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MOHR impact
June 2019
DSP, Tip of the Spear Award winners
Exceptional relationships, adaptive fitness, outstanding teaching and a passion for people with disabilities are just a few of the elements highlighted with MOHR's 2019 Direct Support Professional (DSP) and Tip of the Spear award winners. Learn more about these inspiring people in the field. -more-
Key legislative accomplishm ents for 2019
Help for direct support professional (DSP) staff wages, more frequent rate updates and the preservation of a rate factor that accounts for participant absences were key accomplishments at the State Capitol this session for disability service providers and the individuals (participants) they serve.

These and more were part of the 2019 Health and Human Services Omnibus Finance Bill, which was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor at the end of May.

“We didn’t get all that we had hoped for, but your advocacy made a difference,” said Julie Johnson, president of the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation (MOHR).

Front and center is a welcomed addition to the Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS) framework to help increase staff wages. A Competitive Workforce Factor (CWF) rate increase of 4.7 percent was approved.

It translates to a service reimbursement rate increase of 4 percent, or $44 million a year in total, according to a summary report from Fredrikson & Byron. This helps to address the negative impacts of a 7 percent cut in 2018. -more-
Please thank your legislators
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Members, please send us your topics for discussion at Legislative Conference
To make the August Legislative Conference even better, MOHR is asking members to email their questions and topics of concern soon. This will allow our field experts time to research and better help you. Please contact Lynn Noren. Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center in Alexandria is the site for the event on August 22 and 23. More info soon.
Functional Industries' story on radio
Lisa Parteh talks about the group's recent Life Enrichment Award from MOHR, and the valuable services the nonprofit provides in the Buffalo area. This an excellent example of community outreach via local media.
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National DSP Recognition Week is in September: Are you planning to promote, recognize and celebrate their contributions this year? Let's start talking about it now.
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'Progress on crucial issues,' MOHR president
By Julie Johnson
The 2019 Minnesota Legislative Session recently adjourned, and we want to thank everyone who contacted their senators and representatives and made their voices heard on policy and funding changes impacting the important services we provide for people with disabilities. In the end, we did not get all that we hoped, but we did make progress on some crucial issues.
 
Our efforts resulted in the addition of a 4.7 percent Competitive Workforce Factor into the Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS). This will go into effect on January 1, 2020, pending federal approval, and will be implemented on a rolling basis as service agreements are renewed. -more-
Nominate Outstanding Disability Employers
Forward-thinking employers who utilize people with disabilities are worthy of honor, respect and celebration.

MOHR recognizes several "Outstanding Disability Employers" each year. Your nominations are needed by August 13. -more details-
Members: Don't miss 2019 Post Session Webinar 6/21
Government relations staff from Fredrikson and Byron are offering a Post Legislative Session Webinar on June 21, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

The event will bring a detailed review of provisions passed this session that impact the finances of MOHR member organizations. Email Cody Holliday for more info.
At long last, advocates see big wins on staff wages

Art program for people with disabilities receives statewide award - KARE 11 TV news

St. Cloud group serving disabled honored - KNSI Radio

Productive Alternatives, Alexandria Opportunities Center to merge - Fergus Falls Daily |
MSS caregiver named Direct Support Professional of the Year Sun Thisweek news

Life, My Choices is MOHR Awards theme - Access Press

MN Life Enrichment Award

Legislators mostly pleased with session - The Osakis Review

Midwest Special Services artists make shoes for WNBA player Jewel Lloyd - KARE 11 News

Letter: We can do better for people with disabilities

Letter: Caregiver wages - Forest Lake Times

'A Whole New World': Lyft, Dakota Co. Partner to Help People With Disabilities

Ruben Rosario: Images from the past still shock but hopefully times have changed

Corporate America Urged To Increase Disability Hiring

Minnesota publisher gives a voice to people with disabilities Fox 9 News

Minneapolis Mayor tours company providing opportunities to those with disabilities