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Providing information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.


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The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) was established on October 28, 1971. The GCDD is authorized under Minnesota Statute 16B.054 and 16B.055. Colleen Wieck is the Executive Director.

State Plan period: October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2016.

Membership Rotation Plan: The GCDD is composed of 25 members appointed for three-year terms with a maximum of two consecutive terms. Each member is appointed by the Governor from among state residents. The GCDD members represent the Departments of Education; Employment and Economic Development, and Human Services; the Institute on Community Integration (University Center for Excellence) and the Minnesota Disability Law Center (Protection and Advocacy system). Nongovernmental agencies and private nonprofit organizations are also represented.

Current GCDD Members:

Anne Barnwell
Roberta Blomster
Peg Booth
Jennifer Giesen
Brian Gustafson
Anne Hennessey
Shawn Holmes
Tom Holtgrewe
Loraine Jensen
Matt Kamer
Susan Kratzke
Steve Kuntz
Louis Lenzmeier
Stevie K. Nelson
Derek Nord
Marisa Novak
Linda Obright
Jeff Pearson, Chair
Dan Reed
Connie Roy
Bryan Schmidt
Barbara Schultz
Stacey Vogele
Wendy Wangen
Susan Wehrenberg


The Designated State Agency (DSA) for the GCDD is the Minnesota Department of Administration. The DSA was designated in 1991. Spencer Cronk is the Commissioner of the Department.

The GCDD does not provide or pay for direct services to persons with developmental disabilities. The GCDD does not have a Memorandum of Understanding with the DSA.

Roles and Responsibilities of the DSA related to the GCDD: The Minnesota Department of Administration is one of the oldest state agencies. Its mission is to help customers succeed. It has a wide range of activities that serve citizens and state government.

As the DSA, the Department of Administration provides administrative services for the GCDD including financial management and reporting, human resources, information technology support, disaster recovery planning, real estate management services, risk management insurance, and overall supervision and support services.

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The GCDD is funded under the provisions of P.L. 106-402. The federal law also provides funding to the Minnesota Disability Law Center,the state Protection and Advocacy System, and to the Institute on Community Integration, the state University Center for Excellence. The Minnesota network of programs works to increase the IPSII of people with developmental disabilities and families into community life.