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Supports, special education funds fall to governor’s veto pen

Supports, special education funds fall to governor’s veto pen Months of work disappeared with a few pen strokes as Gov. Mark Dayton May 23 vetoed the 2018 Minnesota Legislature’s major bills. Dayton nixed the tax and supplemental budget bills, sparking a war of words with the Republican-led House and Senate. The vetoes include money to rectify a looming seven percent cut in waiver services and ...

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Services face uncertainties after veto

Services face uncertainties after veto One of the biggest disappointments of the 2018 legislative session is the failure to address a seven percent cut to the funding many Minnesotans with disabilities rely on to live, work and participate in their communities. The first round of the cut takes effect July 1. With no special legislative session to address the cut ...

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Editor’s Column – June 2018

Editor’s Column – June 2018 Over the past couple months, I’ve  written to you here and we’ve contacted you online to ask for your help and support as Access Press faced some real financial challenges. Many of you in turn reached out to others in the community to make Access Press’s needs known. For instance, the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation ...

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Too much important work left undone on mental health issues

Too much important work left undone on mental health issues After months of work, the House, Senate and the governor seem unable to reconcile their differences on the omnibus financial bill. That bill contained funding that would have addressed key issues facing Minnesota’s mental health system. While it was a positive step to pass a bonding bill in the final hour of the session, too ...

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Access Press’s future looks brighter thanks to generous supporters

Access Press’s future looks brighter thanks to generous supporters Heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed to Access Press in recent weeks and months. Donations large and small have come in after the newspaper board, and staff outlined the financial pressures we were facing. We are thankful for all of you and have enjoyed the notes from people who rely on Minnesota’s disability news resource. ...

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Your Letters are Welcome

Your Letters are Welcome Access Press welcomes letters to the editor and commentary pieces from readers, on topics of interest to Minnesota’s disability community. Letters should be no more than 500 words, with 750 words per commentary. Ask the editors if more space is needed. Letters and guest commentaries must be signed by the authors or authors. With letters, a ...

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HISTORY NOTE: Souls were not ‘forgotten’ due to the work of many people

HISTORY NOTE: Souls were not ‘forgotten’ due to the work of many people A new book details the story of the reform movement that laid the groundwork for a modern mental health system in Minnesota. The Crusade for Forgotten Souls recounts Minnesota’s reform movement that broke the stigma surrounding mental illness, publicized the painful truth about the state’s asylums and resulted in the first legislative steps toward a ...

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Children’s mental health programs in peril, no fix in sight

One difficult issue the Minnesota Legislature didn’t resolve centers on children’s mental health. State lawmakers didn’t fix a looming problem that affects children’s mental health. Almost a dozen residential treatment centers for children with serious mental illness could lose $4.5 million annually in federal funding. Hundreds of Minnesota young people could be affected, starting next ...

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People Incorporated founder devoted life to others

People Incorporated founder devoted life to others Rev. Harry Maghakian is remembered as someone who helped transform the care of Minnesotans with mental illness. What began as a program for homeless veterans needing a place to go evolved into the nonprofit People Incorporated, one of the Upper Midwest’s largest community mental health services providers. Maghakian died May 15 at age 94, with family ...

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In Memoriam – June 2018

He wanted all to play ball Former Minnesota Twins player Frank John Quilici is remembered not just for his professional sports career, but also for his commitment to sports for all children. Quilici died in May after a long illness. He was 80 and lived in Burnsville. Quilici played second base for the Twins in the 1960s. ...

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Accessible Events – June 2018

Accessible Events – June 2018 More events information: VSA Minnesota is here. The website has a large calendar at in the upper right hand corner of its home page. For information on galleries and theater performances around the state join the Access to Performing Arts email list at access@vsamn.org or call VSA Minnesota, 612-332-3888 or statewide 800-801-3883 (voice/TTY). To hear a weekly listing ...

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Regional News in Review – June 2018

Regional News in Review – June 2018 Autism Friendly Austin a success A southern Minnesota community’s initiative around autism is a success. Autism Friendly Austin provide activities for families with children on the autism spectrum, including respite nights at the local YMCA. Parents get a break and children have time to meet and play with other children. Children can play basketball, swim in ...

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People and Places – June 2018

People and Places – June 2018 MOFAS: Twenty years of awareness The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) reached an important milestone this spring, marking 20 years of efforts to raise awareness of fetal alcohol syndrome disorder and the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. The organization provides public education and advocacy, operates a clinic, helps people who live with the ...

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Radio Talking Book – June 2018

Volunteer Readers Sought Radio Talking Book seeks volunteers to broadcast from our sites in Rochester and St. Paul. Please contact Roberta Kitlinski at 651-539-1423 to learn more.   New Exercise Program: “BlindAlive” RTB debuts “BlindAlive” beginning June 4 at 10:00 a.m. Mondays-Saturdays. “BlindAlive” is a fitness program hosted by Mel Scott. Mel, who is blind since childhood, works with ...

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June 2018 issue

Here's the entire June 2018 edition, please note you may need to create a login to read and/or download the .pdf file. Enjoy!    

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Bonding needs for state parks, DHS facilities are still in play

Bonding needs for state parks, DHS facilities are still in play [caption id="attachment_22708" align="aligncenter" width="575"] A family enjoyed a vacation at Jay Cooke State Park. Improvements to four other state parks are in play in the 2018 bonding bill.[/caption]   Accessibility improvements to four Minnesota state parks, as well as improvements to state academies and Department of Human Services (DHS) treatment facilities remain on the table as the ...

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Health care survey reveals cost increase worries

Health care survey reveals cost increase worries How do Minnesotans feel about health care costs, especially against the backdrop of possible changes to Medicare and Medicaid? A survey of more than 1,000 state residents shows that while the vast majority have health insurance, respondents are worried about the rising costs of health care. Drug prices are a concern, as are looming changes ...

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Service cut, work rules in limbo as session end nears

The clock is ticking as the 2018 Minnesota Legislature nears its May 21 adjournment date. Many disability-related issues hung in the balance as Access Press went to press. People with disabilities and their advocacy groups are tracking a wide array of bills as the session draws to a close. Omnibus bills, including finance bills, were making ...

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HISTORY NOTE: Documentary influenced work on behavior modification

The documentary CHANGES, which marks its 50-year anniversary in 2018, not only gave a view on the little-seen institutional life, it showed how behavior modification made a positive difference for residents at Faribault State Hospital. Those who championed behavior modification also inspired others who saw such techniques as helping people with developmental disabilities. The Minnesota Governor’s Council ...

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Editor’s Column – May 2018

With spring’s new growth comes the end of the legislative session, and as usual very little has been done at the Minnesota capitol. In recent years, it is always a waiting game; each side is waiting to see who will fold first. Who’s going to cut taxes and who will get blamed for no tax ...

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People and Places – May 2018

People and Places – May 2018 Worcester honored for her work UCare Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief Marketing Officer Ghita Worcester was selected by the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST as a 2018 Courage Award winner. She was saluted for a career dedicated to opening doors to care for those who need it most. The 2018 Courage Awards celebrate Minnesota women ...

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May 2018 edition

Here's the entire May 2018 edition of Access Press. Please note you may need to create a log in to read and/or download the file. Enjoy!    

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Live Well grants help Minnesotans stay in communities

Live Well grants help Minnesotans stay in communities The Minnesota Department of Human Services is awarding more than $7.5 million in grants to programs throughout Minnesota to help elders with a wide range of needs. Since 2001, Live Well at Home grants have helped older Minnesotans remain in their homes rather than move to nursing homes or other more expensive settings. The latest grants go ...

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Accessible Events – May 2018

Accessible Events – May 2018 More events information: VSA Minnesota is here. The website has a large calendar at in the upper right hand corner of its home page. For information on galleries and theater performances around the state join the Access to Performing Arts email list at access@vsamn.org or call VSA Minnesota, 612-332-3888 or statewide 800-801-3883 (voice/TTY). To hear a weekly listing ...

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Radio Talking Book – May 2018

Volunteer Readers Sought Radio Talking Book seeks volunteers to broadcast from our sites in Rochester and St. Paul. If you know someone who may be interested in volunteering, we’d like to hear from them. Please contact Roberta Kitlinski at 651-539-1423 to learn more.   Radio Talking Book App for Smartphones Listeners can now enjoy Radio Talking Book on their ...

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