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 2019 ARRM Legislative Agenda handout
ARRM supports the Best Life Alliance legislation to implement a Competitive Workforce Factor to address the 17% wage disparity between disability services wages and wages of occupations competing for the same workers.
View the Best Life Alliance 2019 Legislative One-Pager
ARRM’s 2019 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
Support the Spectrum of Services (SF 909/ HF 590)
ICF/DD Services play a critical role in the spectrum of services available to individuals with disabilities. With the implementation of DWRS to set and manage rates for waiver services, IFC/DD service rates have been un-addressed for many years. Our legislation will:
- Make it possible for providers to request rate changes when an individual's needs change
- Reimburse residential providers delivering services during the day at equivalent rates to a day service provider
Account for Unfunded Regulations (SF XXX/ HF XXX)
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.
Sensible Standards and Timelines for Service Termination (SF XXX/ HF XXX)
ARRM proposes creating language within 245D that sets clear expectations around when an appeal to a service termination can be filed and timelines and milestones that must be followed by all interested parties.