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DHS Allows Day Programs to Continue Re-Opening

There still are some requirements, but updated guidance will allow for a bit more flexibility on how many people they can bring back for services.

Announced this week, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) further opened day programs in the state of Minnesota, allowing people with disabilities to return for a longer length of time.

The changes include: “Increase the maximum duration that a person can receive in-person, facility-based services in one day from three hours to four hours; allow day services to be provided in facility and community settings on the same day, and remove the 50-person maximum limit to allow greater flexibility for buildings with larger licensed capacity while maintaining the 50% cap on licensed capacity (including staff) of the facility.”

Providers must continue to follow all COVID-19 requirements, including social distancing, screening protocols, capacity, and duration of shifts, among other requirements. Programs may resume operating after receiving the specific licensing guidance and completing the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Here at Phoenix, we continue to maintain the stance that the individuals we support always have a right to choose if they want to return to the day program.

For more information on this update, please visit the Minnesota DHS bulletin on this. Please reach out to President & CEO Darlene Scott if you have any questions. She can be reached at 651-294-7951 or dscott@phoenixresidence.org.