There have been several significant legislative actions made recently that threaten the services provided by Achieve Services, Inc. and similar programs. These include the Olmstead Plan and potential changes to the rates for waivered services. We have been actively reaching out to legislators and decision makers within the Minnesota Department of Human Services to ensure that our case is made.
You can help us by contacting your representatives and telling them that the participants at Achieve Services, Inc. are worthy of the best service possible and a one-size-fits-all approach is not appropriate for all individuals.
UPDATE: The Minnesota Department of Human Services has scheduled several meetings to get input from people with disabilities on impending rule changes. You can find out about these sessions here.
How Can You Help?
1) Contact your legislator. Visit the Minnesota District Search and enter your address and zip code to find out which representatives serve your district.
2) Contact the Department of Human Services. This agency is responsible for many of the policies that affect programs for people with disabilities. You can contact them by visiting their official website or sending an e-mail to DSD.PublicComments@state.mn.us.
3) Post on social media. The more people you can get involved, the more likely we are to affect real change. Share one of our blog posts (see below) or post a message of support on our Facebook page.
What Can You Say?
We have created a sample letter that you can send to your legislators. This will also give you some excellent talking points if you have the opportunity to meet any of your representatives in person. Simply download the form and fill in your information:
If you have a story of how Achieve Services has benefited you or someone you love, those are the best types of stories to share. Here are some other great blog posts that you can share with legislators and friends:
- MOHR Impact Newsletter – September 2016
- CEO: Changes in Funding Threaten to Impact Services to Customers – 6/28/2016
- “The Cost of Compassion” – Help Direct Support Professionals – 5/6/2016
- “What They Don’t Tell You About Working with Adults with Developmental Disabilities from The Mighty – 7/22/2015
- “Who Decides Where Autistic Adults Live?” from The Atlantic – 5/26/2015
- “The British Are Coming” Editorial from Merrick’s John Wayne Barker – 3/20/2015
- Providers of Services for People with Disabilities Respond to Olmstead Plan – 12/02/2014
- A Parent Responds to Minnesota’s Employment First Policy – 08/06/2014
- Achieve Services Response to Minnesota’s Employment First Proposal – 07/29/2014
- Achieve Parents Respond to Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan – 08/27/2013
- CEO: People with Disabilities Need More, Not Fewer, Employment Options – 08/12/2013
- Any Personability post that shares the story of an person served by Achieve.
- Advocacy – How to Tell Your Story (PDF)
- Olmstead Commissioners Contact Information (Word)
- Comments on Olmstead Plan from Tom Weaver (Word)
- Person Centered Planning (PDF)
- Disability Waivers Rate System (PDF)
- Olmstead Amicus by Ivan Levy (PDF)
- Minnesota Organization on Habilitation and Rehabilitation (MOHR)
- Best Life Alliance (formerly 5% Campaign)
- Minnesota Families and Advocacy Council (MNFAC)
How Do You Learn More?
Contact us today to set up a tour or answer any questions that you might have.