Statewide Independent Living Council

The Minnesota Statewide Independent Living Council (MNSILC) provides statewide planning and policies necessary to provide independent living services to people with disabilities.

Take Our Survey

MNSILC is conducting a statewide needs assessment to understand the experience of people with disabilities in Minnesota. 

If you are an adult with a disability or chronic illness you can participate in the assessment by completing a short survey that will help us understand your needs, particularly with regard to living independently.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. Skip any questions you don't want to answer. Your responses will only be seen by the survey researchers.

Begin the survey now.

Results will inform the writing of the 2017-2019 State Plan for Independent Living. This plan is shared with legislators, advocates, and others and is used to guide our work.

About

MNSILC is a federally mandated council of community volunteers appointed by the governor. This council works collaboratively with the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and coordinates activities with other entities in the state that provide services similar or complementary to independent living services.

The duties of MNSILC under authorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA 2014) include:

  • Jointly develop and sign the State Plan for Independent Living.
  • Monitor, review, and evaluate the implementation of the State Plan.
  • As appropriate, coordinate activities with other entities in the state that provide services similar to or complementary to independent living services, such as entities that facilitate the provision of or provide long-term community-based services and supports.
  • Meet regularly and ensure that all Council meetings are open to the public and sufficient advance notice is provided.
  • Submit to the administrator such periodic reports as the administrator may reasonably request, and keep such records and afford access to such records as the administrator finds necessary to verify the information in such reports.
  • Hold hearings and forums the Council may determine to be necessary to carry out the duties of the Council.

MNSILC also has the following authorities:

  • Work with CILs to coordinate services with public and private entities in order to improve services provided to individuals with disabilities.
  • Conduct resource development activities to support the activities described in the plan or to support the provision of independent living services by CILs.
  • Perform other functions, consistent with the purpose of this chapter and comparable to other functions described in this subsection, as the Council determines to be appropriate.

Vision Statement

By the year 2020, Minnesota will be providing a comprehensive range of independent living services which empower persons with disabilities to live as independently as possible. 

Mission Statement

MNSILC shall advance the philosophy of independent living, maximizing the choices, leadership, empowerment, independence and productivity of persons with disabilities, and promote the integration and full inclusion of persons with disabilities into American society.

Bylaws

Read the MNSILC bylaws.

Members

Current MNSILC Members

Heather Allyn
Elk River, MN
Appt. Date: 1/7/2015  
Term Ends: 1/1/2018
1st Term

Rose Ann Faber
St. Paul, MN
Appt. Date: June 2, 2015
Term Ends: January 7, 2019
1st Term

Heidi Johnson
Bemidji, MN
Appt. Date: 1/28/2013
Term Ends: 1/4/2016
2nd Term

Michele Kyler
Crookston, MN
Appt. Date: 1/28/2013
Term Ends: 1/4/2016
2nd Term

Larry Lura
Minneapolis, MN
Appt. Date: 1/28/2013
Term Ends: 1/4/2016
2nd Term

Mitzi Mellott
Princeton, MN
Appt. Date: 1/21/14
Term Ends: 1/2/2017
1st Term

Mark Mertens
Willmar, MN
Appt. Date: 1/28/2013
Term Ends: 1/4/2016
2nd Term

William Negaard
Vernon Center, MN
Appt. Date: 1/28/2013
Term Ends: 1/4/2016
2nd Term

Shelly Pflaum
Marshal, MN
Appt. Date: 1/7/2015  
Term Ends: 1/1/2018
1st Term  

Suzanne Renfroe
Bloomington, MN
Appt. Date: 1/28/2013
Term Ends: 1/4/2016
2nd Term

William Rudolph
St. Joseph, MN
Appt. Date: 1/28/2013
Term Ends: 1/4/2016
1st Term

Randy Sorensen
East Grand Forks, MN
Appt. Date: 6/30/2011
Term Ends: 1/2/2017
2nd Term

Brian Wagner
Alexandria, MN
Appt. Date: 1/28/1013  
Term Ends: 1/4/2016
1st Term

Non-voting, Ex-Officio Members

Linda Lingen
State Services for the Blind
Appt. Date: 1/28/2013
Term Ends: 1/4/2016
2nd  Term

Brad Westerlund
Department of Employment and Economic Development/Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Appt. Date: 11/26/14
Term Ends: 1/4/16
1st Term

Joan Willshire
Minnesota State Council on Disability
Appt. Date: 1/28/2013
Term Ends: 1/4/2016
1st Term

 

Join

Who Can be Appointed

Any Minnesotan is eligible for membership. Appointments are made by the governor. MNSILC is required by law to ensure that its membership includes statewide representation, a broad range of individual with disabilities from diverse backgrounds, individuals who are knowledgeable about Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and independent living services, and a majority of people who are people with disabilities not employed by a state agency or CIL. Appointments are also based on considerations that include personal qualifications for service. 

The Council's membership must always include:

  • A director of a CIL chosen by the directors of CILs living within the state.
  • Among its voting members, for a state in which one or more CILs are run by, or in conjunction with, the governing bodies of American Indian tribes located on federal or state reservations, at least one representative of the directors of such centers.
  • A representative from the Designated State Entity.

The Council’s membership may also include:

  • Other representatives from CILs.
  • Parents and guardians of individuals with disabilities.
  • Individuals with disabilities.
  • Advocates of and for individual with disabilities.
  • Representatives from private businesses.
  • Representatives from organizations that provide services for individuals with disabilities.
  • Other appropriate individuals.

How to Join

To join, complete the online application and follow its instructions for submission.

For assistance in completing the form:

  • Call the CIL in your area.
  • Call DEED. In the metro area: 651.259.7351. In Greater Minnesota: 800-328-9095. Or TTY: 651-296-3900.
  • Call State Services for the Blind and ask for the Independent Living manager. In the metro area: 651-539-2324. In Greater Minnesota: 800-652-9000.

For more information, contact:

Pam Taylor, MNSILC Coordinator
612-518-1497

Meetings

Date

Location

Time

January 21, 2016

State Services for the Blind

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

March 10, 2016

State Services for the Blind

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

May 12,13, 2016

To be determined

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

June 9, 2016

State Services for the Blind

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

September 8, 2016

State Services for the Blind

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Reports

State Plans

2014-2016

2011-2013 - [Word] or [PDF]

Annual Reports

Independent Living Home Accessibility Needs Assessment

The Minnesota Home Accessibility Modification Services Needs Assessment Report (PDF) assesses the scope of assistance currently delivered, identifies major policy and service delivery gaps, and recommends actions to strengthen delivery capacity.

Contact

For more information, contact:

Pam Taylor, MNSILC Coordinator
Phone: 612-518-1497