This is a basic guideline for accessing services provided by Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department.
Program Area: Aging & Disability Services
Contact Number: 612-348-4500
Program Summary: Access, consultation, assessment and service planning for persons with disabilities of all ages (from birth on). Consolidated access point for seniors/elderly, developmental disabilities, related conditions, physical disabilities, and all waivers.
People who have physical and/or functional disabilities of all ages who need assistance identifying needs and options, including:
- Disabled children and adults
- Information and consultation about community resources and county, state & federal programs for persons of all ages with disabilities
- Short-term service planning and case management to help individuals and families develop a plan of care
- Assistance with applying for public benefits
- Access to Long Term Care Consultation, Waivers, Alternative Care, Home Care, and case management
- Access to information on specialized housing and funding including assisted living options for children and adults
Conditions of eligibility:
- Hennepin County resident; services are voluntary
- Eligibility for ongoing services and case management depend on needs, program and income
- Medical Assistance is needed to qualify for some, but not all programs
- For developmental disability services, generally a tested IQ score of 70 or below; current functional and psychological testing required for ongoing case management
How to obtain services:
- Call Initial Contact phone number, 612-348-4500.
- General inquiries and consultation do not need specific client information.
- Referrals for in-person assessments require the following: 1) Client name, birth date, social security number, address, phone number and contact information; 2) income, asset, and health insurance information; 3) summary information on health and functioning level.
Assessments are conducted in the client's home or in the community. ADS Access and Initial Consultation staff (612-348-4500) are physically located in various sites throughout Hennepin County. General mail inquiries can be sent to Initial Contact & Assessment at:
300 South 6th Street
Mail Code N718
Minneapolis, MN 55487
What to expect:
- Initial consultation can be handled by telephone to identify options
- If the next step is an in-person assessment, the referral is assigned to a public health nurse or social worker to develop a service plan.
Other pertinent information:
Staff available for Spanish and American Sign Language. Interpreters used as needed.
Learn more about these services on the Services for Seniors and Services for People with Developmental Disabilities pages.
Last Update: 05/15/13