PCA Choice Services

What are PCA services?

Personal Care Assistant (PCA) services help people with disabilities of all ages to live independently in the community or in their family home by assisting with activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, health-related functions, and behavior supervision and intervention.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for PCA services through Arc Northland, you or your family member must:

  • Be eligible for or receiving Medical Assistance (MA) insurance
  • Be able to make decisions about your own care or have a responsible party who can assist in directing cares and services
  • Have a screening assessment done by a county MN Choices screener

What is PCA Choice?

Under the PCA Choice option, more responsibility is shifted to the individual or family, and the PCA agency acts as the employer of record.

Click here to learn more about the PCA program in Minnesota.

For more information about Arc Northland’s PCA Choice program, please contact Jenny at (218) 726-4724.

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Holiday Pay

PCA Choice workers receive time and 1/2 pay for the following 8 holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving

Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)

The Arc Northland has transitioned to Pavillio, a software system designed to meet Minnesota’s EVV requirements in compliance with the 21st Century Cures Act. Pavillio will allow PCAs to capture real time services all through the app!

Log in to Pavillio Here

Arc Northland offers voluntary EVV Support Clinics to assist with our transition. Our next EVV Support Clinic is Tuesday, July 9th at 6:00PM. Clinics are offered in person and virtually. You can find out more information under Upcoming Events. For any questions please contact Jenny Kempfert at (218) 726-4725 or jkempfert@arcnorthland.org

To view the presentation: Arc Northland’s Pavillio EVV Presentation

PCA Services will soon transition to CFSS:

Community First Services and Supports (CFSS)

Community First Services and Supports (CFSS) is a Minnesota health care program that offers flexible options to meet the unique needs of people. CFSS allows people greater independence in their homes and communities. CFSS will replace personal care assistance (PCA) and the Consumer Support Grant (CSG) once the MN Dept. of Human Services has authorization from the federal government to begin the program.

CFSS will cover the same main services as PCA:

  • Activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing, grooming and transferring
  • Health-related tasks
  • Instrumental activities of daily living, such as shopping, cooking, and laundry
  • Observation and redirection of behavior

In addition, CFSS will provide some new options for individuals, including:

  • The opportunity for spouses and parents of minor children to be paid workers for their family member.
  • The option to use a part of one’s budget to purchase goods and services that replace the need for human assistance.
  • A worker training and development budget that can be used to train workers on the individual’s care needs.
  • The option to purchase a personal emergency response system (PERS) to provide back-up support.

Under CFSS, individuals will be able to choose between the agency model, for those who want to receive support from a provider agency, and the budget model, for those wanting more choice and control as the employer of their support workers. Each individual will also work with a consultation services provider, who will provide education on their options and support in writing their service delivery plan.

Click here for a link to DHS’s CFSS informational page.

Click here to watch an informational video from DHS on CFSS.

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