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In this section, find COVID-19 resources geared toward families of children with disabilities.

Many programs have new temporary changes due to COVID-19 and recent legislation. 

Get paid to be your child's direct support worker

Normally, a parent can't be paid to provide PCA program services, but this is being temporarily allowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent legislation.

From December 1, 2020, through February 7, 2021, parents, stepparents, legal guardians and spouses can be paid to provide services to a minor child or spouse.

To be your child's worker, you must meet the same requirements as other PCA workers. For example, a person who is the responsible party for their child or spouse can't also be the worker. If this applies in your case, you would need to select an alternate responsible party. Your child's PCA agency can help you make this change.

For questions or to get started on the enrollment process, contact your child's PCA agency to complete the enrollment process.

Visit the Minnesota Department of Human Services to learn more about PCA services for children.

8.4 percent increase for PCA services

The Minnesota Department of Human Services will temporarily provide an 8.4 percent rate increase to PCA agencies for direct support services. The temporary increase will be effective December 1, 2020 and will expire on Feb. 7, 2021.

The provider agency must use this additional revenue for specific purposes, which include direct support worker wages and personal protective equipment.

You do not need to do anything related to this change and you can contact your child’s PCA agency with questions.

IEP/IFSP PCA change

This bulletin change allows schools to be paid by Medical Assistance for Individual Education Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP) PCA services provided in your child’s home, if it is part of your child’s school IEP or IFSP plan.

Schools can offer IEP/IFSP PCA services in your child’s home to help with distance learning, if it is determined safe, staff is available and it is in your child’s plan. If your child is distance learning, you can contact your child’s school and ask for a team meeting to discuss if IEP/IFSP PCA services in your home is an option. 

Contact your child’s school with any questions about school supports.

Change to the 40 hour per week limitation for parents of minors

Normally, parents can't be paid to provide Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS) to their child for more than 40 hours per week, but this will be temporarily allowed due the COVID-19 pandemic. DHS will temporarily lift the 40 hour per week limit for parents of minors.

This will allow one or both parents of minors to provide more than 40 hours per week of services, within your child’s CDCS budget, regardless of the number of parents, number of children using CDCS or number of households.

Contact your child’s county or tribal case manager to make any needed changes to your child’s CDCS plan to participate in this change or for help with questions.

Get an 8.4 percent increase

The Minnesota Department of Human Services will temporarily provide an 8.4 percent rate increase for Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS) budgets. The temporary increase will be effective December 1, 2020 and will expire on Feb. 7, 2021.

The additional funds must be used for specific purposes which include wages, salaries and benefits for direct support workers and personal protective equipment.

Contact your child’s Financial Management Services (FMS) provider to create a distribution plan. A distribution plan will let your FMS provider know how you would like to distribute the additional funds.

Your FMS provider can help you with the process and any questions.

Change to the 40 hour per week limitation for parents of minors

Normally, Counties and Tribal Nations have CSG policy that parents can't be paid to provide supports to their child for more than 40 hours per week, but this will be temporarily allowed due the COVID-19 pandemic. Counties and Tribal Nations will temporarily lift the 40-hour per week limit for parents of minors.

This will allow one or both parents of minors to provide more than 40 hours per week of services, within your child’s CSG budget, regardless of the number of parents, number of children using CSG or number of households.

Contact your child’s CSG contact to make any needed changes to your child’s CSG plan to participate in this change or for help with questions. 

Get an 8.4 percent increase

The Minnesota Department of Human Services will temporarily provide an 8.4 percent rate increase for Consumer Support Grant (CSG) budgets. The temporary increase will be effective December 1, 2020 and will expire on Feb. 7, 2021.

These funds must be used for specific purposes which include direct support worker wages and personal protective equipment.

Contact your child’s Financial Management Services (FMS) provider to create a distribution plan. A distribution plan will let your FMS provider know how you would like to distribute the additional funds.

Your FMS provider can help you with the process and any questions.

Change to the 40 hour per week limitation for parents of minors eligible for the hardship waiver for nursing services

The Minnesota Department of Human Services will temporarily lift the 40 hour per week limit for parents of minors. This will allow one or both parents of minors to provide more than 40 hours per week of nursing service, within your child’s budget, regardless of the number of parents, number of children using nursing or number of households.

Contact your child’s home care agency to make any needed changes to your child’s plan to participate in this change or for help with questions.