In the mid-1970s, access to community facilities exploded. In just six years, the number of facilities increased from just 12 in 1970 to 116 in 1976. Two years later, the number had increased to 200.
In the Twin Cities, the Developmental Disabilities Task Force of the Metropolitan Council was created and staffed by Toni Lippert with Mary Hinze as chair.
The process of developing a group home also became more complicated with new steps added such as needs determination, zoning permits, funding and licensing.