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ARRM is an active member of the Best Life Alliance, formerly known as The 5% Campaign. The Best Life Alliance is a nonpartisan coalition of Minnesota service providers, caregivers, self-advocates, family members, and community partners advocating for Home & Community-Based Services.  We are part of a state-wide movement toward fully person-centered and community-integrated services for people with disabilities and older adults.  

The alliance formed in 2014 and maintains that life in the community is the first and best option for people with disabilities and older Minnesotans, as well as their families, workers and our state as a whole.  The lives that many people with disabilities and older adults build for themselves depend on state funding. Home & Community-Based Services increase independence and allow people to be active participants in their communities. Services foster skill development, provide job coaching, ensure health and safety, allow people to volunteer, and much more. 
People with disabilities, older adults, caregivers, more than 130 organizations, family members, and advocates throughout Minnesota are a part of this major statewide campaign. 

After just ten short weeks, the 2016 legislative session ended on May 22, 2016. While a rate increase for Home & Community-Based Services was not included in the final budget agreement between legislators and Governor Dayton, we are proud of the great work done by thousands of supporters. Together, over the past year, thousands of supporters rallied loudly, met with policymakers at the Capitol, hosted town halls and site visits, and attracted media to shine a bright light on the critical need for funding to support people with disabilities, older adults and caregivers across Minnesota. Our legislation for a 5% rate increase in 2016 was co-authored by 116 legislators.

Our work is not done. We are not going away.  Leaders within the Best Life Alliance are developing new strategies and legislation for next session. The Best Life Alliance supports a rate increase for Home & Community-Based Service in 2017 to address Minnesota’s caregiver and Direct Support Professionals workforce shortage.  It will ensure better compensation for direct care workers, and support more stable, quality services that allow people with disabilities and older adults to live as independently as possible in the community.  


5 Reasons to Support the Best Life Alliance

1.  Minnesotans believe people with disabilities and older adults should live in and contribute to their communities. Community-based services provide greater opportunity to build strong connections with neighbors and the community. A 5% rate increase supports this belief.
2.  Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and Caregivers support your family; shouldn't they be able to support their own?
3.  A 5% increase will help to recruit and retain consistent staff; this is crucial to quality care. Low wages lead to higher staff turnover, creating more stress, less stability and lower quality care.
4.  DSPs and caregivers who support people with disabilities and older Minnesotans have demanding, highly-skilled jobs. A 5% increase shows we value these employees and their commitment to this field.
5.  Community-based services are some of the largest employers in rural Minnesota. A 5% rate increase will support dedicated staff who will put dollars to work in their local communities.

Download Resources about The Best Life Alliance

Election and Voter Resources
Why 5% Can't Wait- messages and story template to give to legislators
Best Life Alliance Fact Sheet
2016 Legislation Fact Sheet
Best Life Alliance Messages
Telling Your Story: Messages for Self-Advocates, Family Members and Staff
2016 Infographic
2016 Best Life Alliance Bill


Upcoming Events

Legislators often host town hall forums within their districts. View our calendar of upcoming legislator events to find out if there is an event near you, then tell them why Home & Community-Based Services matter to you! 

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House Co-Authors                                  

    Representative    Home Town
       District
             
    Susan Allen    Minneapolis    62B
    Paul Anderson
       Starbuck    12B
    Sarah Anderson
       Plymouth    44A
    Jon Applebaum
       Minnetonka    44B
    Joe Atkins
       Inver Grove Heights
       52B
    Jeff Backer
       Browns Valley
       12A
    Dave Baker
       Willmar    17B
    Peggy Bennett
       Albert Lea
       27A
    David Bly
       Northfield    20B
    Lyndon Carlson
       Crystal    45A
    Jack Considine
       Mankato    19B
    Brian Daniels
       Faribault    24B
    Greg Davids
       Preston    28B
    Matt Dean
       Dellwood    38B
    Bob Dettmer
       Forest Lake
       39A
    Rob Ecklund
       International Falls
       03A
    Ron Erhardt
       Edina    49A
    Sondra Erickson
       Princeton
       15A
    Dan Fabian
       Roseau    01A
    Peter Fischer
       Maplewood    43A
    Kelly Fenton
       Woodbury    53B
    Peggy Flanagan
       St. Louis Park
       46A
    Mary Franson
       Alexandria    08B
    Mike Freiberg
       Golden Valley
       45B
    Glenn Gruenhagen
       Glencoe    18B
    Bob Gunther
       Fairmont    23A
    Laurie Halverson
       Eagan    51B
    Rod Hamilton
       Mountain Lake
       22B
    Dave Hancock
       Bemidji
       02A
    Rick Hansen
       South St. Paul
       52A
    Melissa Hortman
       Brooklyn Park
       36B
    Jason Isaacson
       Little Canada
       42B
    Clark Johnson
       North Mankato
       19A
    Sheldon Johnson
       St. Paul
       67B
    Tim Kelly    Red Wing
       21A
    Debra Kiel    Crookston    01B
    Jon Koznick
       Lakeville    58A
    Ron Kresha
       Little Falls
       09B
    Carolyn Laine
       Columbia Heights
       41B
    Tina Liebling    Rochester    26A
    Ben Lien
       Moorhead    04A
    Leon Lillie
       North St. Paul
       43B
    Kathy Lohmer
       Stillwater
       39B
    Jenifer Loon
       Eden Prairie
       48B
    Bob Loonan
       Shakopee    55A
    Dale Lueck
       Aitkin    10B
    Tara Mack
       Apple Valley
       57A
    Carlos Mariani
       St. Paul
       65B
    Paul Marquart
       Dilworth    04B
    Sandra Masin
       Eagan    51A
    Joe McDonald    Delano    29A
    Denny McNamara
       Hastings    54B
    Jason Metsa    Virginia    06B
    Tim Miller
       Prinsburg    17A
    Erin Murphy
       St. Paul
       64A
    Jerry Newton
       Coon Rapids 
       37A
    Bud Nornes    Fergus Falls
       08A
    Kim Norton
       Rochester    25B
    Tim O'Driscoll
       Sartell    13B
    Marion O'Neill
       Maple Lake
       29B
    John Petersburg
       Waseca    24A
    Roz Peterson
       Lakeville    56B
    Nels Pierson
       Rochester    26B
    Jeanne Poppe
       Austin    27B
    Jason Rarick
       Pine City
       11B
    Paul Rosenthal
       Edina    49B
    Tim Sanders
       Blaine    37B
    Dan Schoen
       Cottage Grove
       54A
    Joe Schomacker
       Luverne    22A
    Jennifer Schultz
       Duluth    07A
    Yvonne Selcer
       Minnetonka    48A
    Erik Simonson
       Duluth    07B
    Chris Swedzinski
       Ghent    16A
    Paul Thissen
       Minneapolis    61B
    Paul Torkelson
       Hanska    16B
    Mark Uglem
       Champlin    36A
    Dean Urdahl
       Grove City
       18A
    JoAnn Ward
       Woodbury    53A
    Anna Wills
       Apple Valley
       57B
    Barb Yarusso
       Shoreview    42A
    Cheryl Youakim
       Hopkins    46B
    Nick Zerwas
       Elk River
       30A


    Senate Co-Authors

    Senator 
       Home Town
      District 
             
    Jim Abeler
       Anoka    35
    Bruce Anderson
       Buffalo    29
    Michelle Benson
     Ham Lake
       31
    Dave Brown
     Becker    15
    Jim Carlson
     Eagan    51
    Greg Clausen
       Apple Valley
       57
    Kevin Dahle
       Northfield    20
    Gary Dahms
       Redwood Falls
       16
    Chris Eaton
       Brooklyn Center
       40
    Kent Eken
       Twin Valley
       04
    Michelle Fischbach
       Paynesville    13
    Melisa Franzen
       Edina    49
    Dan Hall
       Burnsville    56
    David Hann
       Eden Prairie
       48
    Foung Hawj
       St. Paul
       67
    Jeff Hayden
       Minneapolis    62
    John Hoffman
       Champlin    36
    Bill Ingebrigtsen
       Alexandria    08
    Vicki Jensen
       Owatonna    24
    Susan Kent
       Woodbury    53
    Mary Kiffmeyer
       Big Lake
       30
    Lyle Koenen
       Clara City
       17
    John Marty
       Roseville    66
    Jeremy Miller
       Winona    28
    Carla Nelson
       Rochester    26
    Sean Nienow
       Cambridge    32
    Roger Reinert
       Duluth    07
    Julie Rosen
       Vernon Center
       23
    Matt Schmit
       Red Wing
       21
    David Senjem
       Rochester    25
    Kathy Sheran
       Mankato    19
    Dan Sparks
       Austin    27
    LeRoy Stumpf
       Plummer    01
    Charles Wiger
       Maplewood    43


    Best Life Alliance Supporters
    Legislator 
       Home Town
       District
             
    Sen. Terri Bonoff
       Minnetonka    44
    Rep. Karen Clark
       Minneapolis    62A
    Sen. Ann Rest
       New Hope
       45

       
       
             
        



    For more information:

    Grassroots and Legislative Questions:
    Sara Grafstrom, 
    Director of Advocacy and Community Relations, ARRM
    sgrafstrom@arrm.org
    651-291-1086, ext. 8

    Media Inquiries
    Julie Peters,
    Communications Director, Opportunity Partners
    jpeters@opportunities.org
    Office: 952-930-4208
    Cell: 952-451-7527

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