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Employment First

Minnesota's plan for competitive, integrated employment

Many people with disabilities want an opportunity to be part of the general workforce, but don’t see how it’s possible or aren’t given resources they need to work. Minnesota works to help people with disabilities find competitive, integrated employment. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) supports an Employment First approach.

During the 2020 first special session, the Minnesota Legislature added Employment First language to state law, writing, “It is the policy of this state that all working-age Minnesotans with disabilities can work, want to work, and can achieve competitive integrated employment, and that each working-age Minnesotan with a disability be offered the opportunity to work and earn a competitive wage before being offered other supports and services.”

For more information about Minnesota’s Employment First efforts, see Minnesota’s Employment First Policy webpage.

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