Senator Tomassoni Caregiver Support Program
The Senator Tomassoni Caregiver Support Program provides financial support to help cover some of the costs associated with in-home care, as well as education for personal (non-paid) and professional (paid) caregivers in Minnesota.
Beginning in November of 2023, caregivers of persons living with ALS in Minnesota may apply for financial support to assist in covering in-home care costs. These funds are available because of the tremendous efforts of the late Senator David Tomassoni who championed for support for caregivers. Caregivers who need extra support to care for their loved one may apply.
These funds are available through June 2026.
- The person living with ALS must reside in Minnesota.
- One application per family will be accepted on an annual basis.
- A caregiver evaluation (and re-evaluation) will be required.
Families may select a home care agency to provide a professional caregiver. The ALS Association staff may assist in providing options based on where the person with ALS lives.
Families may choose to contract with an individual of their choice, other than a spouse/partner, parent, or child of the person with ALS. The ALS Association will provide referral to a Fiscal Management Service (FMS) company for employment and payroll management of hired individual.
Once submitted, please allow up to two weeks for a care services staff member to be in touch to further discuss your needs and the options available through these State of MN funds.
In addition to in-home financial support for caregivers, ALS-specific trainings will be offered to caregivers virtually and in-person.
- Virtual: 11 Caregiver Education Modules offer a certificate of completion to anyone caring for someone with ALS.
- In-person: Coming soon.