|Annual Report 2003
The Governors Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is part of the Minnesota network of programs funded under P.L. 106-402, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act). The DD Act also funds the Minnesota Disability Law Center, the designated Protection and Advocacy System, and the Institute on Community Integration, a University Center for Excellence, at the University of Minnesota.
The business of the GCDD is to provide information, education, and training to increase knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) of people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Council Members FFY 2003
Jackie Mlynarczyk, Chair
We extend our appreciation to outgoing members Laurie Berner, Terry Cikanek, Mary O'Hara Anderson, and Teri Wallace for their years of service.
FEDERAL OUTCOMES (IPSII)
Independence: Personal freedom to make choices and have control over services, supports, and other assistance the individual receives;
Self-determination: Authority to make decisions, control resources and develop personal leadership skills;
Productivity: Meaningful income-producing work or volunteer work that contributes to a household or the community;
Integration and Inclusion: Full participation in the same community activities as people without disabilities.
The Minnesota GCDD received $1,041,526 from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities for FFY 2003. Of that amount, 70% was allocated for grants and contracts to fulfill the goals of the GCDDs Five-Year State Plan approved by the federal government.
1. Partners in Policymaking®: The Minnesota GCDD has sponsored Partners in Policymaking courses since May 1, 1987. In FFY 2003, Class 21 graduated with 30 self advocates and family members. Participants evaluated themselves at the beginning of the program year on the federal outcomes of IPSII and again at graduation. The following changes were reported: On a 5 point scale, independence increased from 3.7 to 4.6; productivity increased from 3.6 to 4.1; self determination increased from 3.6 to 4.4; and integration and inclusion increased from 3.4 to 4.0. The graduates rated knowledge gained at 4.5, usefulness of the course at 4.5, and quality of training at 4.6.
Minnesota has over 600 graduates. A survey of all Partners programs was conducted in 2003, and there are 12,300 graduates in the United States and less than 1,000 in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Supplier: Government Training Service
2. Partners Online: The Partners in Policymaking course is being converted to online e-learning courses during this five-year planning cycle. The first online course, Making Your Case, teaches the competencies of communicating effectively with public officials.
Supplier: ZenMation, Inc.
3. Cultural Outreach: The GCDD funded cultural outreach programs in the African American, Native American and Hispanic communities in FFY 2003. Thirty individuals graduated from these training programs. In assessing IPSII, the graduates rated themselves on a 5 point scale. The scores for IPSII ranged from 4.0 5.0. The graduates also rated the programs as 4.6 in knowledge gained, 4.6 in usefulness, and 4.6 in quality of training.
Suppliers: Terry Swanson (African American and American Indian programs) and CLUES (Hispanic program).
4. Longitudinal Studies of Partners in Policymaking: Since 1988, Tom Zirpoli has conducted external evaluations of the Partners classes. During FFY 2003, Dr. Zirpoli surveyed graduates from the previous five classes. The results indicated that 97% of the respondents are receiving the services and supports they need; 92% have the advocacy skills they need; and 100% have the leadership skills they need. In terms of federal outcomes, the respondents indicated 94% increased independence, 77% increased productivity, 95% increased self determination, and 100% increased integration and inclusion.
Supplier: Tim Zirpoli, Ph.D.
5. Partners in Policymaking Graduate Workshops: In FFY 2003, four workshops were held on the topics of self determination and funding streams (two workshops), the data practices act, and a guest lecture by Bengt Nirje from Sweden. One hundred graduates attended the workshops and evaluated them as follows: 4.6 for knowledge gained, 4.7 for usefulness, and 4.7 for quality of training on a 5 point scale.
Supplier: Government Training Service
6. Partners in Employment: Since 1998, the GCDD has worked with employers to increase the employment of people with developmental disabilities through education and training activities. A six hour self directed e-learning course, Partners in Employment, was completed and tested. This course teaches people how to find a job of your own choice, prepare a resume, approach the hiring process, handle interviews, and career planning.
Supplier: ZenMation, Inc.
In addition, 12 individuals with developmental disabilities were employed in preparing resource packets for the Partners in Policymaking program. Eighteen individuals were employed scanning approximately 28,600 pages of grant records, Partners in Policymaking records, and historical documents about Minnesotas deinstitutionalization efforts; and burning CD ROMs for transfer to the GCDDs web site.
Supplier: Metro Work Center
7. Self Advocacy: The GCDD funded People First of Minnesota to strengthen three new self advocacy groups started in FFY2002 and begin new groups, to increase the number of self advocates as trainers by five, actively involve 50 new self advocates in these groups, and increase the participation of five self advocates in coalitions.
Supplier: People First of Minnesota
8. Publications: In FFY 2003, the GCDD disseminated 36,263 print publications and 82,781 downloads from the GCDD web site. The evaluation scores averaged 9.2 on a 10 point scale. One hundred percent of the respondents indicated the publications were useful.
Its My Choice
Making Your Case
Its Never Too Early, Its Never Too Late
Stories of Leadership
Supplier: Advantage Business Center (dissemination)
9. E-Government Services: The GCDD web site is the largest on the state of Minnesota server. Thirty-two products and services have been converted to electronic formats. In FFY 2003, there were 87,261 unique visitors to the GCDD web sites.
Supplier: Master Communications Group
E-Government Services provide a Return on Investment (ROI) in terms of increased productivity, efficiency, market growth, and cycle time as shown in the chart:
10. Training Co-sponsorships: The GCDD cosponsored nine training conferences with Arc Great Rivers, Fraser, Down Syndrome Association of MN, MnDACA, Metro Self Advocacy Coalition, Arc Hennepin-Carver, Arc Central MN, Arc MN, Autism Society of MN. The total number of conference attendees was 1,517. The overall rating of the conferences was 8.6 (10 point scale) and 90% of the participants rated the conferences as useful/helpful.
11. Customer Research: In FFY 2003, the GCDD conducted a customer satisfaction survey of electronic government services. Thirty customers participated in focus groups or in-depth interviews. The customers formed a consensus about key features or qualities that are most valued in web sites. The customers also completed comparison rankings of best practices web sites as well as offering suggestions for an ideal web site.
Supplier: MarketResponse International
12. Quality Improvement: Since 1997, the GCDD has aligned its work to the Baldrige Criteria. In FFY 2003, a total of 505 hours of training on quality were received by staff and GCDD members. Three GCDD members were trained as MN Council for Quality evaluators.
Suppliers: Minnesota Council for Quality and Quality Culture Institute
During this year, the GCDD had 117,380 customer contacts with 3,271 customer satisfaction surveys completed. Over 98% of the surveys indicated very high levels of satisfaction.
We addressed the following public policy issues during FFY 2003 at the state level:
The following public policy issues were addressed at the federal level during FFY 2003:
During FFY 2003, our collaboration activities with the Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) and the Institute on Community Integration (UCE) included:
The State Legislative session and budget crisis created new opportunities to work together. The MDLC was successful in restoring potential cuts; and the UCE and GCDD supported this effort by providing witnesses and studies.
The Minnesota Network promoted self determination and supported a waiver amendment submitted by the Department of Human Services that included payment of parents of minor children.
Training events, including the Association of Minnesota Counties Conference, promoted self determination.
The Minnesota Network continued efforts to prevent abuse and neglect; a process diagram of the Vulnerable Adult Act was created.
The UCE and GCDD responded to a request for assistance from the MDLC to prepare for a Department of Education task force on positive behavior supports.
The UCE and GCDD voted on MDLC priorities.
The MDLC and UCE participated in renewing the GCDDs Five Year State Plan.
The MDLC and GCDD were consulted about the UCEs Five Year funding application to the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.
All web sites are linked and all annual reports begin with a discussion about the Minnesota Network.
All three groups participated in several training activities, online learning events, and quality inservice workshops.
Resources are shared among all three groups.
All three groups have representatives on each of the others committees.