Your role is to support people with disabilities in making informed decisions about their housing goals. This includes helping people prepare for, find and maintain housing.
Here, read an overview of other roles to better understand what you can expect from each member of the team as you build a housing plan.
The person you support should drive the housing plan.
The person communicates interests, chooses supports, invites people into the support team and actively engages in the housing search process. The person may rely on other team members to help understand services, processes, options, and many parts of exploring, pursuing and maintaining housing — but the person remains the decision maker. If the person is a minor or under guardianship, the family or guardian must also be involved in these decisions.
To fulfill this role, the person is responsible for:
The family, guardian or other support person is critical for housing success.
The person is the decision maker, but the person may rely on their family, guardian or other support person in the decision-making process. If the person is a minor or under guardianship, the family or guardian must be involved in these decisions and provide the required approval. The person's family, guardian or other support person can participate in planning meetings and conversations about housing, as well as help the person explore opportunities, identify and choose service options, and determine who they would like as part of their team.
To fulfill this role, the family, guardian or other support person is responsible for:
The waiver case manager helps people identify, access and navigate needed supports and services.
This includes social, health, educational, housing and financial services. The waiver case manager provides the person with the information needed to make informed choices. The wavier case manager assesses the person's needs, creates service plans, offers referrals to appropriate services and monitors service delivery.
People who don't have a waiver case manager might have others who support them.
In the context of housing, the waiver case manager is responsible for:
To learn more about the responsibilities of a waiver case manager, consider online training opportunities from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.