In 2009, the Minnesota legislature made significant changes to the Personal Care Assistance (PCA) program in order to save money. An estimated 3000 children and adults who use the program will no longer be eligible for the program, come July 2011. A significant percentage of these 3000 people are people of color.
The PCA program aids people with disabilities or chronic illnesses who need help with dressing, grooming, bathing, positioning, transferring, mobility, eating or toileting. These are called “activities of daily living.” The program also aids those who have difficult behaviors such as physical aggression towards self or others, or destroys property that requires an immediate response of another person. These are called “Level 1 behaviors.”