Remote Adult Day Services Incorporated by MN Legislature as an Available Service
On May 26, 2022 by Bobbie Guidry
On Sunday evening, the Minnesota Legislature passed a provision as part of its Health and Human Services Policy bill to allow remote adult day as a service.
Born from the essential need for ongoing services and support during the on-site closure of Adult Day Services during the Coronavirus Pandemic, remote Adult Day Services (ADS) are recognized for their vital role. They will now be available beyond the pandemic.
The policy bill passed in the final hours of the 2022 legislative session included language for standards and requirements to provide remote adult day services.
Remote ADS means "an individualized and coordinated set of services provided via live two-way communication by an adult day care or adult day services center." To provide remote ADS, a provider must be licensed, and the client must be eligible for and receiving in-person services to receive remote services from the same provider. Specific record-keeping and service planning are also required.
In a 24-hour period, a participant may receive:
- A combination of in-person adult day services and remote adult day services on the same day but not at the same time;
- a combination of in-person and remote adult day services that does not exceed 12 hours in total; and
- up to six hours of remote adult day service.
A participant who receives remote services must receive services in person as assigned in the participant's plan of care quarterly.
This service is a significant addition to the array of home and community-based services available to Minnesota residents.