARY 2012 AND LOST CONTROL OF MY CAR AFTER I HIT A PATCH OF ICE I SPENT THE NEXT YEAR RELEARNING HOW TO WALK TALK USE A KNIFE AND FORK, OWN SHOES READ A BOOK PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING IN LIFE. I STILL LIVE WITH SIGNET IMPAIRMENT IN VISUAL PROCESSING PLANNING AND DECISION MAKING AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT AS WELL AS OTHER DEFICITS. THERE’S SEVERAL REASONS I SUPPORT THE CDC S AT LIKE TO SHARE A FEW OF THOSE WITH YOU. WHILE I DO WANT MORE CHOICES I’M NOT ABLE TO TAKE AND SIGNIFICANTLY MORE RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERALL MANAGEMENT OF MY SERVICES. WHILE I BELIEVE I’LL BE ABLE TO GET SOME OF MY SERVICES AND SUPPLIES AT A LOWER COST UNCONCERNED ABOUT SIGNIFICANT BUDGET REDUCTION AND I WOULD FACE UNDER CURRENT LAW I WOULD TAKE A 30% REDUCTION IN MY CURRENT WAIVER BUDGET TO GET ON C D C S I BELIEVE THIS APPROACH DISCOURAGES INDEPENDENCE AND FOSTER’S PATERNALISM. I WOULD LIKE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF MY RIGHTS AND MY OPTIONS UNDER THE WAIVER PROGRAM WILL NOT EXPRESSED HIS DESIRE IN THE PAST I’VE BEEN ASKED TO IDENTIFY SPECIFIC PROBLEM TO BE ADDRESSED OR BEEN TOLD CDC S WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR SITUATION WITH THE HELP OF A SUPPORT PLANNER I BELIEVE THE CDC S WOULD BE VERY APPROPRIATE FOR MY SITUATION. I WOULD LIKE MORE CONTROL IN CHOOSING CARE GIVERS WITH WHOM I WORK WELL AND I’D LIKE AN EASY WAY TO ADDRESS ISSUES WITH CARE GIVERS. I WOULD LIKE MORE FLEXIBILITY IN SCHEDULING CAREGIVERS OUT LIKE THE FLEXIBILITY TO ARRANGE CHANGES DIRECTLY WITH THE CARE GIVER WHEN HOLIDAYS THE PROMISE OF A SCHEDULING CONFLICTS OCCUR ARE WHEN IT SIMPLY LIKE TO ARRANGE A PARTICULAR ALL THE MORE ACTIVITY. I LIKE TO ENCOURAGE MORE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN CARE GIVERS CURRENTLY THIS IS NOT PERMITTED BECAUSE OF PRIVACY CONCERNS AND COMPANY POLICIES. I ALSO LIKE TO SHARE TO SPECIFIC EXAMPLES OF ISSUES THAT I’VE RECENTLY HAD WITH CAREGIVERS, INDEPENDENT LIVING A WORKER WHO TYPICALLY COMES TWICE A WEEK WAS UNABLE TO COME FOR 11 WEEKS LAST YEAR BECAUSE OF A LAPSE IN THE COMPANY’S LICENSE. THIS CAUSED A SIGNIFICANT DISRUPTION IN MY LIFE AND SOMETHING I BELIEVE COULD OF BEEN AVOIDED HAD BEEN ON CDC S. I OF WEEKLY SKILLED NURSING VISITS ONE OF THE THINGS IN THIS HOUSE ME TIME MANAGE MY CHRONIC CONDITIONS CONSISTENCY IS VERY AND EFFORT IS IMPORTANT TO ME DURING A RECENT SEVEN MONTHS TIME I WORKED WITH EIGHT DIFFERENT NURSES I NEED MORE CONSISTENT CARE IN ORDER TO BE SUCCESSFUL WHEN I COMPLAINED TO THE COMPANY THEY PROMISE TO IMPROVE CONSISTENCY THEY DID NOT HAVE MEANT TO ASK MY CASE MANAGER FOR HELP TO CHANGE PROVIDERS IN ORDER TO RESOLVE THE SITUATION AGAIN THIS IS ANOTHER CHALLENGE OF LEE COULD OF BEEN AVOIDED HAVE BEEN ABLE TO UTILIZE THE CDC S. STUDIES AT DOCUMENT HIGH LEVEL OF SATISFACTION FOR INDIVIDUALS ON CDC S COULD ALSO SHOWN STAFF TURNOVER IS REDUCED BECAUSE MORE OF THE BUDGET GOES TO PAY HIGHER WAGES FOR STAFF SOME ASKING YOU PLEASE PASS SENATE FILE 1065 SO INDIVIDUALS LIKE ME CAN HAVE GREATER CONTROL OVER SERVICES AND SUPPORTS TO THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PERSONAL TESTIMONY IN DESCRIBING YOUR SITUATION WE APPRECIATE YOU COMING FORWARD. ANY QUESTIONS FOUR MISS BAILEY? IF NOT WILL GO ON TO THE NEXT TESTIFIER IS STEVE LARSEN WELCOME PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD AND CONTINUE. >>MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS ON THE PUBLIC POLICY DIRECTOR FOR THE ARC MINNESOTA WE ADVOCATE FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES I WANT TO THANK YOU DEBORAH FOR TESTIFYING TODAY SHE DID SO VOLUNTEERING TO DO THIS SHE CAME HERE ON METRO MOBILITY WE HAVE OFFERED HER RIGHTS BUT SHE WANTS TO BE INDEPENDENT SO INTENT TODAY IS TO HOP ON THE LIGHT RAIL GODOWN TO THE MALL OF AMERICA STAY OVERNIGHT WITH A FRIEND UNTIL MATRA MOBILITY CAN PICARA BECAUSE IT DOESN’T WANT LATE ENOUGH TONIGHT. SHE STILL MAKES THE RIDE HOME BUT THAT’S HOW IMPORTANT COMING TO TESTIFY WAS TO DEBRA SAW WANT TO THANK HER FOR HER EFFORT IN DOING THIS. CONSUMER DIRECTED COMMITTEE SUPPORTS AS SENATOR HOFFMAN SAID IS BEEN AROUND FOR OVER 15 YEARS IT’S A SERVICE UNDER OUR WAIVER PROGRAMS AND THERE’S 38,000 INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ARE WAIVERS NOW. 5000 PEOPLE ARE CHOOSING CONSUMER DIRECTED COMMITTEE SUPPORTS BECAUSE OF A GREAT FLEXIBILITY IN OFFERS DESPITE THE 30% DISCOUNT THEY HAVE TO TAKE IN THEIR BUDGETS THE MAJORITY OF THE 5000 PEOPLE ARE CHILDREN BECAUSE THE 30% DISCOUNT FOR FAMILIES THEY’RE WILLING TO DO THAT FOR THEIR INDIVIDUAL BUDGETS BECAUSE OF THE INDIVIDUALIZED AND CUSTOMIZE SERVICES THEY CAN ARRANGE FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND THE FLEXIBILITY THEY HAVE IN BRINGING CAREGIVERS INCLUDING THE ABILITY TO PAY CAREGIVERS AT HIGHER RATES. BUT FOR ADULTS WHEN THEY TURN 21 THE 30% DEDUCTION THEY RECEIVE THEY WOULD GET A WISE ON FORMAL SERVICES IS PROHIBITIVE TO MANY OF THOSE DULL CLOTH COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES IN A MORE FORMALIZED SERVICES IN ORDER TO GET THE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT THEY NEED FOR EMPLOYMENT OR DEPROGRAMS OR INDIVIDUALIZED HOUSING. THIS LEGISLATION ATTEMPTS TO FIX THAT PARTICULAR PROBLEM CDC S GIVES INDIVIDUALS AN ANNUAL INDIVIDUALIZED BUDGETS THEY AGREE UPON A SUPPORT PLAN WITH THE COUNTY DAY ARE HELD A HIGHLY ACCOUNTABLE FOR HOW THEY SPEND THEIR MONEY BY WORKING WITH FISCAL SUPPORT ENTITY BUT IN THE AND HAVE GREATER FLEXIBILITY ON HOW THEY CAN ARRANGE SERVICES SO THAT’S WHY 5000 PEOPLE ARE UTILIZING THAT SERVICE. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ATTEMPT TO BREAK DOWN SOME BARRIERS THAT EXIST SO THAT 10 OR 20 OR 30,000 MINNESOTANS ON DISABILITIES WILL BE ABLE TO ACCESS CONSUMER DIRECTED COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES AND BENEFITS IT ASK THE THREE CHANGES WE’RE RECOMMENDING IS FIRST CHANGE IN THE BUDGET METHODOLOGY AND THIS CALLS FOR WORK GROUP TO BE ESTABLISHED TO DEVELOP A LONG-RANGE BUDGET METHODOLOGY BASED ON THE LATEST IN PERMISSION WE HAVE FROM RIGHT RESOURCES INCLUDING MEN CHOICES AND OTHER STATEWIDE ASSESSMENTS THAT ARE GOING TOWARD. IT ALSO CALLS FOR AN EXCEPTION PROCESS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES WHO HAVE BEEN TOLD THEY SHOULD BE DISCHARGED FROM AN INSTITUTION SUCH AS ST. PETER OR ANOKA OR NIGHT C F R FOUR OTHER INSTITUTIONS IN THEIR DISCHARGE PLAN HASN’T IMPLEMENTED AFTER 60 DAYS THIS WE WOULD THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO CONSUMER DIRECTED COMMITTEE SUPPORTS A HIGHER MONTHLY INTO THOSE INDIVIDUALS BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY WHEN I WANT TO BE AND ALSO AN EXCEPTION PROCESS FOR INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE CURRENTLY ON CONSUMER DIRECTED COMMUNITY SUPPORTS THAT WANT TO LIVE IN A MORE INDEPENDENT HOUSING OR INDIVIDUALIZED HOUSING SITUATION OR WANT MORE INDIVIDUALIZED EMPLOYMENT AND THIS MIGHT ALSO ATTRACT SOME PEOPLE ON THE WAY TO BUT NOT ON CDC ASKED TO TRACK BACK PROGRAM WE FEEL STRONGLY TO MAKE THESE CHANGES THIS WILL MAKE THE PROGRAM MUCH MORE CONDUCIVE TO MEETING THE NEEDS OF A GREATER NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON OUR WAIVER PROGRAMS I WANT TO WRAP UP BY SAYING ON ALL FOR THE BILLS THAT WE’RE HEARING TODAY THE ARC MINNESOTA STRONGLY SUPPORTS THEM WITH AN ESSAY HOUSING ASSISTANCE THIS IS BEEN A VERY POSITIVE PROGRAM FOR A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ARC MINNESOTA AS HAD A GRANT FROM THE PERMIT HIM SERVICES FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS AND WE’VE HELPED 1800 PEOPLE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES FIND HOUSING OF THEIR OWN AND ONE OF THE COMPONENTS THAT’S BEEN THE MS A HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND ITS RATE OF INCREASE THAT AMOUNT WOULD BE ABOUT HOW MANY MORE THAN THE 1800 WE’VE ALREADY FOUND AND THIS HAS TO BE HOUSING WHICH THE NAME IS ON A LEASE WHERE ONE OF THE OUT RECIPIENTS OF THE INCENTIVE POOL DOLLARS OF A PROGRAM CALLED THE WORKING LIFE WHICH WERE GETTING STARTED WHICH WILL WORK WITH 350 PEOPLE INDIVIDUALS TO FIND EMPLOYMENT OF THEIR OWN THAT. WE’VE BEEN VERY INVOLVED IN THE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES LEGISLATION AND CONVENING THAT GROUP IN LOOKING AT IMPLEMENTING THESE THREE NEW EMPLOYMENT SERVICES IN ADDITION I THINK THE CONSUMER DIRECTED COMMITTEE SUPPORTS WRAPS THIS UP BY EMPOWERING INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE CONTROL OVER THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO THEM TO DEVELOP CUSTOMIZED SERVICES THEY NEED TO HAVE THE MOST INDEPENDENT LIFE THAT THEY CAN’T. HOPE YOU’LL SUPPORT SENATE FILE 1065. >>THANK YOU MR. LARSEN. ANY COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMITTEE? HEARING NONE OF SEEING ANY FINAL WORDS SENATOR HOFFMAN? >>RANKU MR. CHAIR WE’RE ASKING FOR THE DEVELOPING A BUDGET METHODOLOGY NUMBER TO EXPANDING THE BUDGET EXTENSION FOR PEOPLE BETTER USING INDIVIDUALIZED EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING AND POSITIVE BEHAVIOR PLANS AND NO. 3 THE CREATION OF THE LIMITED BUDGET CAP EXCEPTION WITHIN THAT THAT’S COST NEUTRAL BECAUSE THE BUDGET AMOUNT CANNOT EXCEED WHAT THE COST SERVICES ARE IN THE TRADITIONAL WAIVER WOULD COST THESE THREE IMPORTANT FACTORS YOU HEARD FROM MS. BAILEY ABOUT IF SHE HAD THOSE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO HER OF HER LIFE COULD BE DIFFERENT WITHOUT IT SO THANK YOU MR. CHAIR. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, AND IT FILE 1065, >>I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THIS BILL I PRITCHETT THE INNOVATION MISS BAILEY IS SEEKING MR. RUTZEN DIDN’T GET TO TESTIFY TODAY. I HOPE PEOPLE CAN BREATHE IDEAS THAT ARE INNOVATIVE AND THINK TENURES OUT BECAUSE THE FUTURE IS ONE OF THE COMING ALONG ITS OUR JOBS THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU SENATOR ABELER AT THIS POINT THAN SENATE FILE 1065 AS AMENDED WILL BE LAID OVER FOR CONSIDERATION THANK YOU. SEEING NO FURTHER ACTION BEFORE THE COMMITTEE THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED. WE WILL RECONVENE ON WEDNESDAY THE 22ND.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *