Section Two: Reviewing the Year
Every year the GCDD prepares an annual report for the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD). The annual report describes what the GCDD did with the federal funding and what was achieved.
STRATEGIC DIRECTION STATEMENT
In its Three Year Plan for October 2000 to September 30, 2003, the GCDD described the following strategic direction:1
By 2003, the GCDD will be recognized as a national leader in advancing the independence, productivity, integration and inclusion (IPII) of people with developmental disabilities and families through the primary products of
The strategies within these three areas are as follows:
Partners in Policymaking
In November 2000, the DD Act was amended and state developmental disabilities councils moved to a five-year planning cycle.
Communications and Training
Publications and resource materials will be available free of charge in accessible formats.
All products and services will be converted to web accessible formats in accordance with Electronic Government Services objectives.
Training conferences will be cosponsored annually.
I speak up and I have become more independent.
Customer Focus and Quality Improvement
Research will be conducted on customer needs, requirements, and expectations. Customer satisfaction data will be collected systematically.
The GCDD and suppliers will increase their knowledge, understanding, and application of the Baldrige framework.
WHAT WE DID, WITH WHOM, WITH WHAT RESULTS
Partners in Policymaking ®
33 individuals graduated from the Partners program bringing the five-year total (1997-2002) to 146 graduates. The Partners curriculum covers 11 topics in eight weekend sessions. Participants are involved in a minimum of 128 hours of competency based instruction. They learn about best practices in education, technology, housing, and employment; and gain knowledge and experience in working with elected officials for systems change.
Partners is the best thing I have ever done.
At the end of the program, participants were asked to rank their independence productivity, integration and inclusion (IPII) on a five point scale, where 5 is the highest. Their average scores were:
In each case, this was an increase over their rankings at the beginning of the class.
In years past, Partners graduates were asked if their IPII levels had increased because of the Partners program. In the four classes between 1997 and 1999, graduates most often reported an increase in their independence (from 83% to 100%). Slightly fewer reported an increase in integration and inclusion (from 78% to 85%). Not surprisingly, because of the nature of the Partners curriculum, graduates are less likely to report increases in productivity levels (from 56% to 78%).
I got an apartment by myself. I started the job of my dreams.
Workshops for Partners Graduates
At the end of the workshops, participants ranked their IPII levels as follows:
Partners graduates certainly appear to see themselves as increasing their IPII, both as a result of follow up workshops and also because they continue to use their skills over time.
Longitudinal Study of Partners Graduates
I learned about rights and responsibilities.
Similar outreach and training programs have been held in the American Indian and Hispanic communities. As a result of these efforts, at least 17 participants have gone on to become Partners graduates.
In 2000, eight American Indian parents and 12 Hispanic parents of children with developmental disabilities participated in focus groups conducted around family support needs, requirements, and expectations. The focus groups documented and clarified service gaps in the minority communities, and prompted an interest among the parents in forming a Family Support Council.
Partners for Employers
Thirty-two hours of training on quality principles, based on the Baldrige Criteria were provided at Rochester Community and Technical College.
In addition, 16 people with developmental disabilities were supported as employees to prepare resource packets for the Parents in Policymaking weekend sessions.
All voters should have a copy of Making Your Case.
Communications and Training
Publications and Resource Materials
In this one year, 2,069 orders were received, resulting in the distribution of 30,103 publications and 5,599 CD-ROMs. Publications and resources on person centered planning are in particularly high demand. Making Your Case, a booklet that offers techniques and insights for effective communication skills in the legislative process and how to positively influence public policy at all levels of government, was updated. More than 3,000 copies of the updated edition were distributed during the past year.
For three years, our customers have said our publications are useful and helpful between 97% and 99% of the time. When asked to rate our publications on a scale of 1-10 (with 10 as highest), the average score this year was 9.2
The GCDD responds to technical assistance requests on a daily basis. During the year, a total of 1,209 technical assistance requests were handled.
The CD ROM is an incredibly detailed and accurate history.
The GCDDs web site is the largest on the State of Minnesota server.
As a result of these training conferences, participants reported the following increases in their levels of IPII:
I have applied Baldrige to my family, my school, and my job. It works!
Customer Focus and Quality Improvement
The Framework has guided the GCDDs efforts to design a systematic process of surveying customers and gathering satisfaction/dissatisfaction data to ensure that GCDD members, staff, and suppliers are focused on quality performance and improving business results.
One thousand questionnaires were sent out and 300 were returned. Highlights of the survey are as follows.
In the business world, the standard is 80% satisfaction anything less is a signal that your business is in crisis. None of the satisfaction data from the survey was above 80%.
60% of respondents were satisfied with their level of independence.
62% of respondents were satisfied with their level of productivity.
64% of respondents were satisfied with their level of integration.
55% of respondents were satisfied with their level of inclusion.
25% of respondents were dissatisfied with the education/special education services they were receiving. Almost one third of the respondents believed their concerns were not addressed promptly or professionally.
All levels of government received low satisfaction ratings. County and state government each received a rating of 5.5 (scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the highest). The federal government received a rating of 4.9
The GCDD has embraced the Baldrige Criteria to improve every facet
GCDD members and staff completed a total of 440.5 hours of training on the Baldrige Framework and quality principles to improve performance, align all activities with IPII results, and focus service design/delivery around customer needs, requirements, and expectations. Suppliers completed 70 hours of quality improvement training.
The GCDD is generally recognized as having made a difference during the past three decades. New ways of thinking about the world and life experiences of people with developmental disabilities have been identified and made accessible to citizens across the country. New ways of thinking result in new demands on the system.
The Emergence of the Developmental Disabilities Act
Build research centers.
Construct public and nonprofit clinical facilities (University Affiliated Facilities or UAFs) for inpatient and outpatient services, and the training of physicians.
Build community facilities.
In July 1964, federal planning funds were awarded to Minnesota under P.L. 88-156, beginning a process that would last three and one half years. Governor Karl Rolvaag appointed the 25 member Minnesota Mental Retardation Planning Council to investigate, deliberate, recommend, and implement action to remedy the effects of many long years of neglect.