Ask An Advocate: Microgrants Available

Q: My case manager told me I might be able to apply for a microgrant from The Arc Minnesota. Are they still available? Where can I find more information?   A: The Minnesota Microgrant Partnership offers grants up to $1,000 to adults receiving waiver services or youth 16 and older with individualized education program (IEPs), […]

Ask An Advocate: Communicating Choices

Q. Does The Arc have any tools to help a young person communicate their interests and choices?   A. The Arc Minnesota does provide a variety planning processes and tools. One online tool that is now available at no cost is the GetSet! Online Interest Map Tool. Based on person-centered principles, the tool asks young […]

Ask An Advocate: Housing Access Services

Q: I am homeless. I have been living in my car or sleeping on a friend’s couch. I can’t go to a shelter because my extreme anxiety prevents me from being around a lot of people.  Can you help me find housing?   A: The Arc Minnesota has a contract with the Minnesota Department of […]

Ask An Advocate: Special Needs or Pooled Trust?

Q. What is the difference between a Special Needs Trust and Pooled Trust?   A.  pooled trust is a special needs trust administered by a non-profit organization.  The non-profit organization acts as Trustee and manages the trust sub-accounts.  The sub-accounts are accounted for separately, but the assets and administration of the trust is “pooled” in […]

Ask An Advocate: Applying for Medical Assistance

Q – My 11 year old son has an intellectual and developmental disability and I was told I should apply for Medical Assistance for him.  I keep seeing information about the open enrollment through MNsure being November 1, 2018 – January 13, 2019.  Is that when I should apply for him?   A – Fantastic […]

Ask An Advocate: MnCHOICES Assessment

Q. I have a 16 year old son with a disability, and due to his disability, he needs help taking care of himself. He isn’t able to help much around the house and I help him with things like getting dressed and showering. Other family members help him too but we don’t get any other […]

Ask An Advocate: Housing Expense Support

Q: I just found out that I have the chance to move from a group home into my own apartment within miles of my family in northern Minnesota. I have been hoping to live independently, near my family for a long time. I have saved and I am able to pay for movers, a security […]

A New Political Landscape: 2018 Midterm Election Outcomes

Were you one of the nearly 2.6 million Minnesotans who got out and voted in Tuesday’s midterm elections? Thanks to everyone who activated their civil right to vote, this was the highest voter turnout in a midterm election in over fifteen years – since 2002!   The election resulted in some significant changes in Washington […]

Ask An Advocate: Medicare Cards

Q: I’m on Medical Assistance and Medicare and received a new Medicare card in the mail recently. I noticed my Medicare number changed and am worried it’s a scam. Is this true?   A: Luckily, it’s not a scam. New cards were sent out to individuals on Medicare starting earlier this year. The cards contain […]

Ask An Advocate: Cost of Living Options

Q: My daughter receives $750 each month in Social Security Income and is looking for a job and her own apartment. Her benefit is not enough to pay for rent, food, and clothes. Are there additional financial supports available?   A: Yes. Most individuals on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are eligible for both Minnesota Supplemental […]