Consumer support grant & family support grant

Consumer support grant

This is a state-funded alternative to Medicaid home care services. Consumer support grants allow people more control and responsibility over their own support services, including flexibility in purchasing services and when and how the services will be provided and better access to culturally appropriate care and traditional services. Eligible participants receive monthly cash grants to replace fee-for-service home care services payments. With this assistance, people can manage and pay for a variety of home and community-based services described in a person-centered MNPrairie approved plan.

Examples of supports that can be purchased are respite care, chore or homemaker services, personal care attendant services, adaptive-aids, modifications to your home, special diets, day care, and other additional costs related to your care in your home. 
 Consumer Support Grant  
 CSG fact sheet  

Family support grant

The family support grant provides state cash grants to families of children with a developmental disability. The goal of the program is to prevent or delay the out-of-home placement of children and promote family health and social well-being by facilitating access to family-centered services and supports. 
Family Support Grant 
FSG fact sheet  

Re-evaluation of children at 5 years

Children with a global developmental delay diagnosis who are receiving developmental disabilities services in Minnesota are required by law to have a re-evaluation of intelligence and adaptive skills between their 5th and 6th birthdays. 

Before 5 years, children commonly are given a less specific diagnosis to account for developmental changes that may occur. By 6 years, intelligence and adaptive testing will produce a more specific diagnosis.
When your child is due for a re-evaluation, it is important to schedule testing with a licensed and qualified psychologist, certified school psychologist or certified psychometrist. Testing should include standardized tests of intellectual functioning, assessments of adaptive behavior, adaptive skills and developmental functioning.
It is advisable to also make sure that the psychologist or clinic you choose is covered by your health insurance.
It is very important to schedule this appointment as soon as possible as many qualified psychologists have long waiting lists. To continue services without interruption, the county must receive these test results before the child's 6th birthday.