ALLY People Solutions Fundraising Luncheon: Finding A Way. Together.

 Met New People and Met Funding Goal for Workforce Development Initiative!

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On Veteran’s Day, ALLY People Solutions hosted its first annual Fundraising Luncheon at the Ties Event Center.  Over 150 guests joined us to honor ALLY participant, staff, community and business partner veterans and former service members and hear an inspired speech on Service to Community by Former Senator Becky Lourey.  Special Thanks to all who attended and received and ALLY Community Award:

ALLY Business Partner of the Year – Quanex Building Products – hiring ALLY Program Participants for over 20 Years – Thank You Quanex

ALLY Community Partner of the Year – Metro Transit – hiring ALLY Program Participants for Green Line Grand Opening and promotional positions.

ALLY Ambassador of the Year – Jeffrey Henneman of Thrivent Financial for his dedication to supporting the mission of advancing the career and life goals of people with disabilities.

ALLY Senator of the Year – Senator John Hoffman for his work on behalf of the disability and veterans’ community – supporting employment, equal opportunity and human services for those in need of support toward greater independence.

ALLY Volunteer of the Year – Eugene Mason who has served as the Chair of the Board for ALLY People Solutions and who is a parent of a program participant.

ALLY Consumer of the Year – Darrin R., who has advanced his career at Skylark Dry Cleaners by taking on a peer mentor and managerial role, receiving a promotion and benefits. He is a role model for his colleagues and fellow consumers alike.

Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan – Policy Changes for People with Disabilities

Click Here for Information on Olmstead Act Nationally

Click Here for Information on Olmstead Plan in Minnesota

About the Olmstead Plan

In December of 2011, the Department of Human Services (the Department) and the Plaintiffs in the Jensen et al v. Minnesota Department of Human Services, et al. Court File No. 09-cv-1775 entered into a settlement agreement that requires the development of a Minnesota Olmstead Plan.

In 2012, Minnesota’s Olmstead Planning Committee was formed and included individuals with disabilities, family members, providers, advocates and senior decision-makers from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and they made recommendations to the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services. Members of the Minnesota Olmstead Planning Committee were either appointed as part of the Jensen Settlement Agreement or by mutual agreement between the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Plaintiffs, from a diverse pool of interested persons from around the state, through a public application process.

Minnesota Olmstead Planning Committee members were not paid for their service. All members shared the belief that inclusion in community life isn’t just good for people with disabilities, it’s good for everyone. The Minnesota Olmstead Planning Committee discussed public programs to see what works, what doesn’t work, and how to fix the parts that don’t work. On October 23, 2012, Minnesota’s Olmstead Planning Committee presented a report to DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. The report included recommendations to ensure that Minnesotans with disabilities have choices about where they live and are served in community settings more suitable to their needs and desires.

One of the Committee’s recommendations asked “that the Governor establish an Olmstead Sub-Cabinet to ensure the most efficient and effective inter-agency coordination, planning and implementation of an Olmstead Plan.”

In January 2013, Governor Mark Dayton issued an Executive Order establishing a Sub-Cabinet to develop and implement a comprehensive plan supporting freedom of choice and opportunity for people with disabilities. The Olmstead Plan Sub-Cabinet, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon, includes the Commissioners or Commissioner’s designee from the following State agencies: Department of Human Services; Minnesota Housing Finance Agency; Department of Employment and Economic Development; Department of Transportation; Department of Corrections; Department of Health; Department of Human Rights; and Department of Education. Representatives from the Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities are ex officio members of the Sub-Cabinet.

The Sub-Cabinet will evaluate policies, programs, statutes and regulations of state agencies against the standards set forth in the Olmstead decision to determine whether any should be revised or modified or require legislative action in an effort to improve the availability of community-based services for people with disabilities. The Sub-Cabinet will seek input from consumers, families of consumers, advocacy organizations, service providers and others.

Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan is available on the Documents page.

Donors Make Impact

Screen Shot 2013-03-19 at 11.47.11 AMOur donors are Allies in this work. Donations have direct impact on the services we offer and we are thrilled to have partners as we walk together with consumers.

With your donation you can help us:

  • Purchase a van;
  • Sponsor opportunities for consumers to attend self-advocacy events;
  • Purchase computers and software for consumer computer labs;
  • Enable staff members to improve skills;
  • Purchase elevated gardens at our branches.

We invite to become an Ally. Your generosity has impact on the lives of our consumers. We are glad to count you as a partner in this important work. Finding a Way. Together.

Ally is a resource to people who are challenged by mental health conditions

Ally People Solutions is an approved vendor to provide pre-vocational and supported employment services to people who have mental health concerns. We can help by providing a supportive branch to attend, structure, a consistent schedule, social interaction and opportunities to develop new job skills or brush up on existing ones. People who use these services often have:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Depression
  • High Anxiety
  • Bi-polar
  • Schizophrenia
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Psychosis
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Organic Brain Deterioration

To find out how Ally People Solutions can help, Please call 651-288-8896 to speak with Joan Decker, Director of Consumer Supports and Staff Development. (JDecker@ AllyPeopleSolutions.org).