Personal Support Services

Personal Support Services

Services provided in the person’s home or community to:

  • Achieve his/her full potential
  • Increase his/her independence
  • Meet community inclusion goals that are important to and important for the person and based on an assessed need

A home that is not licensed or operated by an entity other than the person. For more information, See the requirements for a person’s own home.

Personal support services relate to outcomes identified in the person’s support plan when teaching and training are not necessary to achieve these outcomes, and it is the least costly assistance to reasonably meet the person’s needs. Covered services include supervision, support or help with:

  • Activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • Accessing community services
  • Developing meaningful connections with community members
  • Establishing new relationships and nurturing existing ones
  • Participating in community activities of the person’s choosing.

Services provided one-on-one with the person outside of his/her home must be submitted in integrated community settings that enable the person to interact with people with and without disabilities to the fullest extent possible.

Personal support does not cover services that duplicate other Minnesota state plan or waiver services.

Personal support is not a habilitation service. Therefore, personal support may complement a DD Waiver residential habilitation service. However, it may not be the only waiver service provided to a person. Because the DD Waiver requires a person to need a residential habilitation service to be eligible for the waiver.

The lead agency monitors the personal support services provided and ensures coordination with other services.


Personal support is provided in the person’s own home or community settings typically used by the general public.

If a person lives in a residential setting (i.e., provider-controlled settings such as foster care or a community residential setting [CRS]), he/she can receive personal support in community settings outside the home. In this situation:

  • The residential provider and personal support provider must be different
  • The person cannot accept personal help in the residential environment
  • The lead agency must ensure there is no duplication of services.