July 2022 News

Jul 14
Unfortunately, the Minnesota Legislature was unable to agree on spending in many areas, including Health and Human Services. This means that many of the changes to long-term disability care, updates to the waiver rate system, and other priorities that would have benefitted individuals with disabilities were not made into law this year. We are hopeful that 2023 will be a productive session that results in much needed changes to disability services.
Minnesota State Building

June 2022 News

Jun 30
At PICS (Partners in Community Supports), we strive to make our services easier to use for the families who rely on them. We’re excited to share that our portal and timekeeping systems will be updated in Fall 2022.
EVV Timecard
Jun 15
New terms of agreement between SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) changes will go into effect July 1, 2022. The changes can be found by visiting the DHS website. 
Jun 9
Gov. Tim Walz recently signed a bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature providing bonus pay to eligible COVID-19 frontline workers (MN Frontline Worker Pay). MN Frontline Worker Pay is given to thank Minnesotans who worked on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic peacetime emergency.
MN Frontline Worker Pay Flyer

April 2022 News

Apr 6
Linda Tedford was a single parent of two young children who worked full-time when she first learned about PICS (Partners in Community Supports), a subsidiary of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS). “I didn’t realize that there were options for me to actually have people who were in my family as paid caregivers for my son Chris,” recalled Linda.

March 2022 News

January 2022 News

Jan 27
We love finding new ways to connect with our community and are excited to launch our new quarterly PICS E-newsletter. In this newsletter you will find the latest updates at PICS, ways to connect with us on social media, a spotlight of another service of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, upcoming events, and other exciting news from PICS, like our advocacy and anti-racism work.
PICS e-newsletter
Jan 27
Describing self-directed services to those unfamiliar with them can be a challenge. It helps to hear directly from families who use them to understand the positive impact self-directed services can have in their lives.
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