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September 2019
What to love about support people
Here's a day brightener, DSP impacts put to song.
Video: Meet ANCOR's DSP of Year
Governor proclaims DSP Week
View Gov. Walz's Proclamation (PDF) and the DSP Week video from Best LIfe Alliance below:
Engaging Legislative Conference looks to 2020
MOHR member leaders assembled in Alexandria in August to hear from DHS, get updates on transportation funding, the new wage theft law and other items.

Extended Employment leaders from MOHR and lobbyist Shep Harris presented to the group. Lobbyist Kevin Goodno gave a 2019 session recap and look forward.

“There was a certain relative return to normalcy with this last legislative session,” said Goodno. “A number of people will say this is the toughest legislative session they’ve ever been through. I say that every year.”

The 2020 session is a non-budget year and starts six weeks later than typical, Goodno explained. This means the work is compressed.

In a non-budget year, legislators don’t have to pass any bills, Goodno explained. The exception is if they show the budget for the biennium is going into a deficit.

“They have a constitutional mandate to balance the budget,” he said. In a surplus situation, going into an election, legislators will “have a hard time not spending that money to show that they’re doing good things.”

The conference concluded with attendees posting their comments and priorities on large sheet displays. These will help guide MOHR’s Government Affairs Committee as it forms the organization’s legislative priorities for 2020.
Comments on HCBS waivers needed by September 27
The DHS Disability Services Division has opened its comment period regarding amendments to several disability waivers. MOHR is urging a prompt response with comments from members and others in support of the Competitive Workforce Factor. Send them no later than September 27 to DSD.PublicComments@state.mn.us

Understanding autism, moving ahead
PAI's Ben Cownie, above right, with "Moose" Shaun Hastings, the owner of Strauss Skates and Bicycles.
Customized support for people on the autism spectrum is a specialty at PAI- Parkway in White Bear Lake, which has grown its program more than six-fold since it started as a pilot offering more than six years ago.

“As they say, ‘If you know one person with autism, then you know one person with autism,’” said PAI Vice President of Operations Alicia McCallum, referring to the variation she sees.

People with the diagnosis may have difficulty with social communication and interaction, restricted areas of interest and repetitive behaviors, she said. Each has a unique set of skills, strengths, challenges and support needs. -more-
DSP Week news events in third and fourth largest Minnesota cities
The cities of Rochester and Duluth each hosted news conferences to celebrate DSP Week in Minnesota, which runs from September 8 to 15. ARRM, a member with MOHR in the Best Life Alliance, helped organize the effort.




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Member NEWS
Ability Building Center in Rochester has a new executive director, after the retirement of Bruce Remme, who served the organization for three years.

Wayne Stenberg, above left, who has more than 20 years of nonprofit experience, started on September 4. See the Y105 Radio story. Read the news release from ABC.

Do you have a new executive director? Has your organization merged with another? Is there other news to share? Please send it to us for possible inclusion in MOHR impact.
MOHR to announce 'Outstanding Disability Employers' soon
The scores are in and are being tabulated for MOHR's 2019 Outstanding Disability Employer Awards. Thanks to all of our members for their interest. For those who didn't submit a nomination this year, would you put it on your "to do" list for next summer?
In the NEWS
Cedar Valley, MSS recognize DSPs-

Departing Minn. DHS commissioner says state should break up agency-

Independence is a team effort at CHOICE-

Duluth employers turn to people with disabilities to curb labor shortages -

New roommate matchmaker Rumi connects caregivers, people with disabilities-
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