CM Update - December 2017

Key Highlights This Month:  

Financial analysis

  • DHS is in the process of contract negotiations, and will make a public announcement once a final contract is signed.
  • On Friday, Dec 8th, DHS met with the 3 counties that are participating in the “current state” phase of the financial analysis  (Carlton, Sibley, and Dakota).  The purpose of the meeting was to ground everyone in the background and progress of the overall CM redesign initiative. Tom Henderson also attended and provided helpful background and context from a county perspective.


  • The policy team continues to document current policy and understand how case management services intersect with care coordination and care management. This includes cataloguing the following information for case management, care management, and care coordination services:
    • Definitions
    • Authority
    • Financing
    • Activities
    • Intersection between the services

Stakeholder and community engagement

  • DHS welcomed their newest team member, Rebeca Sedarski, to lead the community engagement efforts for case management redesign.  Per DHS, Rebeca has a long history of leading community engagement efforts to inform policy development, most recently with the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs. She has extensive experience in leading engagement events and building collaborations between federal, state, local, private and non-profit organizations.
  • At the request of a few county reps on the policy and finance team, I spoke with Eric about the desire to create a county-focused engagement strategy that reaches various levels of people within counties (including directors, supervisors, direct staff). Eric offered to help us develop a draft plan for county-specific engagement.

 As mentioned last month, DHS has followed up with Mike and Stacy about our request for more data on the SSTS. As a next step, Marty Commack (financial operations director), Chris Ricker (FOD program operations director) and Alex Kotze (chief financial officer) have offered to meet to hear thoughts on how the training might be improved. A meeting has been set up with DHS staff, Eric Ratzmann, and the following county staff: Stacy Hennan, Mike Herzing, Tom Henderson and John Sellen on February 1st to have that discussion.

 Requested Actions Needed From MACSSA:  None

New Trends in This Area:  NA

Issues/Concerns Regarding This Topic: None  

Legislative Impacts:  NA

Supporting Materials:  NA

Contacts(s):  Michael Herzing, Stacy Hennen

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