About the Metro Regional Quality Council

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Meet the Metro Regional Quality Council:

The Metro Regional Quality Council is a group of people working together to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. This region serves Dakota, Hennepin and Scott counties.

 

Purpose of the Metro Regional Quality Council:

The purpose of the Metro Regional Quality Council is to connect with and promote all communities of people with disabilities so that services and supports help them to live a life based on their hopes and dreams. The council will work together to continually monitor and improve the quality of services and supports for people with disabilities. The council seeks to improve person-centered outcomes, quality of life indicators, and to drive overall systems change.

What does the Metro Regional Quality Council Do?

The primary tasks of the council are:

  • Develop and implement a quality improvement system based on person-centered principles.
  • Promote best practices and address gaps in services, based on information gathered.
  • Make recommendations for statewide changes to improve quality of services.

How does the Metro Regional Quality Council Accomplish their Goals?

The Metro Regional Quality Council has identified employment and the support staff shortage to be areas of priority.  To focus the council’s efforts on these areas, the MRQC has developed two workgroups devoted to planning, implementing, and evaluating quality improvement projects within the areas of employment and the support staff shortage.

Learn more about this work on our Metro Quality Improvement Page

We are gathering information and want to hear from you! Share your experiences by attending a focus groups or informational interview.

Contact Angie Guenther, MRQC Project Manager, for more details.

952-915-3669

angieguenther@arcminnesota.org

Who is the Metro Regional Quality Council?

The Metro Regional Quality Council membership consists of individuals with disabilities, their families, county workers, the Department of Human Services, The Office of the Ombudsman, service providers and community members. The Metro Regional Quality Council is funded by the State of Minnesota and The Arc Minnesota is the fiscal host.

 

Metro Regional Quality Council Staff

 
Angie Guenther

Regional Quality Council Project Manager
View Angie’s Profile

Metro Regional Quality Council Members and Guests:

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Photo Taken at August 2020 MRQC Meeting

Pictured Top Row (L to R):  Judi Marie Ringe – Advocate; Angie Guenther – Metro Regional Quality Council Project Manager; Robert Morneau – Regional Ombudsman; Frank Kadwell – Guest
         
Pictured Second Row (L to R): Paris Gatlin – The Arc Minnesota; Dr. Mohamed (Mourssi) Alfash – Advocate; Jeffrey Nurick – Advocate; Diane Sjolander – Advocate;
         
Pictured Third Row (L to R): Rebecca St. Martin – Advocate; Tayler Guccione – Metro Regional Quality Council Project Associate; Makayla Owens – MRQC Intern; Kyle Dennis – Department of Human Services
         
Pictured Bottom Row (L to R): Chelsea Lorenz – Dakota County; Erin Paredes – Dakota County; Poppy Sundquist – Guest; Caption Services provided by Access Resources

Not pictured: Mary Gaasch – Hammer Residences;  Joe Cuoco – Supportive Living; Rhonda Godfrey – Advocate; Rod Carlson – Living Well Disability Services; Katie Elleraas – Scott County; Tim Sullivan – Hennepin County

 

When does the Metro Regional Quality Council meet?

The Metro Regional Quality Council meets the second Friday of every month, from 9:00am-11:00am at The Arc Minnesota Office. (2446 University Ave. W, Ste. 110, St Paul, MN, 55114)

Due to COVID-19, the MRQC is meeting remotely through 2020.  Please contact the project manager for the Zoom information if you would like to join the meeting as a guest.

View our calendar of upcoming events and meetings.

 

How do I become a member of the Metro Regional Quality Council?

Individuals interested in becoming a member of the council must fill out the Metro Regional Quality Council application and submit it to the Metro Regional Quality Council Project Manager. The council will review the application of the interested party and take into consideration if the individual is able to meet all of the membership requirements and commitments. The council will also take into consideration current number of members and gaps in required membership at the time the application is received. After the consideration process has taken place, council members will vote on accepting new members to the council.

If you are interested in becoming a MRQC member or if you would like to learn more about the council, read our Metro Regional Quality Council Charter



The Metro Regional Quality Council wants to hear from you!

The MRQC knows that getting and maintaining employment can be a challenge for people with disabilities. The council is working to understand and improve experiences around employment and the support staff shortage.  We want to hear your story! We are hosting focus groups and informational interviews with:

-People with disabilities

-Family members of people with disabilities

-Case managers

-Employment support professionals

-Employers

-Direct care staff

-Service providers

Contact Angie Guenther, MRQC Project Manager, for more details.

952-915-3669

angieguenther@arcminnesota.org

 

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