Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities - With An Eye to the Past - 1970's - One Step Forward
Introduction 1940s to 50s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
Backwards Slide 13 of 16 Forward

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.

Lippert and Hinze
Toni Lippert (left) and Mary Hinze (right)
led the Metropolitan Council Task Force's
efforts to create a consistent process for
opening and operating group homes.
Toni Lippert

Toni Lippert speaks of her work at the
Metropolitan Council as the regional
planner for developmental disabilities

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