Partners and Providers

DHS partners with counties, tribes, providers, consumer groups, advocacy organizations and other partners in human services to address Minnesotans' needs.


State Quality Council


Early 2012, DHS convened a State Quality Assurance Council to improve the quality of services provided to people with disabilities. Minnesota Statute section 256B.097

Key goals

The State Quality Council is committed to a quality system that achieves the following: 

  • Person centered
  • Outcome based
  • Quality driven
  • Effective in its use of public funds


The council includes recipients, family members, providers, advocates, county staff, Region 10 Quality Assurance stakeholders and staff from Disability Services Division, DHS Licensing and the Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. Member list

Meetings are scheduled at the DHS Lafayette Building, 444 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN. DHS has a contract with Advanced Strategies through December 2012 to facilitate the council meetings and processes to build deliverables and meet the council goals. Parking information | Principles to participate

Scheduled meetings

All meetings are scheduled from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Lafayette Building at 444 Lafayette Road in Room L3148:

Jan. 24, 2014
Feb. 28, 2014
March 28, 2014
April 25, 2014
May 16, 2014
June 27, 2014
July 25, 2014
Aug. 22, 2014
Sept. 26, 2014
Oct. 24, 2014
Nov. 21, 2014
Dec. 19, 2014  



The council creates its subcommittees to focus on different areas of need. The following subcommittees are currently meeting.

Governance members:

LeAnn Bieber, Lance Hegland, Steve Larson, Ryan Marshall, Sarah Thorson

Legislative m embers: 

Vicki Gerrits, Alice Hulbert, Steve Larson

Quality indicators members:

LeAnn Biebier, David Hancox, Debra Koop, Steve Larson, Jessica Olson, Daniel Pakonen, Debbra Swnson, Sarah Thoron

Risk issues members:

Lester Bauer, Sean Burke, Vicki Gerrits, Alice Hulbert, Ann Lazzra, Dennis Price, Dennis Theede, Barb Turner, Patricia Winick, Nick Wilke


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