The Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation - To Advocate and support members in providing meaningful services to persons with disabilities and communities served.
MOHR impact
July 2019
Small town ADS gem in metro city
Self-described as a quaint downtown, with a six-block main street and a mere 12,000 residents, North St. Paul has what some would consider a community treasure — an Adult Day Services (ADS) program serving people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD).

“Their joy is so real and it rubs off on everybody,” said Service Lead Therese Timbers with Merrick, Inc. “I think that’s what makes our job so magical.”

Located in what was previously a downtown bowling alley, the Merrick satellite site in the Franklyn Center serves 38 clients with a staff of eight. It’s within walking distance of many community resources, which opens doors for ongoing relationships and regular visits.

There are barbershop conversations between clients, staff, and community members, Timbers explains. People ask about the ADS program and learn more. At the library, staff members have books ready for visitors from ADS, know their interests, and even cater to them. -more-
Members: please send us updates
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Assistant DHS Commissioners agree to come back - Pioneer Press

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Top Minn. DHS leaders resign abruptly -

U.S. House Votes to End Subminimum Wage -

2016 column: Ending Commensurate Wage Policy Would be a Mistake for Many . . . Disabled World

New reports on Direct Support Professionals highly low pay, poor benefits - KSTP 5 TV

Opinion: So, Gov. Walz, what about that promise of One Minn.? Access Press

Momentum Growing To End Subminimum Wage - Disability Scoop

Costo shooting is worst nightmare for families of developmentally disabled children -
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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Help us recognize outstanding employers
Employers who see the value that people with disabilities bring to their workplace bring real opportunities to individuals who need them.

Let's show some appreciation! MOHR's Third Annual Outstanding Disability Employer Awards are open for nominations until August 13. Will you help us by asking for, or even sending in a nomination?
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Studies reveal DSP struggles, realities
New reports bring added wage data to light, and reasons why direct support professionals (DSPs) stay at the their jobs, and why they leave.

Stay informed by reading the "Minnesota Direct Support Workforce: Compensation, Stability and Demand 2018 Final Report," and the "Minnesota Direct Support Worker Survey." The survey compiles info from 267 direct support workers.

In collaboration with MOHR and other key players in the industry, the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota assembled the information.
Members, bring your questions to Conference
MOHR relies on feedback and information shared by its members. We are stronger together, and need members to participate fully in the upcoming Legislative Conference. Please contact MOHR President Julie Johnson or Board Member Lynn Noren with your ideas and concerns.

The conference is at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center in Alexandria on August 22 and 23.