Cherish News for Program Recipients, Families and Staff


Cherish is looking for employees in nearly all locations! 
Contact Kalee   (218)263-9000


Cherish appreciates our program participants and our staff. 
This news is intended to bring to your attention information that could help.



You may qualify for a retention bonus if you have been working at Cherish for 2 or more years


Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) direct care workers and traditional personal care assistance (PCA) workers may apply for retention bonus and training stipend grant initiatives

HCBS direct care workers and traditional PCA workers may apply for grant initiatives, including a retention bonus and PCA training stipend. The two initiatives are part of the Legislature-created HCBS grant developed to help attract new direct care workers and keep current employees who provide HCBS services to people with disabilities and older adults. Review the Apply for grant initiatives, including retention bonuses and training stipends AASD and DSD eList announcement for information about the retention bonus and training stipend, including application information. Refer to the HCBS Workforce Development Grant webpage for information about the grant initiatives and legislation.



Human Services Legislation


Governor Walz

Governor Walz committed to make Minnesota an age friendly state and announced a PCA wage increase but did not fund it.
Established November as Caregiver month. 
Contact Governor Walz to ask for his fiscal support in increasing PCA wages.

 Contact DHS Commissioner Harperstead - she needs to hear from real people:


Some issues that may affect you or those you serve:


DHS extends temporary waiver allowing certain family
members to be paid for providing PCA services




Family Caregivers

On November 11, 2023  Parents of minors and spouses who have been providing PCA services during the COVID-19 emergency will not be able to continue to provide services.  There is an extreme shortage of Direct Care Workers, so an alternative plan for provision of services is not necessarily a viable option.  Parents and Spouses need some direction on what they are to do, as a crisis is quickly approaching. 


Enhanced Waiver rates

Currently PCAs that work for a person receiving more than 10 hours per day of care earn an increased wage.  To qualify for the increase the employee must take the DHS online training,



Contact your Minnesota Legislators:




IRS Notice 2014-7


If you Live with the person you are providing services for - you could qualify for an income tax exclusion


In January 2014, the IRS issued Notice 2014-7 stating that certain wages earned by employees providing services to individuals on a Medicaid Waiver can be excluded from federal income tax.

 This applies to employees living full time in the home with the Medicaid waiver person they provide services to.

More Information



If you had to pay into State or Federal Income Tax - you may want to change your W4

2023 Form W-4


Annual training is coming up.  Packets will be arriving right around Sept 1, 2023