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24.3. State Disability Resources

Consumer Support Grant Program
The Consumer Support Grant (CSG) program is a state-funded alternative to Medicaid home care services of home health aide, personal care assistance and/or private duty nursing. Through cash grants, the CSG Program provides consumers with greater flexibility and freedom of choice in service selection, payment rates, service delivery specifications and employment of service providers.

Family Support Grant Program
The Family Support Grant (FSG) Program provides state cash grants to families of children with disabilities. The goal of the program is to:
- Prevent or delay the out-of-home placement of children
- Promote family health and social well being by facilitating access to family-centered services and supports

Home Accessibility Resources
Seniors and younger persons with disabilities often need changes made in their homes so they can live there more safely and independently. These resources provide advice on how to make homes more accessible and identify financing that may help cover costs.

Home care services
Home care offers medical and health-related services and assistance with day-to-day activities to persons in their home. Home care can provide short-term care for persons moving from a hospital or nursing home back to their home or continuing care to persons who have ongoing needs.

 Home and community-based waivers
Medicaid Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) waivers afford states the flexibility to develop and implement community alternatives for Medicaid-eligible persons with disabilities and chronic health care needs who would otherwise receive services in a hospital, nursing facility or Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DD).

 Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities
MA-EPD allows working persons with disabilities to qualify for MA under higher income and asset limits than regular MA.

Minnesota DNR Open the Outdoors Program
Information on access to state parks, trails, and other outdoor resources, as well as hunting and fishing licenses for people with disabilities.

Minnesota Rehabilitation Services
Phone: 888GETJOBS
Rehabilitation Services helps people with disabilities to achieve their employment and independent living goals.

Minnesota STAR Program
Phone: (888) 234-1267
STAR informs Minnesotans about issues of assistive technology, opens the door to assistive technology for the citizens of Minnesota through state and federal legislation, works with state agencies and builds/maintains community collaborative and communication efforts.

Minnesota State Council on Disability
Phone: (800) 945-8913
The Minnesota State Council on Disability is an agency that advises, provides technical assistance, collaborates and advocates to expand opportunities, improve the quality of life and empower all persons with disabilities.

 STAR Technology Exchange (STARTE)
The goal of STARTE hosted by the Minnesota STAR Program is to put AT equipment that is not currently being used into the hands of someone who can benefit from it.

Telephone Equipment Distribution Program
Phone: (800) 657-3663
The TED Program provides telephone equipment to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, speech impaired or have a physical disability and need adaptive equipment in order to use the phone. The equipment is loaned out at no cost as a long-term loan.

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