TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

Beneficiary

is the person benefitting from a trust.

Activities of Daily Living - ADLs

are daily, routine skills an individual needs in order to function.  Examples include:  eating, bathing, moving, toileting and grooming.

Day Training & Habilitation Program - DT&H

is a licensed organization that assists individuals with disabilities to develop and maintain life skills, participate in community life, and engage in activities of their own choosing.

Department of Human Resources - DHS

provides health care, economic assistance and other essential services for those who do not have the resources to meet their basic needs and are least able to help themselves.

Developmental Disability - DD

is a mental and/or physical condition that manifests before age 22, substantially affects functioning in several major life activities, and usually lasts through life.

Employment Network - EN

is an entity that contracts with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that provides and coordinates the delivery of necessary services to Social Security disability beneficiaries participating in the Ticket to Work program.

Formal Supports

are community supports for individuals with disabilities that are provided by services and programs.

Global Developmental Delay

is a significant lag in meeting important developmental milestones, including:  physical, cognitive, behavioral and social development.

Informal Supports

are community supports for individuals with disabilities that are provided by family, friends and social network groups.

Instrumental Activities of Daily Living - ADLs

are basic skills an individual needs in order to function.  Examples include:  shopping, managing fnances, essential household chores, planning and preparing meals.

Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Developmental Disabilities - ICF DD

is a residential facility or licensed health care institution that provides health and rehabilitatiave services for persons with developmental disabilities or related conditinos who require active treatment.

Irrevocable Trust

is a trust that cannot be changed or cancelled after it has been created.

Medical Assistance - MA

is a publicly funded health care program for individuals who meet certain income and other criteria, including persons with disabilities.

Minnesota Department of Health - MDH

is a state agency whose mission is to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans.

Nursing Facility - NF

is a facility or part of a facility licensed to provide nursing care for persons who are unable to properly care for themselves.

Parental Fee

is a monthly amount paid by parents of children under 18 accessing TEFRA.  It is based on family income and size.

Personal Care Assistant/Assistance - PCA

provides day-to-day assistance and support to individuals with disablities to help them be more independent in their homes and in the community.

Plan for Achieving Self Support - PASS

is a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) work initiative that lets individuals with disabilities set aside money and other assets for items or services to reach specific work goals.

Related Condition

is a condition closely related to a developmental disability that is severe, chronic, results in impairment of general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior, requires treatment or services similar to those required for persons with developmental disabilities, manifests before age 22, is likely to continue indefinitely, is not attributable to mental illness, and results in substantial functioning limitations.

Revocable Trust

is a trust that can be changed or cancelled after it has been created.

Social Security Administration - SSA

is a federal agency that administers Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs.  These two major programs provide cash benefits to persons with disabilities.

Social Security Disability Income - SSDI

is a program under Retirement, Survivor and Disablity Insurance (RSDI) that provides cash benefits to individuals who have a disabilty and have worked a certain number of quarters or had a parent or spouse who worked a certain number of quarters and have paid into the Social Security System.  SSDI helps offset the costs of food, clothing and shelter with monthly benefits.

Spenddown

is an amount of money that a person enrolled in a Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) is required to pay before they are eligble for Medical Assistance (MA).

State Medical Review Team - SMRT

is a division of the Department of Human Services (DHS) that makes disability determinations using criteria from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Supplemental Security Income - SSI

is a federal needs-based program for children and adults who have been been able to work or have not worked enough to pay into the Social Security System.  SSI helps to offset the costs of food, clothing and shelter with monthly benefit payments.

Tax Equity Fairness and Responsibility Act - TEFRA

is a component of Medical Assistance (MA) that helps cover health care costs for children with disabiilties.  Only the child's income is used to determine eligibility; however there may be parental fees, depending on family income and size.

Trustee

is the person or entity responsible for the management and distribution of the assets of a trust.

Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA)

Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) is a state-funded program, administered by the county, that provides a monthly cash payment to people with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or would qualify except for excess income.

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DHS Eligibility Criteria

  • Must receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or meet the SSI eligibility criteria, except for income, and meet MSA income limits
  • Be certified as disabled and are age 18 or older, or
  • Be certified as blind or having severely impaired vision, or
  • Be age 65 or older

DHS defined special needs allowances available under MSA include:

  • Medically prescribed diets
  • Representative and guardianship and conservator services and fees
  • Home repairs and shelter costs for relocating into the community

Funding for emergency situations, such as possible evictions or utility disconnections, is no longer offered under the MSA program.  However, clients experiencing this type of situation may be eligible for a program called Emergency General Assistance.

Contact your Washington County Developmental Disabilities Social Worker for application information.

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Minnesota Supplemental Aid – DHS

MSA Housing Assistance

The MSA Housing Assistance is a program that helps people with disabilities under age 65 have a choice about where they live.  The program provides money to help people move into affordable housing and have their own place, or they may share housing  expenses with another person.

DHS Eligibility:

  • Be eligible for Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA)
  • Be under age 65
  • Have total shelter costs that exceed 40% of your total income
  • Apply for rental assistance, if eligible

For details on criteria, benefits and how to apply, visit the Minnesota Department of Human Services website.