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Health conference offers chance to learn and change

The idea for the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MNCCD) to host a health and wellness Conference came after touring a Living Well Disability Services group home. Chief Operating Officer Rod Carlson, gave me a tour and detailed their incredible success with healthy lifestyles programming. They utilized a whole food organic diet and training ...

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Housing choices are conceptual for too many

In Minnesota, we have a noteworthy legacy when it comes to supporting people with disabilities as independent and inclusive members of our community. Historically, we were very active in supporting human rights, closing large institutions, and moving people into “less restrictive” settings. This deinstitutionalization process was however, a pendulum swing that created all kinds of additional ...

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It’s up to us to change the parameters

Minnesota’s Department of Human Services (DHS) is the regulatory agency that provides support to people with disabilities. In other words, they control the money and enforce the parameters for how people with disabilities will live. If we the public don’t like those parameters, it is up to us to change them. The question is, “How do we do that?” We must ...

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MA reform: We’ll be back

The 2016 legislative session was my first as director of the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MN-CCD). Early on my expectations were tempered by numerous admonitions from colleagues and co-workers that this might not be a “big win” year for Medical Assistance (MA) reform. Still we approached it with all the gusto necessary for a reform of this ...

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