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MHDS Redesign Update

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We will provide more coverage on MHDS Redesign as the interim committees begin to explore ongoing issues. Right now, DHS has written rules that regions will need to follow, including rules about “core services” and “case management.”  These rules are controversial.

What you may not know is that a year-round legislative committee meets monthly to review rules, and hears testimony from people concerned about the rules.  This group is called the “Administrative Rules Review Committee.” 

You can read the proposed rules, find who serves on the Administrative Rules Review Committee, committee schedules and meetings, and more here.  You can also go to the DHS rules website here.

Other News – About half of the 54 counties eligible for equalization payments either got their payments from DHS late or are still waiting for their funds, causing some concern about their ability to maintain services.  This is being resolved on a county-by-county basis, but you may hear about this happening in your area. It has to do with state bills owed, and some misinformation between state and county bookkeeping. Hopefully this will be resolved soon; updates will be posted online at