Required Technology Discussions

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 17:12
New legislation just passed

New legislation requires technology supports be discussed at all 45-day planning meetings.

New legislation goes into effect on August 1, 2017, requiring technology supports be discussed as part of all 45-day planning meetings for people with disabilities. These meetings establish the needs of the individual receiving services, their personal goals, and the supportive services necessary to meet these objectives.

It starts with a conversation

Technology supports are becoming a core option for more and more people. These supports are increasing independence while reducing the overall reliance on in-person staff time. Due to the variety of technologies and systems available—from remote monitoring to assistive devices— some form of technology support can be a part of almost anyone’s care plan. It all starts with a conversation between the person receiving services, their family, their provider, and their case manager to determine what options might be a good fit based on their person-centered plans.

Because this type of support marks a change in the look and feel of supportive services, questions and reluctance to even begin the conversation keep hundreds from having real discussions about technology as an option. That’s why Minnesota Statute 245D was revised this session to require teams to include a discussion about technology in all 45-day planning meetings. While the statute does not require that technology be used, the required discussion will open the opportunity for teams or team members who might have questions about initiating the use of technology.

A new source of information

As a key player in developing and passing the legislation, ARRM committed to ensuring resources are available to support conversations—including key information about technology supports and examples of successful implementations. ARRM’s new Technology Resource Center will house an ever-growing body of the latest information and tools related to utilizing technology to support people living more independent lives.

Get Started

Download ARRM’s one-page summary of what’s required under the new legislation and check out the rest of the Technology Resource Center for guidance as conversations begin.



More Policy

Technology First aims to promote and expand access to technology supports for people with disabilities to assist in maximizing control over their daily lives, and to look first to assistive technologies when creating or modifying care plans. 

ARRM shall endeavor to develop or secure broad reaching educational tools/resources and person centered planning tools which incorporate technology for use by ARRM, its members and other service system partners, to educate and move/reform the service system.

This policy applies to both new and existing monitoring technology equipment and supervision funded under one of the following home and community-based services (HCBS) programs.

The ARRM Technology Initiative began in 2016 with the intention of seriously moving the needle on the adoption of supportive technologies for people with disabilit

Assistive technology: Devices, equipment or a combination of both that improve the person’s ability to communicate in the community, control or access his/her environment, perform activities of daily living.