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Positive Supports Community of Practice

Information on training and technical assistance opportunities available along with resources on positive support

  • What is the Positive Support Community of Practice (PSCoP)?

    The Positive Support Community of Practice is a community of practice dedicated to the transition from punitive and aversive practices to positive supports. Its mission is to offer training and technical assistance to teams operating under the standards of Minn. Stat. chapter 245D. Facilitated by DHS, meetings include:

    • Opportunities to receive technical assistance
    • Training opportunities from experts
    • Updates on Minnesota’s efforts to reduce punitive practices

    Contributors to the community of practice include experts, people receiving services, providers, case managers, advocates and family members of people with disabilities.

  • What is positive support?

    Positive support is any strategy that teaches a person productive, alternative strategies or behaviors to deal with times of stress without the use of aversive or punishing procedures.

  • Where can I obtain individual assistance in transitioning to positive supports?

    Here is a list of providers and resources that can help your organization make the switch to positive supports. The list includes providers that offer training to you and your staff, help with creating Positive Support Transition Plans and online training opportunities, including the recently available College of Direct Supports training topics.

  • Why was the Positive Support Community of Practice created?

    DHS created the Positive Support Community of Practice to offer training and help to providers licensed under Minn. Stat. chapter 245D transition to the new regulation and away from the use of punitive practices. Minn. Stat. chapter 245D went into effect on Jan 1, 2014, and was created to meet a number of state and federal mandates. More information is available on the history of Waiver Provider Standards initiative and the Rule 40 Modernization process.

  • What is the Jensen Settlement?

    In July 2009, a federal class-action lawsuit was filed on behalf of individuals who had been subjected to seclusion or restraint at the Minnesota Extended Treatment Options (METO) program.  The METO program was located in Cambridge, Minn.  The lawsuit heard by U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank, was based in part on a report by the Office of Ombudsman’s for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.
    Rather than a trial, on Dec. 5, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota adopted a Settlement Agreement (PDF). More information about the settlement is available on the DHS Jensen Settlement Web page.

Upcoming related meetings

October 7, 2014

245D licensing standards

Time: 10 a.m. to noon

Register on TrainLink

Join the VirtualPresence session in one of two ways:
1. At a county site via video conference - sites listed on the session flyer (PDF)
2. Livestream link via the Internet from your computer or smart phone (this link is not available until 30 minutes before the start of the presentation)

October 14, 2014

245D behavioral support and intervention standards

Time: 10 a.m. to noon

Save the date. More information will be available soon.

Upcoming PSCoP meetings

October 28, 2014

Topic TBA

Time: 10 a.m. to noon

Save the date. More information will be available soon.

Archive of past meetings

Training material and handouts from past PSCoP meetings are on the Disability Services Division Training Handouts Archive page.

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