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MN-CCD Principles and Policy Priorities
Core principles that the policy committee and working groups take under consideration when discussing policy initiatives and activities that MN-CCD will engage on.
Access to Needed Services
Individuals with disabilities have the same hopes and desires as their non-disabled peers. They want to be healthy, safe, and participate actively in their communities. Doing so often means reliance on multiple public programs and services, be it Medical Assistance, Metro Mobility, or Vocational Rehabilitation Services. In many cases, a person may need all three of these programs to be functioning properly in order to keep a job and earn a paycheck. Access to essential programs and services is critical for individuals with disabilities to live successfully in the community and maximize their health and independence outcomes.
Quality of Care
Access to services and choice of providers will only be meaningful if there are high quality services and providers to choose from. Quality of care is not just a function of state regulations and oversight, but also of targeted state investments in critical disability services.
Empowerment and Choice
Minnesotans with disabilities and those who support them ought to be held accountable for their decisions, but need and deserve to have control over the support services they require to maximize their ability to function as productive and contributing members of society. Increased choice will also influence market forces so that services to people with disabilities are made on the basis of quality, not just cost. Certain options now exist within the Medical Assistance program, such as PCA Choice and Consumer Directed Community Supports, that are consistent with this philosophy, which must also include enough policy oversight to ensure the safety of program participants. Providing information to consumers so that they can make informed decisions – especially financial decisions – is critical.
Policy decisions and the systems they shape must maintain a focus on the person and their needs by putting them in charge of defining the direction for their lives, not on the systems that may or may not be available to serve them. This ultimately leads to greater inclusion as valued members of both community and society.
Criteria that the policy committee and working groups take under consideration when discussing engagement level for MN-CCD policy initiatives and activities.
- CCD can play a critical role in moving this issue forward
- There are coalitions CCD can partner with in advancing the issue
- The issue is so broad that it isn’t a focus for any individual organization or sector of the disability community
- CCD has the capacity to increase collaboration and sense of community
- This issue provides the ability to increase the capacity of CCD and strengthen CCD as an organization in engaging on this issue
- Enhance and develop knowledge and skills of our member organizations (provide training opportunity)
- CCD can be at the table, but isn’t the lead organization
- An organized effort already exists
- The issue can effectively be brought forward through a member organization
- The issue works to advance our cause peripherally
- Other organizations have the time and resources to advance the issue; CCD does not need to position itself to take the central role
- Would our absence reflect poorly on our organization?