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Paying for Services

There are a number of funding options available to assist with paying for supports and services for people with disabilities. A County social worker can help you determine your options and help you apply for funding. There is no charge for this help—start by calling Community Living Services Intake at 651-554-6336.

Here are some funding options available through the County: 

Medical Assistance:  A federal program that pays for medical care and some support services for low income families and individuals 18 years or older.
 
Tax Equity and Financial Responsibility Act (TEFRA):  A program that provides medical assistance for children with qualifying disabilities who live with their families and do not qualify for medical assistance because the family's income is too high. There is a parental fee based on family income and family size.

MA Waiver Programs:  Must be on Medical Assistance or TEFRA to be considered.  Eligibility for these programs is determined by Dakota County Public Health and Social Services staff. Programs include:
  • Alternative Care (AC) Program
  • Community Alternative Care (CAC) Waiver
  • Community Alternatives for Disabled individuals (CADI) Waiver
  • Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver
  • Elderly Waiver (EW)
  • Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO)
  • Brain Injury (BI) Waiver 
 
Part C Funds: Children birth to age three who are eligible for Early Childhood Special Education services can receive funding for special education. 

Part B Funds: Children age 3–21 with disabilities are eligible for special education services.

Consumer/Self-Directed Supports: These supports help residents create personalized plans that meet their unique circumstances and allows them to take responsibility for their services. They are much more flexible than other funding sources. There are supports available for all ages.
 
 
Supplemental Security Income (SSI): Cash benefits payable to those who are disabled, blind or age 65 or order with limited income. Distributed by the Social Security Administration, these benefits are not based on prior work or a family member’s prior work.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): Benefits paid to disabled children through Social Security after their parents have died. Children must be disabled before the age of 22 and parents must have worked long enough to receive Social Security.

Group Residential Housing (GRH):  Funding for room and board in assisted living sites licensed under GRH licensing rules.

Last updated: 3/28/2014 6:54 AM