As the coronavirus pandemic evolves, disability services and long-term care providers are facing difficult decisions as they work to support Minnesotans who rely on their programs. Providers, advocates, and legislators are working together to provide regulatory flexibility and relief in this time to make sure that Minnesotans with physical and developmental disabilities are not cut off from vital services.
Day services and waiver programs are important resources for adults with disabilities, providing options for community engagement, employment, vocational training, and offering an array of therapies. However, certain licensing rules limit providers’ ability to respond to this pandemic. Senate DFLers are aware of these concerns and continue to work with DHS and the Walz administration to make sure Minnesotans have access to the services they need as we follow the recommended health and safety guidelines.
We are in uncertain times but recognize the need for flexibility in programs people rely on. Senate DFLers recognize the importance of increasing the use of telemedicine, developing streamlined processes for counties and tribes, and easing financial burdens families may be facing during this time. We are hopeful that legislation will move swiftly to provide regulatory relief to service providers and the thousands of Minnesotans living with disabilities.