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    • Disability Matters Day at the Capitol

      February 17, 2017
      Join families, self-advocates and allies on Tuesday, February 28 to make your voice heard! 
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      Year End Information for Employees

      January 21, 2017
      As we close out 2016 and start again with the New Year, PICS would like to provide a few tips to help with filing your taxes. 
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      Notice to all CDCS and CSG Workers

      December 13, 2016
      The Bureau of Mediation Services (BMS) has received a petition requesting decertification of SEIU as the exclusive representative of those workers. 
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      NETStudy 2.0: Background Study Changes

      November 16, 2016
      The MN Department of Human Services (DHS) rolled out the newest version of their online background study program, NETStudy 2.0.  This new program affects employees working for individuals under the CDCS or Personal Supports programs.
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      Health Insurance Open Enrollment

      October 28, 2016
      Open enrollment period for PICS 2017 benefits is October 31, 2016 through November 11, 2016. This is the only time you can enroll and make changes to your benefits outside of a qualifying event.
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      Upcoming Changes to the Payroll Calendar

      October 21, 2016
      On November 13, 2016, Partners in Community Supports (PICS) will be changing the pay period. The new schedule provides additional time for PICS payroll processing and you get paid earlier!
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      Know Your Rights! Voting Information for People with Disabilities

      October 13, 2016
      Your rights as a voter are protected under the Minnesota Voter's Bills of Rights. Learn about your rights and how to prepare to vote on or before November 8!
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      Direct Support Professional Appreciation Week

      September 15, 2016
      It's Direct Support Professional Appreciation Week! Partners in Community Supports would like to thank all of our wonderful Direct Support Professionals for their dedication to helping individuals and their families! 
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      When Can Minor Employees Work?

      August 17, 2016
      With the start of the school year just around the corner, check out this infographic to make sure you're scheduling work according to Federal and State Employment of Minors laws.
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      2016 Cost of Living Adjustment

      June 17, 2016
      This year, the State of Minnesota passed legislation approving a Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA) for certain home and community based services.  
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      Finding Employees for Self-Directed Services

      June 3, 2016
      Whether seeking a primary service provider, or additional providers to divide up responsibilities, at some point individuals and families working with PICS may need to find qualified job candidates. PICS facilitates self-directed services, meaning individuals and their families choose who provides their care.
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      Getting Started With Self-Directed Services

      May 20, 2016
      Self-directed services allow an individual or their family to choose the services and supports that best fit their needs while remaining in their home and community. These home and community-based services are gaining popularity as states move away from a one-size-fits-all model for providing care to people with disabilities, opting for a person-centered approach instead.
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      1095-C Tax Information

      February 26, 2016
      The following 1.5 minute video will provide you a quick overview and update about the Federal Tax Form, 1095-C, which PICS is required to provide to all employees who were benefit eligible in 2015.
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      Scan and Submit Documents from Your Phone

      August 17, 2015
      If you have a smart phone with a camera, you can now scan and submit paper documents from your phone to PICS.  All you need to do is download a document scanning app (most are free or under $5). That means you won’t have to use a fax machine or an expensive scanner. You won’t have to worry about submitting upside-down or illegible documents if you’re taking a picture from your phone.
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      Required MN Department of Human Services Registration

      July 1, 2015
      In January 2015, the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Dayton signed an agreement with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). This agreement covers all individuals providing support to recipients of Medicaid-funded programs such as CDCS, CSG and PCA Choice.As required by the terms of this agreement, the Department of Human Services (DHS) must register all individuals receiving reimbursement for support whether through payroll or expense. In order to register with DHS, each support provider must complete two DHS forms.
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      IRS Notice - 2014-7: Difficulty of Care

      May 1, 2015
      Overview of IRS Notice 2014-7: Medicaid Home & Community Based Service payments received by care providers who live in the same home as the care recipient are now considered “difficulty of care” (DOC) payments.
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