State Quality Council

BACKGROUND:

The Minnesota State Quality Council, first convened in 2012, was appointed in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to improve the quality of services provided to people with disabilities (Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.097). Members include people from stakeholder groups such as: people with disabilities and their family members, service providers, lead agencies, advocacy organizations, Regional Quality Council representatives, Ombudsman, and DHS management. The Council works to ensure a system that is person centered and focuses on quality of services and supports in the lives of people with disabilities.

MISSION:

Improve quality of services and supports for Minnesotans with disabilities.

VISION:

People with disabilities are empowered to define their services through which they live with dignity and choice.

VALUES:

  • Quality
    We are committed to quality services as defined by the individual’s informed choice in accessing the right supports, of the right amount, at the right time.
  • Connection
    We connect with Minnesotans with disabilities statewide to understand their lived experience.
  • Collaboration
    We work with Minnesotans with disabilities, family members, providers, lead agencies, and the Department of Human Services to create solutions that improve the quality of services.
  • Stewardship
    We prioritize the effective use of public funds that contribute to a system that ensures services match the needs of individuals with disabilities.
  • Equity
    We recognize that Minnesotans with disabilities are equal, contributing members of society.
  • Innovation
    We are proactive in exploring new and emerging supports, services, and resources that promote quality.

Goals:

    • Identify systems-level service quality improvement priorities such as person-centered outcomes related to employment and community living.
    • Use identified priorities, best practices, and barriers to provide recommendations to decision-makers within state agencies and the Minnesota legislature.
    • Support Regional Quality Councils that evaluate service quality on individual, regional and state systems levels, and identify best practices and barriers in service delivery.
    • Create and expand knowledge, understanding, and awareness of the State Quality Council among key stakeholder groups – including Minnesotans with disabilities, their family members, providers, lead agencies, and elected officials.
    • Build relationships with other stakeholders working to advance quality improvement initiatives such as person-centered planning, competitive employment, and community inclusion as well as identify opportunities for partnership and collaboration.
    • Expand existing and develop additional Regional Quality Councils throughout Minnesota.
  • Support efforts to create positive systems change through legislative advocacy.

Where can I learn more?

You can find general information on the State Quality Council’s DHS page.

or you can contact directly

State Quality Council Chair

Mickey Kyler
mickeyk@independenceplusmn.com