What are the Regional Quality Councils?
The Regional Quality Councils (RQCs) were developed from the State Quality Council. The RQCs work to examine and improve services for people with disabilities in their specific regions. The RQCs also encourage community involvement and advocacy.
Currently, there are three Regional Quality Councils:
– Arrowhead (Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties)
– Metro (Hennepin, Scott, and Dakota counties)
– Region 10 (Olmsted, Houston and Wabasha counties).
All three councils are based at local chapters of The Arc. The Arc is the fiscal agent for this project.
The Regional Quality Councils have shifted their work away from Person-Centered Quality Reviews towards quality improvement work. The goal of this work is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities based on the results of the Quality Reviews in each region. The RQC’s do this by:
- Connecting with the community through listening sessions, focus groups and informational interviews.
- Collaborating with community partners to include all voices in the disabilities community.
- Gathering and reviewing data on the quality of services and supports for people with disabilities.
- Tracking and monitoring different systems that shape the quality of life for people with disabilities.
- Creating and sharing resources for different audiences.
- Attending conferences and trainings to learn new ways of improving the quality of services and supports for people with disabilities.
Check out each RQC’s page for more information on their quality improvement work!
Read and share our Regional Quality Council (RQC) Handout
Read and share our RQC General Brochure
Tasks of Each Role
Regional Quality Council Staff (Administrative Assistant, Program Coordinator, Council Manager, Project Manager, RQC intern): Some of the duties of RQC staff include creating agendas for council meetings, holding council meetings, creating training material, attending conferences in order to represent the RQC, writing reports on disability services data recorded for each region, communicating with State Quality Council members, and more. Each RQC has a manager or coordinator. At this time there is one administrative assistant involved with the project.
Council member: Councils are made up of providers, persons with disabilities, family members of persons with disabilities, RQC staff, and other community stakeholders. Councils meet once per month to discuss RQC project progress, conferences/trainings/work groups related to disability, community concerns, and more.
Volunteer: Volunteers will assist the Regional Quality Council in gaining a better understanding of what is needed in their region to help improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. Examples of volunteer tasks may include: Learning to facilitate or assist in facilitating a focus group, community conversation, listening session, or informational interview, as well as gathering and recording information from these facilitations. Volunteers will attend training to assist them in learning and demonstrating their assigned role. Please see the Become a Volunteer page for details.
How to Get Involved
Are you interested in getting involved with the RQC as a volunteer, council member, or other participant? Contact your local RQC coordinator/manager for more information.
Regional Quality Councils 2019 Year in Review
Together, the Regional Quality Councils collaborated on many tasks and projects. Work accomplished in 2019 includes, but is not limited to, reviewing and updating our Person-Centered Quality Review tools, evaluating and streamlining the Agile Apps Database, and participating in State Quality Council meetings and workgroups. The RQCs also worked together on conferences, community outreach efforts, presentations, marketing materials, and website updates.
Click HERE to read the Regional Quality Councils Year in Review.