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Olmstead Plan listening session is Tuesday, May 6, in Bemidji

May 05, 2014

DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson will lead a meeting in which input from individuals with disabilities, their families, advocacy organizations, service providers and others is being sought on modifications to a plan that will help Minnesota develop the next generation of opportunities for people with disabilities. A session will be held today -- Tuesday, May 6 -- from 1 to 3 p.m. at Beltrami Electric Coop, 4111 Technology Drive NW, Bemidji.

Today's meeting marks the first meeting for the Olmstead Plan's new director, Dr. Darlene Zangara.

The working draft for Modifications of the Olmstead Plan is available on the documents page of the Olmstead website. Three documents available:

  • The first document is a full draft where modifications are noted with underlined text for new items and strikethroughs for items to be removed.
  • The second document is a full draft where modifications are not identified with underlines or strikethroughs.
  • The third document includes a summary of the proposed modifications to the Plan as well as a timeline of the process. This summary document is intended to help guide those users that cannot view the underlined text or strikethroughs.

The subcabinet is particularly interested in hearing from people with disabilities and their families about what things need to change in the system regarding housing, employment, transportation, supports and services, and community engagement. The listening sessions will also provide a forum for stakeholders and providers to discuss necessary system changes for improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. 

Minnesota has long been a leader in services for people with disabilities and continues to look for opportunities to help people live as independently as possible and have choices about their lives. As part of the settlement of a 2011 federal court case involving the treatment of clients at a DHS facility, the state set out to develop an Olmstead Plan. The plan is not only intended to carry out the actions agreed to in the settlement but also to chart a course that will help ensure Minnesotans with disabilities have the opportunity to learn, work, and enjoy life in the most integrated setting.

More information about subcabinet listening sessions is on the Olmstead Plan website.

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