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Age-Friendly Minnesota Community Grant Program Launch

On June 30, 2022 by Terri Foley

Community grants of up to $99,000 are being offered by the Age-Friendly Minnesota Council in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. As the first step in this process, communities can submit an interest form by Aug. 1. A virtual Responders Conference will be held during the application period to address applicant questions.

Seniors Need Leadership from Lawmakers; Ask Them to Finish Their Work

On June 30, 2022 by Libbie Chapuran

By now, you know that the Minnesota State Legislature adjourned at the end of last month without spending any of the state's $9 billion budget surplus. Even though negotiations have crumbled, we cannot stop our advocacy!

CMS Plans Site Visits to Assess HCBS Settings Rule Compliance

On June 23, 2022 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has been notified by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of their plans to conduct site visits of several provider settings this summer to review their compliance with the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule. Site visits will occur the week of July 25.

Minnesota Legislative Special Session on Pause

On June 23, 2022 by Erin Huppert

Late last week, news broke that negotiations for a special session between legislative leaders and Governor Walz have stalled. For now, there will be no special session to address deep needs across the state for taxes, public projects, education, public safety and health and human services.

Open for 2023 Celebration - Stars Among Us Award Nominations

On June 16, 2022 by Barbara Landeen

LeadingAge Minnesota’s Stars Among Us Awards nominations are open for 2023 through Sept. 12.

These awards honor the best of the best caregivers, leaders, rising stars, volunteers, and residents in our field and are celebrated yearly at the February Institute & Expo.

New Dietary Safety Video Available

On June 16, 2022 by Julie Apold

Are you interested in improving your mealtime safety practices but don't know where to start? LeadingAge Minnesota, as part of Safe Care, has developed a new video demonstrating two essential dietary safety practices – Pre-Meal Huddles and Dietary Safety Pauses.

DHS Confirms Extension of Background Check Resubmission Deadline, Other Flexibilities

On June 16, 2022 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) website now confirms the extension of the July 2 deadline by which employees with emergency background studies must clear fingerprint-based studies until the end of the year. Individuals who received emergency studies must have a fully compliant study by Dec. 31 to continue working after that date. 

New Coupon! Promote Your Open Positions with AgingServicesJobs.org at a Reduced Rate

On June 9, 2022 by Anna Mowry

Have you posted your open positions on the AgingServicesJobs.org platform? LeadingAge MN’s job board, AgingServicesJobs.org, is the premier resource for long-term care employers to post their critical to fill positions and get connected with qualified applicants.

Coming Soon: Minnesota Geriatrics ECHO Mental Health Series

On June 2, 2022 by Libbie Chapuran

The Minnesota Geriatrics ECHO invites your interdisciplinary teams to join a free series of dynamic dialogues at the crossroad of administrative and clinical leadership.

Safe Care Pledge Spotlight – Carris Health Care Center & Therapy Suites

On June 2, 2022 by Julie Apold

Carris Health Care Center and Therapy Suites in Willmar recently renewed the Safe Care Pledge at their Employee Health Fair. Special Safe Care Pledge T-shirts were donned, staff learned more about Safe Care, took the Safe Care Pledge, received a Safe Care pin and signed a Safe Care pledge banner. 

Stars Among Us Award Nominations Open for 2023 Celebration

On June 2, 2022 by Barbara Landeen

Let your stars shine brightly! Our Stars Among Us Awards for 2023 are now open for your nominations. These awards shine the spotlight on the best of the best in our LeadingAge Minnesota family. Tell us about your outstanding caregivers, leaders, rising stars, volunteers, and residents. We celebrate the award recipients at the Institute in February, and they're always a highlight of the event.

Advocate for Congressional COVID-19 Funding for LTC

On June 2, 2022 by Libbie Chapuran

Although the House and Senate are in recess this week, there's no shortage of work left to be done before Congress adjourns ahead of the midterm elections. What began as the Build Back Better plan is now being reshaped into a much narrower, inflation-fighting measure that would amount to a fraction of the spending in the original bill.

HCBS Capacity-Building Grants Offered By DHS

On June 2, 2022 by Terri Foley

Grants of up to $50,000 are being offered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) in rural and underserved communities. Click here for the RFP.

The Workforce Data Portal is Here

On June 2, 2022 by Anna Mowry

Just last month, LeadingAge Minnesota launched an exciting new resource to allow members to track and benchmark critical workforce data – The Workforce Data Portal.

District Meetings: Locations Announced

On May 26, 2022 by Luke Jenkins

We have updated the registration and agenda page on our district meeting webpage to reflect the newly-announced locations for each district meeting. RSVP is required for our complimentary lunch.

Annual Membership Survey Closes Tomorrow!

On May 26, 2022 by Luke Jenkins

Time is running out! Share your feedback about our association in the 2022 Annual Membership Survey by Friday, May 27.

Safe Care Pledge Event Resources Available

On May 26, 2022 by Julie Apold

Safe Care begins with you and your communities every day in all that you do. New resources are now available to help you plan your Safe Care-Living the Pledge Every Day Event in June or July to celebrate and renew your commitment to respect, dignity, safety, and quality of life for those we serve.

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.

Legislature Acts to Extend Background Studies Deadline

On May 26, 2022 by Jonathan Lips

Although the Health and Human Services conference committee could not agree on new funding measures, the committee reached a consensus on a package of policy changes that passed both the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives on the last day of the legislative session. The policy bill includes two provisions that provide some relief for providers relating to background studies.

Minnesota Legislative Session Adjourns with Job Unfinished

On May 26, 2022 by Erin Huppert

Minnesota lawmakers adjourned on Monday without passing several high-priority omnibus bills, including education, taxes, public safety, and, most notably, the Health and Human Services (HHS) spending bill.

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