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Cook County Public Health and Human Services

MnCHOICES Assessment and Support Planning

411 W 2nd St, County Courthouse, Grand Marais, MN, 55604

Distance: 954 Miles

(218) 387-3620


Service Details


A tool that helps you, if you need support because of age or disability, to identify what is important to you and what is essential for you to continue to live in your home or community

These needs, preferences, and goals are used to develop a plan specifically for you. This is called a person-centered approach. The MnCHOICES assessment also helps determine your eligibility for publicly funded long-term services and supports.

Some important things to know are:
* There is no charge for this service
* It's for people of any age, every disability and all income levels
* You do not need to be on, or eligible for, public programs to have an assessment and get a plan
* The assessment can occur where you are, in your home, or the hospital or nursing home
* If you do not agree with the outcome, you have the right to appeal

The MnCHOICES assessment tool uses a person-centered approach to identify your strengths, preferences, goals and needs. The information is used to:
1. Develop a Community Support Plan (CSP) just for you. The CSP provides options to help you live with supports of your choice in your own home or other setting.
2. Find out if you are eligible for help through publicly funded programs and services.
3. Explain why you are, or are not, eligible for publicly funded services. It also helps you know what you may need to do to become eligible.

Only a MnCHOICES-Certified Assessor can use the assessment tool. Certified Assessors must meet education and experience requirements. They also must complete a training and certification process. After the assessment, the Certified Assessor shares with you your eligibility for programs and services and discusses with you the service and support options you can choose from, in order to meet your needs and goals. All choices are made by you and/or your representative.

MnCHOICES finds if you can be eligible for publicly funded long-term services and supports such as:
* Alternative Care (AC) Program
* Brain Injury (BI) Waiver
* Community Alternative Care (CAC) Waiver
* Community Access for Disability Inclusion (CADI) Waiver (formerly Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals Waiver)
* Consumer Support Grant (CSG)
* Developmental Disability (DD) Waiver
* Elderly Waiver (EW)
* Essential Community Supports (ECS)
* Personal Care Assistance (PCA)
* Semi-Independent Living Services (SILS)

More information about MnCHOICES:
* MnCHOICES Department of Human Services
* Take the first step to get services to stay home and what you can expect with a MnCHOICES Assessment


People in Minnesota of all ages and any disability who:
* Need help with daily activities like dressing, taking a bath or shower or doing housework
* May need help with ongoing health care needs or behavior and
* Are willing to have an assessment and receive a plan

Application Instructions

Call your county or tribal office.


There is no fee for this service.

Business Hours

8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday

Area Served

Cook County


Phone Numbers

Type Number Hours
Main (218) 387-3620
FAX (218) 387-3020
Toll Free (800) 663-6771

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