Services designed to promote staff and caregiver competency to meet a person’s needs in eligible areas.
To be eligible for specialist services, the person must have a documented need in one or more of the following areas:
- Augmentative communication
- Behavior and mental health symptom support to strengthen effective emotional and behavioral functioning and manage harmful symptom expression or conduct that could endanger self and others
- Community safety training and support
- Functional motor skills
- Independent living skills
- Personal health
- Social, leisure and recreational skills.
Specialist services cover:
- Evaluation of service outcomes identified in the person’s support plan
- Monitoring of specific program implementation
- Program development
- Training and supervision of staff and caregivers.
All of the functions listed above can be billed as either direct or indirect support.
Specialist services do not cover services that duplicate other Minnesota state plan or waiver services. Behavior and mental health symptom support cannot duplicate positive support services (see CBSM – Positive support services).