Our commitment is to building healthcare system resilience and capacity in Southeastern Minnesota, ensuring seamless delivery of care during disasters by providing resources and communication for planning, response, and recovery activities.

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New SE MN DHC Compact Agreement for All Partners:

The newly approved SE MN DHC Compact agreement is now available for your agency to review and process for signature. This is a voluntary agreement among participating agencies to provide assistance at the time of a Disaster, not an Emergency, in accordance with relevant emergency management/disaster preparedness plans. The assistance components of this Compact will not take effect until a disaster or an emergency has been declared by local or state authorities or when necessary, to save lives or ensure critical patient/resident care continuity in absence of a declared emergency or disaster. We ask you to sign and return the agreement and Compact Contact Form as soon as possible.

NEW COVID-19 Regional Response Plans:

On May 7 Governor Walz announced the 5-point battle plan to address the effects of COVID-19 on Long Term Care facilities.  The state requested all the regional healthcare coalitions to find ways to support this plan. The SE MN Disaster Health Coalition conducted a baseline survey on May 13 of current plans, resources, relationships, and activities within the region to use as part of the development of overall strategies to address the plan’s objectives.

The three approved planning documents created by the regional planning workgroup and approved by the SE MN DHC Advisory Committee on May 27 to meet the Governor’s mandate are below:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Information:

The State of Minnesota has issued a Statewide COVID-19 PPE Allocation policy. As of September 1, your facility is required to upload and provide proof from two suppliers of order denial or back order in RedCap. If your facility is in need of PPE submit a request here.

Statewide Healthcare Coordination Center (SHCC) Behavioral Health Staff Wellness resource website

NEW LTC Plan Templates & Guidelines:

The SE MN Disaster Health Coalition created new plan templates and guidelines which we are proud to announce were adopted by MDH to help with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you need assistance with creating these plans, please email LTC@semndhc.org to request assistance from one of the coalition staff.

Guidance Information:

1135 Waiver information for providers who are Federally Certified Providers, Nursing Homes, Hospitals & Critical Access Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Independent Care Facilities, Home Care, Hospice, Dialysis Units, etc. Minnesota Department of Health receives requests and sends them to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Providers can send requests directly to CMS but must include the State to determine if a request is within state requirements to issue the waiver.

COVID-19 Staff Skills Training Materials:

Respiratory Protection Program (RPP) Guidance

What are the requirements?
Whenever respirators are required, employers must implement a written, worksite-specific respiratory protection program (RPP), including medical evaluation, fit testing, training, and other elements, as specified in OSHA’s Respiratory Protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134). OSHA requirements for other PPE (e.g., eye protection, protective clothing) can be found in OSHA’s General PPE standard (29 CFR 1910.132) and OSHA Eye and Face Protection standard (29 CFR 1910.133).

Helpful Links

Minnesota Department of Health Respiratory Protection Program

OSHA Resources:

Qualitative Respirator Fit Test and Training Resources:

How You Can Help: