Living Well Disability Services continues to lead with and support a variety of legislative efforts. As a result, the following impacts were possible via targeted leadership decisions and work made in collaboration with other providers, organizations and advocates.

ARRM put out a thorough legislative summary you can read here. The short story is that 2024 was supposed to be a quiet year at the State Capitol, but it turned out to be anything but boring. According to Sue Schettle, ARRM CEO, and Sara Grafstrom, ARRM Senior Director State and Federal Policy, “In 2023, with control of the Minnesota House of Representatives, the Minnesota Senate (albeit by a razor thin, one seat majority) and the Governor’s office, DFL state legislators passed the largest budget in state history. Large investments were made in education, human services, and the environment. However, shaky financial forecasts in late 2023 snuffed out many high hopes for additional spending in the 2024 Legislative Session, with most political prognosticators agreeing that a capital investment bill, also known as a bonding bill, would be the only “big ticket” item likely to pass.

In preparation for the 2024 Legislative Session, ARRM and their member-led committees rolled up their sleeves to craft a lengthy list of policy provisions. These provisions were aimed at easing workforce shortages in disability services, cleaning up outdated regulations, and growing the use of critical tools, like assistive technology.

Against the backdrop of an unpredictable and fast-moving session came more than 1,000 self-advocates, Direct Support Professionals, site managers and member organization leadership to advocate for ARRM’s legislative agenda during Disability Services Day at the Capitol. These collective voices continue to be ARRM’s most impactful and influential lobbying tool.

Despite unforeseen hurdles and final hour theatrics in the House and Senate, ARRM was able to deliver on a number of important policy provisions, including preemption of local rental license regulations on residential settings, streamlining and standardizing the use of technology services, and allowing more staff to be able to pass medications.”

We will be covering much of this information during our Family Advocacy Meeting that is scheduled for July 25, 2024, at 6:15PM. This meeting is to be open to the public and will be held virtually. If you are interested in attending or participating, please contact Lisa.Murillo@livingwell.org to get a link. If you have specific questions, please email Rod.Carlson@livingwell.org.

To learn more about state agencies and how they work, which can help you understand legislative advocacy, check out this article from Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Nonprofit News (Page 5).

 

 

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