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The Arc Minnesota’s Larson steps down after long career

A well-deserved retirement means Minnesotans with disabilities are saying goodbye to one of their strongest champions and legislative strategists. Steve Larson, senior policy director for The Arc Minnesota, stepped down July 7. He and his wife Joan Breslin Larson were honored at a retirement party June 28. While he’ll miss his work and the many people ...

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Larson’s leadership made a difference for many people

Larson’s leadership made a difference for many people Steve Larson work with people with disabilities goes back to the 1970s and 1980s where he started his career in Rochester and with Olmsted County. Steve and his wife Joan began their careers working in group homes for persons with intellectual and developmental challenges. He knows what it’s like to be a direct service worker. ...

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Consistent staff equals quality care

I am excited to be co-chairing the Best Life Alliance, formerly The 5% Campaign, this year. I am grateful to so many of you who helped advocate for a rate increase for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) for people with disabilities and older adults over the last few years. But our work is not done! As you may know, ...

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Council funding, waiting list reductions are gains

In addition to The 5% Campaign, the elimination of Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities (MA-EPD) premiums, and the reform of MA, The Arc Minnesota and its advocacy partners focused on five other bills this session to make positive changes in disability services and supports. Four of the five bills were included in the final health and human services omnibus bill ...

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The Arc Minnesota outlines its 2015 legislative priorities

Arc Minnesota 2015 Legislative Priorities: The 2015 legislative session is an opportunity for members of The Arc to improve the quality of our services, reduce the waiting lists, lower or eliminate parental fees, and raise Medical Assistance income and asset standards for people with disabilities and their families. The new legislature, with a House Republican majority and a Senate Democratic majority, creates a dynamic for an environment in which ...

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Editorial: Ensuring services meet the needs of all

Over the past four decades, Minnesota has made major strides in moving its system of supporting people with disabilities, from one based in institutions to one where people are supported in their communities across the state. We can be proud of this accomplishment. What we haven’t developed is a comprehensive, statewide system to ensure that ...

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View public dollars as investment, not entitlement

Editor’s note: This is excerpted from testimony recently given at a hearing on Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan. My name is Steve Larson, the Senior Policy Director for The Arc Minnesota. The Arc Minnesota provides advocacy and supports for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. During a recent planning process The Arc developed the following ...

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MN-CCD poised to make key changes

The Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MN-CCD) continues to implement a reorganization plan that will bring many changes for the people and groups it serves. MN-CCD members groups heard an update on the plan during the annual meeting Oct. 29. Joel Ulland of UCare chaired the reorganization committee, which formed two years ago. The group ...

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Nominees share a commitment to community service

Nominees share a commitment to community service The field of candidate for the 2012 Charlie Smith Award was one of the strongest in the history of the honors. It was a very difficult choice for the Access Press Board of Directors. Here is a look at the finalists:   Sue Abderholden “Sue Abderholden’s ability to balance being diplomatic with toughness and assertiveness makes her a ...

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Cuts reversed but the funding battles are far from over

We were pleased to see some of the cuts from 2011 reversed. We thank leaders from both parties who worked to roll back those cuts when the extra money from HMOs became available. These are not permanent victories, however. The wage cuts to personal care attendants were only delayed until July 1, 2013. The 1.67% cut ...

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The Arc Minnesota gives feedback to Obama administration

The Arc Minnesota gives feedback to Obama administration  Representatives from The Arc Minnesota had a rare opportunity to hear directly from senior Obama administration officials on disabilities. The five Minnesotans were among 150 invited guests from The Arc groups across the nation. They took part in the White House Community Leaders Briefing on disability issues, held on Feb. 10. “This briefing reminded me how ...

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Arc, self-advocates wary of legislation

Advocates for special education are keeping a close eye on the 2012 Minnesota Legislature. That is in part because of actions during the 2011 session that threatened their programs. The Arc Minnesota will make protecting Minnesota’s special education laws and rules a top priority for 2012. That means being vigilant to guard programs and services against ...

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MN-CCD eyes reorganization, staff changes

The Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MN-CCD) is weighing changes designed to make the group more sustainable and effective. Following a Nov. 17 membership meeting in St. Paul, MN-CCD member organizations are discussing a proposed reorganization. Groups will weigh in Dec. 14 when they meet again. If the changes are approved, they would be ...

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Town hall forums announced

The Minnesota Consortium for Citizens for Disabilities (MN CCD) hosts a series of town hall forums this fall to explain the various state budget impacts, and to gather information from the public. Policymakers will be on hand to listen to concerns. Weeks after the 2011 special session of the Minnesota Legislature, advocates that serve people with ...

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A tough legislative session is grinding on

Minnesotans with disabilities, senior citizens and their advocates continue to face uncertainty about day-to-day life as the Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton prepare to sort out the health and human services budgets. As Access Press went to press, the two budgets were headed to conference committee.  The bills, when adopted by the House and Senate ...

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Reform and redesign offer the best hope for taxpayers and people with disabilities

There’s a deficit problem in St. Paul that goes beyond the $5 billion budget shortfall. This deficit involves a lack of innovation in some programs, as much as any lack of funding. It’s a shortfall of efficiency and accountability in other areas, as much as any shortfall in staff or resources. Compounding the problem, there’s ...

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Advocates want cuts to be restored

Advocates want cuts to be restored With so much still in play during the 2011 legislative session, Minnesotans with disabilities should not be treated like hockey pucks. Disappointment over Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed budget and its $775 million in health and human services cuts has given way to calls to reduce the cuts to service.   The challenge of protecting essential services ...

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Minnesotans rally for services at Disability Day

Minnesotans rally for services at Disability Day Self-advocates with disabilities, their family members, support staff and other disability advocates are hoping that a crowded state capitol rotunda convinces state officials to support disability services. More than 330 people attended the January 25 Disability Matters Day at the Capitol rally. With massive state budget cuts looming, it was an early mobilizing event in ...

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20 Years of Access Press – Testimonials

Access Press has been presenting the disability community with a forum to exchange ideas and bring actions issues of concern for all persons with disabilities. I look forward to a continuation of these opportunities from Access Press for another 20 years. Keep it up! -- Rick Cárdenas, Co-director of ACT   We’re happy to help support the 20th ...

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