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Workforce recommendations moving ahead

Key recommendations from a report on Minnesota’s direct care worker crisis are moving ahead, with support from the Minnesota Olmstead Subcabinet. While much work remains to make the recommendations become reality, advocates are pleased to see progress. The subcabinet, which oversees work to make Minnesota and its government agencies more inclusive to people with disabilities, approved ...

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Disability impacts are eyed in miniumum wage debate

Disability impacts are eyed in miniumum wage debate Workers with disabilities and the people who provide direct support for people with disabilities are two different sides of the coin in St. Paul’s minimum wage debate. As St. Paul City Council members and Mayor Melvin Carter III push for a $15 minimum wage, the voices of the city’s disability community are being heard. Larger public ...

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Incontinence products issue back to court

Debate over a proposed state medical supply program continues in Ramsey County District Court. Opponents of the Preferred Incontinence Products Program (PIPP) are fighting a motion to dismiss their legal challenge to the program. The motion was to be heard October 11, just after Access Press went to press. The legal move dismays the members of ...

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Addressing worker shortage will require many strategies

Addressing worker shortage will require many strategies Ways to address Minnesota’s growing direct care worker shortage continue to be scrutinized. Seven main priorities, along with several related recommendations, are under study by Minnesota’s Olmstead Sub-cabinet and a working group. The report, Recommendations to Expand, Diversify, and Improve Minnesota’s Direct Care and Support Workforce Workplan, was reviewed by the Olmstead Sub-cabinet July 23. A ...

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Disability Day highlights several key needs

Disability Day highlights several key needs With the 2018 Minnesota Legislature in full swing, disability groups are making the case for a wide range of policy and spending bills. The calls for more spending for needed supports and services is bolstered by the budget forecast released at the end of February. A surplus of $329 million is projected. A deficit had ...

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2018 session gets rolling February 20

A short session, a looming election and more than the usual political acrimony loom over the Minnesota’s Legislature’s 2018 session. The gavel falls Tuesday, February 20 and disability advocacy groups will be ready. Hanging over the state capitol this session is a political and legal dispute that could tip control of the Republican-led Senate. DFL Gov. ...

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The year in review: 2017 was a year of challenges for Minnesotans with disabilities

The year in review: 2017 was a year of challenges for Minnesotans with disabilities Another year is finished, and we look back at all of the things that happened, good and bad. Access Press wishes the best for its readers in 2018. JANUARY The 2017 Minnesota Legislature gaveled into session January 3, launching one of the most potentially complex and contentious sessions in recent years. Republican House and Senate leaders and ...

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Stracke spent career as a ‘True Friend’ to many

Stracke spent career as a ‘True Friend’ to many Many happy campers have Ed Stracke to thank for their memories of summer and winter fun. Stracke stepped down January 1 as president and chief executive officer of True Friends, which provides camping and outdoor experiences for Minnesotans with disabilities. He has spent more than 33 years leading the organization. Stracke’s career with people with disabilities, ...

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Changes to skyway hours seen as a barrier to many

Changes to skyway hours seen as a barrier to many For St. Paul Lowertown resident Chris Beckstrom, skyways provide safe passage at night and in inclement weather. He uses a power chair and struggles to get around on snow and ice-covered sidewalks. Nancie has lived and worked in downtown St. Paul for more than 40 years. Downtown living is convenient for someone with lifelong disabilities. She ...

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Care issues scrutinized by committee

February 20, 2018 may be months away. But state lawmakers, Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) staff and people with disabilities are already preparing for the 2018 legislative session’s start. The Senate Committee on Human Services Reform, Finance and Policy met September 20 to review home and community-based services. The issues are being reviewed now with ...

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2017 Charlie Smith Award winner tirelessly makes a difference

2017 Charlie Smith Award winner tirelessly makes a difference Athlete and advocate Mark Braun works to make a difference, one person at a time. His own difficult start in life has resulted in a giving spirit and a desire to help others. As a teen, Braun set the pace for Minnesota high school wheelchair athletes. He is an advocate for people with disabilities, with a ...

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Access woes as skyway changes eyed

In Minnesota, skyways provide protection from the elements and access in downtown areas for residents, workers and business patrons. In St. Paul, a fight over skyway access and nuisance behavior is worrisome to people with disabilities. Changes are proposed to the city’s skyway governance ordinance, including allowing a midnight shutdown instead of the current closing between ...

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Adjourn May 22: Legislature, governor negotiate as talks go down to the wire

Adjourn May 22: Legislature, governor negotiate as talks go down to the wire Brick-and-mortar projects and a bevy of programs and service important to the disability community hang in the balance as the 2017 Minnesota Legislature nears its May 22 adjournment date. Gov. Mark Dayton and leaders in the House and Senate were meeting on budget issues as Access Press went to press. Dayton and Republican leaders of ...

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Waiver lawsuit to proceed

A class action lawsuit centered on management of Minnesota’s Home and Community-Based Waiver Services Program can proceed, a U.S. District Court judge ruled July 28. The court rejected a request by state officials to dismiss the lawsuit, which centers on deprivation of more than $1 billion in services to people with disabilities. The next step could ...

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Many bills stalled: Legislative session’s outcome is disappointing to community

Many bills stalled: Legislative session’s outcome is disappointing to community The 2016 Minnesota Legislature is likely to head back to the capitol this summer. Although the regular session ended May 23, Gov. Mark Dayton’s pocket veto of the tax bill mean state lawmakers will need to come back for a special session. But whether the House, Senate and governor can agree on the terms of a special session wasn’t clear as Access Press went to press. Dayton declined to sign the tax bill ...

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Tight timelines: Self-advocates on the move as 2016 legislative session begins

It’s a daunting combination: a smaller-than-anticipated state surplus, a $1.4 billion bonding bill, a short legislative session and many lawmakers taking their final bows in an election year with every House and Senate seat up for grabs. These are among issues hanging over the 2016 session of the Minnesota Legislature. Legislators went back to work March 8 under the shadow of the contentious 2015 session, which ended without agreement on major measures ...

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One more session of detours

Self-advocates and disability community groups are already immersed in the work of the 2016 Minnesota Legislature. Participation will again take some planning ahead as the session, which began March 8, marks the third and final year of major capitol renovations. It will again be a session with no rallies or events in the rotunda as that area and most of the rest of the capitol remain closed. Groups will either ...

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Annual meeting MA reform will be disability consortium’s focus

Annual meeting MA reform will be disability consortium’s focus Playing off yet another year of construction at the State capitol, the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MN-CCD) will start the 2016 legislative session with a theme of “constructing our future.” More than four dozen members of the consortium attended the group’s annual meeting December 4 at Goodwill-Easter Seals in St. Paul. They looked ahead to the 2016 legislative session, ...

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Olmstead approved; work remains

Approval of Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan September 29 caps almost four years’ efforts. The plan provides clarity as to how people with disabilities will be more fully integrated into the greater community and how supports and services will be provided. However, questions remain about everything from how the plan will be implemented to whether it means ...

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Months of debate: Crisis residence relocation wins long fight

Months of debate: Crisis residence relocation wins long fight People Inc.’s Diane Ahrens Crisis Residence will relocate from St. Paul’s Hamline-Midway area to the Hazel Park area on the city’s East Side. Months of debate at the neighborhood, St. Paul Planning Commission and City Council level ended September 10 with a 5-2 council vote of approval. The council approved a zoning change for 1784 Lacrosse Ave. that allows ...

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August 27 through September 7: More accommodations at Minnesota State Fair

August 27 through September 7:  More accommodations at Minnesota State Fair People with disabilities spoke and the Minnesota State Fair staff listened. The result is more accessible parking spaces, respite space and additional accommodations. Changes have been made to the West End Market’s transit hub, which opened in 2014. The transit hub and new entrance are meant to direct more traffic to the western part of the fairgrounds. [caption id="attachment_19895" align="alignleft" width="275"] The Minnesota State Council on Disability ...

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Access changes set – Employment programs, housing are special session wins

Access changes set – Employment programs, housing are special session wins Gains in employment and housing funding, as well as access to projects funded by the 2008 state Legacy Act, are among highlights of a chaotic, cramped and historic legislative special session June 13. The 2015 Minnesota Legislature wrapped up business in the State Office Building due to capitol renovations. House and Senate and staff members squeezed into hearing rooms ...

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Mental health saw gains: 2015 regular session end had mixed results

With the regular legislative session over, Minnesota’s disability community is weighing its gains and losses. The regular session gaveled to a close May 18, ending with a fight between Gov. Mark Dayton and legislators over education funding. Education – including early childhood to grade 12 special education – is just one of the issues that will be on the table during the early June ...

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Adjournment date nears – Many issues unresolved as legislative session winds down

Adjournment date nears – Many issues unresolved as legislative session winds down Months of lobbying are coming to down to waiting and wondering about Minnesota’s disability communities’ legislation. The Minnesota House and Senate passed health and human services funding bills in late April, sending them to a conference committee that began meeting the first week of May. While both bills contained many priorities for Minnesotans with disabilities and ...

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Women helped meet equipment, health care needs

A generous grant represents a shift in focus for a Minneapolis organization with a long history of helping people in need. The Crippled Child Relief Fund gave $85,000 to EquipaLife, a donation described on page 5 in this issue of Access Press. As fund leaders decide to shift focus and change the group’s name, it’s time to look back at a ...

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