Public Policy

Advocating for stronger disability services

ARRM works to ensure Minnesota's public policy and regulatory environment promotes the independence, health and safety of people with disabilities and strengthens our members' ability to support them. We achieve this by identifying policies that will create positive changes to our disability services system and help achieve the goals and ideals laid out in guiding principles such as the Minnesota Olmstead Plan, working with legislators and supporting coalitions to pass these policies at the state and federal level. Several ARRM member-committees shape the organization's policy platform and revisit it on an annual basis.

Download the 2018 ARRM Legislative Agenda handout

2018 Priorities

Invest in Individuals, support the Best Life Alliance legislation (SF 2889/ HF 3191)

ARRM is an active member in the Best Life Alliance Coalition. This year, the Best Life Alliance legislation stabilizes and strengthens the ability of Minnesotans with disabilities to access the valuable supports they rely on for health, safety, and living out fulfilling lives in our communities as independently as possible.

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Policy reform (SF 2483/ HF 2911)

ARRM’s 2018 Policy Bill builds off of the important policy legislation that ARRM passed in 2017. This bill seeks to continue the advancement of technology in the lives of people with disabilities as well as make necessary changes to allow for a more efficient way of providing important services:

  • Enhance Technology use
  • Maximize Staff Capacity
  • Create Sensible Staff Qualifications

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Account for Unfunded Regulations (SF 3176/ HF XXXX)

HCBS providers are unique as private businesses in that they can have unfunded government regulations placed upon them but little to not ability to adjust their cost of services to reflect increased expenses and increased quality of services. With over 95% of revenue coming from state and federal determined Medicaid reimbursement rates, costly mandates force providers to choose between innovative services, staff wages, serving individuals or simply keeping their doors open.

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Sara Grafstrom
Director of Member Advocacy and Government Relations
651-291-1086 x. 8