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

Vaccine safety

Children and youth with specialized health needs and disabilities may be at higher risk for more severe illness from COVID-19, families and caregivers are asked to strongly consider vaccinating children with any underlying health condition or disability. Review this information for caregivers (PDF).

Vaccine eligibility

Every Minnesotan age 12 years and older is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Get paid to be your child's PCA

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

Although this change initially ended on February 7, 2021, it was reinstated on August 11, 2021, and will last through the end of the federal COVID-19 public health emergency. The public health emergency will remain in effect until at least April 16, 2022, and might extended.

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.

CDCS and CSG

Effective August 31, 2021, Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS) and Consumer Support Grant (CSG) participants must return to following the policies that limit payment to parents of minor children and spouses to 40 hours per week. Families will need to work with their case manager to revise their plans. Read more about the updates on COVID-19 modifications for people using CDCS, CSG, HCN, and PCA.

IEP/IFSP PCA

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.

COVID-19 impacted school and learning for many students. Some students need more support to recover learning and progress towards educational goals. Minnesota schools are offering help to their students.

Can my child get additional school help? Any student, regardless if they are receiving special education services, can be considered for help due to COVID impacting their educational experience during the 2020-2021 school year.

What is the help available for my child? The type of help varies depending on school districts. Contact your school to learn about what is available. Some schools are offering tutoring, summer programs, extended school days and hours, and other individualized options for children in special education.

How can I find out about what help is being offered? Ask your school special education teacher, special education director or principal about options your school has available. If your child has an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Program (IEP), talk to your child's team about additional school help. Check your school's website for additional information.

Who else can help me with this? PACER, The ARC Minnesota, Family Voices.

Where can I find more information about distance learning and disability services for children? See frequently asked questions addressing the impact of the COVID-19 on students with disabilities from the Minnesota Department of Education.

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