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  • Advocating for Change Together (ACT)

    Website: www.selfadvocacy.com
    Phone: 651-641-0297; 800-641-0059
    Email: [email protected]

    Advocating Change Together (ACT) is a grassroots disability rights organization run by and for people with developmental and other disabilities. ACT's mission is to help people across disabilities to see themselves as part of a larger disability rights movement and make connections to other civil and human rights struggles.

  • Arc Greater Twin Cities

    Website: www.arcgreatertwincities.org
    Phone: 952-920-0855
    Email: [email protected]

    Arc Greater Twin Cities is an advocacy organization supporting persons with intellectual and related developmental disabilities and their families across the lifespan. The core services of Arc include information and assistance, individual advocacy, networking groups, sibling programs, self-advocacy training, abuse prevention and public policy advocacy.

  • Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota

    Website: www.arrm.org
    Contact Person: Cheryl Pray
    Phone: 651-291-1086
    Email: [email protected]

    ARRM is a nonprofit association of more than 200 providers, businesses and advocates dedicated to leading the advancement of community-based services that support people living with disabilities in their pursuit of meaningful lives. Founded in 1970, ARRM continues to lead positive industry reforms that support Minnesotans with disabilities. With a variety of communication tools and ongoing trainings, we keep our members updated on the latest topics and trends. Every day we partner with our members and other organizations to advocate for Minnesotans with disabilities and their providers.

  • Dakota County Community Living Services

    Website: www.co.dakota.mn.us
    Contact Person: Colleen Fodness
    Email: [email protected]

    Dakota County's Community Living Services provides case management to eligible individuals residing in Dakota County who have a disability, including brain injury, Intellectual and developmental disabilities. Supporting individuals who have a disability to live an inclusive life in the community of their choice with supports and services needed.

  • Disability Linkage Line

    Website: www.mcil-mn.org/
    Phone: 1-866-333-2466
    Email: [email protected]

    The Disability Linkage Line (DLL) is a free, statewide information and referral resource that provides Minnesotans with disabilities and chronic illnesses a single access point for all disability related questions. DLL provides service to the entire state from six locations: St. Paul, Rochester, Sauk Rapids, Duluth, Bemidji and Brainerd. A trained Options Counselor will be available during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. M-F) to provide one-to-one assistance to help people learn about their options and connect with the supports and services they choose. There is no wrong call to the Disability Linkage Line. Inquiries include requests for information and referrals on disability benefits programs, home modifications, assistive technology, personal assistance services, transition services, accessible housing, employment, social activities and disability rights.

  • Disability Minnesota: Housing

    Disability Minnesota provides a single entry point to over 100 Minnesota state agency programs, products, and services that are devoted to the range of disability issues. We also provide access to laws, statutes, and regulations in pertinent disability-related areas brought to you by a collaborative group of state agencies.

  • Heartstrings Unlimited, Inc.

    Website: heartstringsunlimited.org/index.html
    Contact Person: Sara M. Carson
    Phone: 651-260-0936
    Email: [email protected]

    Heartstrings Unlimited, Inc. is founded on the belief that people with disabilities are "differently abled" individuals. At Heartstrings our programs are equally devoted to preparing for and ensuring independence. Our team practices positive role-modeling, develops and implements realistic goals, and identifies safety as paramount. Heartstrings considers every interaction to be a "teachable moment" and responds passionately to the unique needs of each individual. We believe children and young adults should be active, productive, and contributing members in the community. Who We Serve: A person diagnosed with a Developmental Disability. A person eligible to receive County services (DD or CADI waiver). A person 18+ years of age. A person with the desire and capability to live independently.

  • Hennepin County Front Door Intake

    Phone: 612-348-4111

    Application for case management for a social worker in Hennepin County

  • Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health

    Website: www.hennepin.us/residents/human-services/services-disabilities
    Contact Person: Jerry Mellum, Senior Planning Analyst
    Phone: 612-348-4111
    Email: [email protected]

    Hennepin County offers a broad variety of technical support and can walk you through a continuum of housing options from home ownership to supported living.

  • HousingLink

    Website: www.housinglink.org
    Phone: 612-522-2500
    Email: [email protected]

    HousingLink is a nonprofit organization with a website where low-to-moderate income renters can find affordable rental housing options with accessible features. The website also has educational resources about the rental housing process.

  • Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota

    Website: ici.umn.edu
    Contact Person: Joe Timmons
    Phone: 612-624-5659
    Email: [email protected]

    Through collaborative research, training, and information sharing, the Institute improves policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities are valued by, and contribute to, their communities of choice. We work with service providers, policymakers, educators, advocacy and self-advocacy organizations, researchers, families, and individuals with disabilities around the world to provide state-of-the-art information and practices that support the community inclusion of individuals with disabilities.

  • Mental Health Minnesota

    Website: www.mentalhealthmn.org/
    Contact Person: Emily Ferrell
    Phone: 651-493-6634
    Email: [email protected]

    The mission of Mental Health Minnesota is to enhance mental health, promote individual empowerment, and increase access to treatment and services for persons living with mental illnesses. Our Client Advocacy service helps individuals unravel the complexities of the mental health system, access community resources and develop self-advocacy skills to overcome barriers. The Minnesota Warmline is an anonymous line answered by Certified Peer Support Specialists, and creates a safe environment for people who are working on recovery.

  • Metro Crisis Coordination Program: Residential Housing Openings

    Website: mnopenings.org/
    Phone: 612-869-6811

    The MN. Department of Human Services and the Metro Crisis Coordination Program (MCCP) http://metrocrisis.org have collaborated to create a Web site to search for providers of Community Residential Settings and openings. Consumers and their representatives can go to this site to search by county, type of facility, age, cohort served, etc.

  • Metropolitan Center for Independent Living

    Website: www.mcil-mn.org
    Phone: 651-646-8342
    Email: [email protected]

    MCIL is a Twin Cities metro-based, non-profit 501.c.3 consumer-directed organization founded in 1981. MCIL is dedicated to the full promotion of the Independent Living (IL) philosophy by supporting individuals with disabilities in their personal efforts to pursue self-directed lives.

  • Minneapolis Urban League

    Website: www.mul.org
    Phone: 612-302-3100
    Email: [email protected]

    The Minneapolis Urban League offers housing advocacy, obtaining housing and client discrimination services in its Client Services Program Division. Other Programs include: Economic Development Division, Health Education, Academic Education, Policy Advocacy. It offers these services to all who ask for assistance.

  • Minnesota Association of Centers for Independent Living

    Website: www.macil.org
    Contact Person: Vicki Dalle-Molle, President
    Phone: 507-285-1815
    Email: [email protected]

    Minnesota Association of Centers for Independent Living (MACIL) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to advocate for the independent living needs of persons with disabilities who are citizens of the State of Minnesota. MACIL develops new resources and identifies and provides access to existing resources to enable persons with disabilities to live independently. No proof of documentation or disability is required and most services are free. There are eight center locations in Minnesota and 500 nationwide. Among the services provided are: independent living skills training, information and referral, advocacy and peer counseling.

  • Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance

    Website: www.braininjurymn.org
    Contact Person: Paula St John
    Phone: 612-877-7913
    Email: [email protected]

    The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance works to bring help, hope, and a voice to the 100,000 Minnesotans who live with a disability caused by a brain injury. There are a variety of programs available including resource facilitation. Resource facilitation is information, resources, and access to services and support for children and adults with brain injury and their families throughout the state of Minnesota.

  • Minnesota Department of Human Rights

    Website: www.humanrights.state.mn.us
    Phone: 800-657-3704

    The MN Department of Human Rights’ mission is to make Minnesota discrimination free including discrimination based on disability, family status, public assistance status, sex, national origin and race. The department is a neutral state agency that investigates charges of illegal discrimination including reasonable accommodations made for people with disabilities and housing discrimination.

  • Minnesota Department of Human Services

    Website: www.dhs.state.mn.us
    Contact Person: Melanie Fry, Housing Access Services
    Phone: 651-431-2437
    Email: [email protected]

    The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) helps provide essential services to Minnesota's most vulnerable residents. Working with many others, including counties, tribes and nonprofits, DHS helps ensure that Minnesota seniors, people with disabilities, children and others meet their basic needs and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. While the vast majority of human services in Minnesota are provided by our partners, DHS (at the direction of the governor and Legislature) sets policies and directs the payments for many of the services delivered. As the largest state agency, DHS administers about one-third of the state budget. As a steward of a significant amount of public dollars, DHS takes very seriously our responsibility to provide Minnesotans with high value in terms of both the quality and cost of services. Our largest financial responsibility is to provide health care coverage for low-income Minnesotans. We are also responsible for securing economic assistance for struggling families, providing food support, overseeing child protection and child welfare services, enforcing child support, and providing services for people with mental illness, chemical dependency, or physical or developmental disabilities. Through our licensing services, we ensure that certain minimum standards of care are met in private and public settings for children and vulnerable adults. DHS also provides direct service through our regional offices for people who are deaf or hard of hearing; through DHS Direct Care and Treatment, which provides direct care to people with disabilities; and through the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. Go to the DHS web site. Click on Disabilities > Disability Services for more information on a wide array of topics. For Housing Information click on Economic Supports.

  • Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

    Website: mn.gov/mnddc/
    Contact Person: Colleen Wieck, Ph.D., Executive Director
    Phone: 651-296-4018 | 877-348-0505
    Email: [email protected]

    The mission of the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities is to provide information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The GCDD is funded under provisions of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act)(P.L. 106-402).

  • Minnesota Housing Partnership

    Website: www.mhponline.org
    Phone: 651-649-1710; 800-728-8916

    The Minnesota Housing Partnership offers a comprehensive package of financial and technical resources to increase the supply of affordable housing and to strengthen nonprofit housing developers. These resources include loans, grants, training, VISTA volunteers, organizational support, and housing development coaching. MHP facilitates and funds housing-related planning efforts to ensure that new affordable housing development correlates with workforce needs, minimizes infrastructure costs, and provides links to community services. MHP also supports regional and statewide coordination of planning, resource delivery, educational activities, and homelessness prevention efforts. It also provides training, policy updates, and public education tools to help its partners effectively promote affordable housing. Several programs of the housing partnership are geographically restricted to agencies in Greater Minnesota.

  • Minnesota State Council on Disability

    Website: www.disability.state.mn.us/
    Contact Person: Margot Imdieke Cross, Building Accessibility, Disability parking, Emergency Management
    Phone: 651-361-7802
    Email: [email protected]

    The Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) is an agency that collaborates, advocates, advises and provides information to expand opportunities, increase the quality of life and empower all persons with disabilities. Services are provided to individuals with disabilities and their families, the Governor and Legislature, government and private agencies, employers and the general public.

  • NAMI Minnesota

    Website: www.namihelps.org
    Contact Person: Sue Abderholden, Executive Director
    Phone: 651-645-2948
    Email: [email protected]

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. NAMI offers free education classes, peer led support groups, a help line and advocates for improved policies at the legislature. NAMI also offers early warning signs trainings for teachers, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Ending the Silence class for youth, suicide prevention, classes for youth with mental illnesses, a youth website, and has numerous booklets covering a wide range of topics related to the mental health system including crisis, first psychotic episodes and inpatient hospitalization.

  • National Handicap Housing Institute

    Website: www.nhhiaccessiblehousing.com
    Contact Person: Michael Semsch, President/CEO
    Phone: 651-639-9799

    NHHI is a not for profit developer/owner/manager of affordable housing for low income persons with mobility impairments and for seniors. NHHI has buildings in 11 Minneapolis/St Paul metropolitan locations and one in Mankato. Some locations also have 24 hour attendant care services available.

  • Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

    Website: https://mn.gov/omhdd/
    Contact Person: Roberta Opheim
    Phone: 651-757-1800
    Email: [email protected]

    This agency receives complaints regarding the delivery of services from an agency, facility or program for mental health, developmental disabilities, chemical dependency and emotional disturbance in children.

  • Social Security Administration

    Website: www.socialsecurity.gov
    Phone: 1-800-772-1213

    The Social Security Administration's mission is to deliver Social Security services that meet the changing needs of the public. We run some of the nation's largest entitlement programs: the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Social Security is one of the pillars of America, providing $650 billion in Social Security benefits and SSI payments to approximately 60 million people each year. In addition, we assist people in applying Medicare, including subsidies for the Medicare Prescription Drug Program. For more information about Social Security programs visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov on the Internet or call us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213.

  • Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living

    Website: www.semcil.org
    Phone: 507-285-1815
    Email: [email protected]

    The Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living, Inc. which was founded in 1981, is a non profit organization that promotes independence. Our Independent Living and Personal Care Assistant Programs promote self-sufficiency and help assure that persons with a disability have the same opportunities as members of the general public. Our services are designed for persons of all ages and types of disabilities. SEMCIL is located in Rochester, MN and has offices in Goodhue and Winona Counties. Our service area includes the following counties: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Olmsted, Mower, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona.

  • The Arc Minnesota

    Website: www.thearcofminnesota.org
    Contact Person: Bethany Behling, Housing Access Coordinator
    Phone: 651-523-0823 ext. 101
    Email: [email protected]

    The Arc Minnesota in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services Disability Services Division provides Housing Access Services for adult Minnesotans with disabilities who have been determined eligible for Minnesota Medicaid home care or waiver services. Housing Access Services helps people with disabilities who want to move to homes of their own with: looking for housing, assisting with rental and lease agreements, meetings with landlords/property staff, assisting with applications for publicly financed housing, household budget development, deposits, furnishings, application fees and assisting with related household matters. Housing Access Services has moved over 1,600 people as of March 1, 2016

  • Washington County Community Services

    Provide access to information about programs and other services available throughout Washington County.