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FIVE YEAR STATE PLAN FFYs 2017 – 2021

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SECTION IV.  FIVE YEAR GOALS

Goal #1: Employment

Employment Goal: Increase opportunities and the supports needed by individuals with developmental disabilities to be employed in integrated settings at or above minimum wage and benefits by:

A. Educating and building the capacity of employers, and implementing employer incentives that contribute to workforce development.

B. Providing individualized, person centered supports that may include technology and are necessary for a broad range of employment options including competitive, customized, or self-employment.

C. Increasing and improving access to inclusive postsecondary education and other career focused training opportunities.

D. Raising the expectations of individuals and families about the importance of having work experiences prior to and during high school (transition years) and increasing their involvement by using and building their relationships and personal networks to reach public and private sector employers, and identify job experiences in the community.

E. Increasing long term sustained employment for adults with job opportunities and careers.

Expected Goal Outcome: 
At the end of the 5 Year Plan, it is expected that there will be an increase in employment numbers; a higher expectation by individuals, families and businesses about employment; an increase in hours worked and wages earned, job choices, and IPSII. At a systems level it expected that the Olmstead measurable goals about employment will be met or exceeded; Employment First policies will be implemented and there will be a greater adoption of customized employment. This goal is the collaboration goal with the UCEDD and the P&A system as noted earlier.

Objectives: 

Objective 1.  By the end of each FFY, at least 10 adults with developmental disabilities will be employed in a broad range of inclusive employment settings.

Objective 2.  By the end of each FFY, at least 10 transition-aged students with developmental disabilities will be enrolled in post-secondary education or employed in a broad range of inclusive employment settings.

Goal #2: Self-Advocacy

Self-Advocacy Goal: Develop a statewide network of well trained and informed self-advocates by fulfilling the federal Developmental Disabilities Act requirements:

A. Establish or strengthen a program for the direct funding of a state self- advocacy organization led by individuals with developmental disabilities including identification of other funding opportunities;

B. Support opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities who are considered leaders to provide leadership training to individuals with developmental disabilities who may become leaders;

C. Support and expand participation of individuals with developmental disabilities in cross disability and culturally diverse leadership coalitions (Public Law 106-402, Section 124(b)(4)(ii));

Expected Goal Outcome: At the end of the 5 Year Plan, it is expected that there will be an increased number of self-advocates who are better trained, become presenters and become actively involved in organizations. It is expected that IPSII will increase and there will be a greater unity of the self-advocacy movement. At the systems level, it is expected that the Olmstead goals about self-advocacy will be met or exceeded.

Objectives:

Objective 1.  By the end of each FFY, establish or strengthen self-advocacy programs, led by individuals with developmental disabilities and assist in identifying alternative funding opportunities.

Objective 2.  By the end of each FFY, at least 50 self-advocates will participate in training sessions each year and 90% will report customer satisfaction and improvement in IPSII.

Objective 3.  By the end of each FFY, at least 10 individuals with developmental disabilities will provide leadership training.

Objective 4.  By the end of each FFY, five individuals with developmental disabilities will participate in cross disability or culturally diverse coalitions.

Goal #3: Leadership Development:

Leadership Development Goal: Support and promote the development of leadership skills for families of children with developmental disabilities and adults with disabilities as advocates, spokespersons, and members of the larger disability rights movement. Educate people about rights, self-determination, engagement in public policy advocacy, and learning best practices in the areas of education, technology, housing, employment, and other aspects of community participation. Provide face to face training, online learning, blended learning, and graduate workshops as a means of reaching people and strengthening personal leadership skills.

Expected Goal Outcome: At the end of the 5 Year Plan it is expected that there will be a great number of individuals with developmental disabilities and family members who are actively engaged in advocacy and become leaders in public policy changes including policies, practices, statutes and rules. It expected that IPSII will increase. At the systems level, it is expected that the Olmstead goals for community engagement and leadership will be met or exceeded. More individuals and family members will be engaged in the Olmstead Plan.

Objectives:

Objective 1. By the end of each FFY, 35 adults with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities will complete 128 hours of leadership training and graduate from the classroom program and 90% will report customer satisfaction and improvement in IPSII.

Objective 2. By the end of each FFY, at least 5 participants will complete one or more Council-sponsored online training courses.

Objective 3. By the end of each FFY, at least one graduate workshop will be offered to 40 graduates and 90% will report customer satisfaction and improvement in IPSII.

Objective 4. By the end of each FFY, longitudinal studies will be conducted to assess the long term effectiveness of the program; 40% of the graduates will participate in the study and 90% will report customer satisfaction and improvement in IPSII.

Goal #4: Training Conferences:

Training Conference Goal: Provide ongoing education and training that reflect and address the outcomes (independence, productivity, self-determination, integration and inclusion) as found in the Developmental Disabilities Act into programs and supports for people with developmental disabilities and their families. These conferences will lead to greater networking and partnering with others across the state through a variety of delivery modes.

Expected Goal Outcome: At the end of the 5 Year Plan, it is expected that there will be greater numbers of professionals and providers who are aware of promising and best practices across the areas of emphasis. At a systems level it is expected that there will be a greater awareness of the Olmstead Plan, WIOA and CMS Final Rules about HCBS waivers.

Objectives:

Objective 1. At least 10 training conferences will be held with at least 1,000 attendees including people with developmental disabilities, family members, professionals and students. At least 90% of attendees will report customer satisfaction and an overall quality rating of at least 8.5 on a 10 point scale for the conference.

Goal #5: Publications, Websites, & Online Learning Courses

Publications, Websites and Online Learning Goal: Provide information, education, and training that increases knowledge, skills and abilities of end users through a broad range of multiple media formats by:

A. Promoting accurate historical archiving of resource materials;

B. Investigating and using the latest technological advancements in communications that may include social networking;

C. Showcasing the positive roles and contributions of people with developmental disabilities; and

D. Increasing marketing efforts to ensure wide dissemination of Council products.

Expected Goal Outcome:

At the end of the 5 Year Plan, it is expected that there will an increase in the number of end users who access historical information about people with developmental disabilities as well as promising and best practices. It is expected that there will be an increase in the number of downloads of information and an increase in the number of people who use apps and access the websites through smartphones. At a systems level, it is expected that there will be an increase in the number of people receiving information about the Olmstead Plan, its evolution, and the resource documents linked to the Olmstead Plan posted on the Council website.

Objectives:

Objective 1. At the end of each FFY, at least 40,000 unique visitors will review online Council resources including websites, online courses, Facebook page, YouTube channel, and Apps. These unique visitors will include people with developmental disabilities, family members, professionals and students. A sample of visitors will report 90% customer satisfaction and improvement in IPSII.

Goal #6: Customer and Market Research

Customer and Market Research: Conduct or commission statewide research studies to measure and assess quality outcomes (independence, productivity, self-determination, integration and inclusion) of the federal Developmental Disabilities Act through annual qualitative and quantitative surveys on new topics/issues or further research on topics/issues previously studied.

Expected Goal Outcome: At the end of the 5 Year Plan it is expected that there will be an increase in the number of people with developmental disabilities and family members who participate in customer research. It is expected that there will be an increase in the number of households that participate in research topics related to developmental disabilities. It is expected that the studies will show an improvement in public attitudes about people with developmental disabilities (the longitudinal study began in 1962 and was repeated in 2007, 2012 and 2017). At a systems level, the survey results will be used to verify results submitted to the US District Court through quarterly reports.

Objectives

Objective 1. By the end of each FFY, a statewide survey will be conducted of at least 100 individuals with developmental disabilities, family members and general households on topics current to the critical issues facing Minnesotans.

Goal #7: Continuous Quality Improvement

Continuous Quality Improvement Goal: Identify and implement an approach that promotes continuous quality improvement and apply the principles to all Council work.

Expected Goal Outcome: At the end of the 5 Year Plan, it is expected that there will be an increase in productivity of Council grants through application of continuous quality improvement techniques. It is expected that there will be confirmation and verification of results reported on the federal performance measures and logic models. At the systems level, it is expected that the Jensen and Olmstead reporting verification processes will be improved because of lessons learned through this sub-grantee.

Objectives:

Objective 1. At the end of each FFY, a quality improvement strategy will be applied to the Council products and services including the 5 Year Plan (logic models for each goal), the AIDD Performance Report, the Annual Work Plan, the Annual Report, and the Monthly Reports. The strategy includes annual verification of at least 200 customer satisfaction surveys completed by people with developmental disabilities and families and 75 stakeholder surveys completed by allies, partners, and professionals.

Goal #8: Cultural Outreach:

Cultural Outreach Goal: Support the development of leadership skills in culturally diverse communities through collaborative efforts with organizations in these communities to increase awareness and knowledge, and develop skills that will encourage participation in other leadership development programs and joining with the larger disability rights movement.

Expected Goal Outcome: This goal is the targeted disparity goal that will enable individuals in this program to have access and enroll in the home and community based waivers. In the past the Council has focused on the north side of Minneapolis because the State Demographer has identified the residents (who are primarily African American) unserved and underserved. According to DHS, there is disparity in enrollment in the DD waiver and other HCBS services.

At the end of the 5 Year Plan, it is expected that enrollment of African Americans using the DD waiver will increase. It is expected that there will be an increase in the number of people from racially, ethnically, or culturally diverse backgrounds who learn their rights and take leadership positions that could influence changes in policy (procedures, practices, statutes, and rules). It is expected that IPSII scores will increase. At the systems level, it is expected that the Olmstead community engagement goals are met or exceeded especially the degree of diversity of the audience reached through community engagement activities.

Objectives:

Objective 1. By the end of each FFY, 20 individuals with developmental disabilities and family members will complete 30 hours of introductory leadership training and 90% will report customer satisfaction and improvement in IPSII.

Objective 2. As a result of participation, at least 5 individuals with developmental disabilities and family members will have access to the home and community based waivers as a means of reducing disparities.

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