Public Policy: 2019 Legislative Priorities

ARRM Policy Reform Bill (HF XXX/ SF 174)

ARRM works to ensure Minnesota's public policy and regulatory environment promotes the independence, health and safety of people with disabilities and strengthens our members' ability to support them. In 2019, ARRM and its members are focused on building off of the successful passage of its 2017 Policy Reform Bill with additional reforms that help address the significant workforce shortages in our industry.

2019 Policy Bill Fact Sheet

Enhance Technology Use

We are in the midst of a workforce crisis. There are simply not enough staff to provide services to the amount of people that will be requiring services now or into the future. In 2017 ARRM passed language to mandate discussions about technology at the 45 Day planning meetings, this applies to individuals that are moving to a new provider or are new to the system.

ARRM proposes mandating that a discussion on how the use of technology may fit into someone's life happens at least once a year at every person's planning meeting. This language will extend the discussion of technology to everyone currently receiving services.

Maximize Staff Capacity

In 2017, ARRM successfully extended the sunset date for which providers are allowed to obtain a license to serve 5 individuals in one home. When this sunset date was extended however, the date for which a setting must be licensed to qualify was not, leaving some established provider unable to obtain a license.

ARRM will revise the language so it states that providers must be licensed by 2016 in order to be able to serve 5 individuals in a residential setting and remove the sunset date.

Sensible Staff Qualifications

Current requirements to provide Behavioral Services are difficult to attain, resulting in the inability to hire adequate staff for the service.

ARRM proposes revising the requirements so that they are able to be met, while still holding standards necessary for the service provisions.

Align Training Requirements

Legislation was passed in 2017 with the intent to allow both orientation and annual training to be competency based. Current communication from the Department of Human Services however interprets that legislation to only include orientation.

ARRM will fix this error to include both orientation and annual training in the competency based training requirements.


Sara Grafstrom
Director of Advocacy and Community Relations
651-291-1086 x. 8