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Regional News in Review – November 2018

Regional News in Review – November 2018 Websites become access target Parking lots and building need to be accessible, so websites should be, too. Minnesota has its first lawsuit centered on inaccessible government websites. This fall Noah J. McCourt, a disability advocate with autism from Waconia, sued Carver County and the cities of Norwood Young America and Chanhassen in U.S. District Court. McCourt contends ...

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Regional News in Review – October 2018

Regional News in Review – October 2018 Thompson Hall is fundraising focus Thompson Hall is fundraising focus Deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing Minnesotans are rallying to raise funds for the Charles Thompson Memorial Hall in St Paul. The social hall, which is more than a century old, is the focus of a campaign to make the building handicapped-accessible. The hall is more than ...

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Regional New in Review – September 2018

Massive complaint backlog resolved State health regulators have eliminated a massive backlog of unresolved complaints alleging abuse and neglect at Minnesota senior care facilities. They are also committing to speed up investigations into new complaints. That’s a huge turnaround from taking months if not years to get complaints handled. Those delays infuriated family members of abuse ...

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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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Regional News in Review – April 2018

Greater Minnesota needs transit help Funding for the public transportation system in Greater Minnesota is falling off pace for what it would cost to pay for growing ridership estimates, according to a state report. By 2025, the tax-supported transit system that serves Minnesotans outside the Twin Cities metro area is scheduled to accommodate 17 million outstate ...

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Regional News in Review – March 2018

Complaint backlog eliminated Weeks of hard work by state regulators have virtually eliminated a giant backlog of unresolved complaints alleging abuse and neglect at Minnesota senior care facilities. State officials have also modernized the state’s complaint-intake system. It’s a turning point for a stepped-up effort to deal with thousands of reports of neglect, abuse and financial ...

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Regional News in Review – February 2018

Malcolm to lead health department Former Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner and veteran health care executive Jan Malcolm is returning to lead the state agency. Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointment January 31. Malcom will lead at a time when the state faces questions over senior housing and care center problems. Malcolm led the department under Gov. ...

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Regional News in Review – January 2018

Safety program is proposed All too easily, vulnerable adults can wander off from their homes. That can be a dangerous problem in places like Minnesota where temperatures can dip well below freezing. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, is concerned about the number of such incidents in her state. She sees the problem as preventable with simple ...

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Regional News in Review – December 2017

Task force looks at abuse Abuses in Minnesota nursing homes will be scrutinized by a state task force. Gov. Mark Dayton made that announcement after the Star Tribune newspaper published a series of articles about abuse. The articles described physical and sexual abuse of nursing home residents, facilities that repeatedly violation state regulations, and even facilities ...

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Regional News in Review – November 2017

Regional News in Review – November 2017 Intermedia Arts to sell building Intermedia Arts now plans to move ahead with the sale of its landmark building in Uptown Minneapolis, after laying off all its staff in September. The sale marks the end of an era for the region’s arts community, including artists with disabilities. The graffiti art-covered building has hosted gallery shows, festivals, theater ...

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Regional News in Review – August 2017

Regional News in Review – August 2017 Fargo group goes on after accident Performing for Change, a Grand Forks performing arts company that operates under Self-Advocacy Solutions, North Dakota and the LISTEN Center, made a Chicago trip in July with heavy hearts. The group was chosen earlier this year to perform at one of the nation's largest gatherings promoting pride among people with ...

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Regional News in Review – July 2017

Regional News in Review – July 2017 Skyway access fight goes on A squabble over skyway access at the Railroader Printing Building isn’t over, despite a 4-3 June 21 St. Paul City Council vote requiring that the Mears Park property stay open until 2 a.m. After the council vote building manager Jaunae Brooks said she would continue to close the building doors at ...

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Regional News in Review – June 2017

Regional News in Review – June 2017 Accessible playground work underway Minnesota’s largest playground for children with disabilities is under construction at Cottage Grove’s Woodridge Park. The 24,000-square-foot playground will be completed by the end of September, said Molly Pietruszewski, the city’s recreation supervisor. The fundraising goal of $800,000 was reached on May 17, when the Lions Club International Foundation made the $100,000 ...

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Regional News in Review – March 2017

Safety concerns highlighted Some lawmakers are demanding answers after a Fox 9 investigation highlighted safety concerns involving Metro Mobility, a taxpayer-funded ride service for the elderly and people with disabilities. Sandra Kline was seriously hurt after one of her rides. She was trying to exit a lift when it malfunctioned and her wheel chair tipped. She ...

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Regional News in Review – February 2017

Human rights offices are proposed Gov. Mark Dayton's two-year budget plan seeks an additional $2.3 million to add human rights offices in Rochester, Duluth, and Worthington. Each office would have two employees. Currently, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights has offices in St. Paul and St. Cloud. The budget would also add a second employee at the ...

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Regional News in Review – January 2017

University program focuses on mental health A few dozen University of Minnesota faculty members in late 2016 started receiving training through a pilot program that organizers hope can help promote good mental health and support students in need of help. The Minnesota Daily reported that the new "mental health advocates" program teaches faculty and staff how to ...

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Regional News in Review – February 2016

More Starkey Hearing woes Starkey Hearing Technologies continues to be roiled by litigation and claims of wrongdoing. In January Julie Miller, a 39-year Starkey employee and former executive assistant, sued Starkey. She is accusing the firm of breaching her employment contract and dismissing her for being married to a Starkey official who was fired. The company responded by accusing Miller of receiving payments ...

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Regional News in Review – January 2016

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has awarded an Otter Tail County collaborative $1 million as part of a federally funded demonstration to better understand and expand the use of personal health records for older adults and people with disabilities receiving Medicaid-funded long-term services and supports. The Otter Tail Personal Health Record Collaborative will use the funding from now through March 2018 to ...

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Regional News in Review – December 2015

Pay-for-performance program awards $9.5 million across the state Nursing homes throughout Minnesota will launch a variety of quality improvement efforts - leading to outcomes such as better sleep, fewer falls, less depression and lower staff turnover—with a total of $9.5 million in funding through a Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) program. Under the Performance-based Incentive Payment Program, nursing homes sign contracts with DHS ...

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Regional News in Review – July 2015

Regional News in Review – July 2015 Contract covers workers now About 27,000 Minnesota personal care attendants, who help the aged and disabled remain in their homes and out of institutions, are now covered by a contract. As of July 1, the workers are covered by a first-ever contract negotiated between the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the state of Minnesota. The contract guarantees a wage floor of ...

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Regional News in Review – June 2015

Regional News in Review – June 2015 State takes control of two nursing homes The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has assumed control of two nursing homes, in Faribault and Owatonna. The action was taken to protect the well-being of nursing home residents. The owners of the Faribault Care Center, which has 52 residents, and the Owatonna Care center, which has 36 residents, were unable to financially support the facilities. ...

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Regional News in Review – March 2015

Construction waste is cited Veterans with disabilities are blowing the whistle on waste by the Veterans Administration (VA) at the campus of the St. Cloud VA Medical Center. As part of the $90 million project, new buildings are going up and old ones are being remodeled. Nearly $90 million are being put into projects to help ...

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Regional News in Review – February 2015

Latest legal move is dismissed Attempts to block unionization of Minnesota’s 27,000 home health care workers were thwarted January 26 when U.S. District Judge Michael Davis dismissed a lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed last year by Edina attorney Douglas Seaton, represented six workers who provide home care services to people with disabilities and family members. Seaton’s clients want to block implementation of a state law ...

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Regional News in Review – May 2014

  Treatment of patron, service dog results in lawsuit A federal lawsuit alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been filed against a north Minneapolis McDonald’s restaurant. Robert Mingo, 52, of Minneapolis, contends that on two occasions, he and his service dog met resistance when they entered the restaurant and tried to order food ...

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Regional News in Review – February 2014

Deaf man is robbed, beaten Four people are charged in connection with a mid-January incident in which a deaf man was robbed and beaten in downtown St. Paul. The 35-year-old crime victim, who knew his attackers, sustained bruises and a deep laceration to the back of the head. When St. Paul Police found the bloodied victim on ...

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