Harrison-Hadler is new ombudsman

Lisa Harrison-Hadler is the state’s new Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. The appointment was announced by Gov. Tim Walz […]

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Lisa Harrison-Hadler is the state’s new Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. The appointment was announced by Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan. 

Harrison-Hadler has served as the Deputy Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. She has been leading the agency during the appointment process, after the death of Barnett “Bud” Rosenfeld last year. 

“I am deeply honored to be appointed Ombudsman,” said Harrison-Hadler. “While our previous ombudsman’s time at the agency was far too brief due to his tragic passing, I look forward to carrying forward the critical work that he did at OMHDD on behalf of our clients and stakeholders. The office’s complaint investigation and resolution services, review of deaths and serious injuries, public reports, and advocacy to improve the service system are essential elements of Minnesota’s disability services landscape. I am excited to support and lead our passionate and dedicated staff in protecting and promoting the rights, justice, inclusion, and informed choice of our clients.” 

Previously, she was the Regional Ombudsman for Southeast Minnesota and the Southwest Metro. Prior to joining the Office of Ombudsman in 2012, she worked as the community advocacy and development manager, independent living manager and independent living coordinator with the Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living. Harrison-Hadler earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Stout.  

The Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities protects the rights of Minnesotans through individual and systemic advocacy. The office is charged with promoting the highest attainable standards of treatment, competence, efficiency, and justice for persons receiving services for mental illness, developmental disabilities, chemical dependency, or emotional disturbance. The office oversees work done by state agencies, local school districts, and county social service agencies that monitor, provide, or regulate services or treatment to clients. OMHDD also oversees work done by programs and facilities licensed, registered, or certified by the Department of Human Services or Minnesota Department of Health providing services for mental health, developmental disabilities, chemical dependency, and emotional disturbance. 

“I am pleased to select Lisa Harrison-Hadler as the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities,” said Walz. “Lisa has extensive experience serving and advocating for compassionate care, treatment, and justice for all Minnesotans. She is well prepared to take on this role, and I’m grateful for her continued leadership and state service.” 

“Lisa Harrison-Hadler is a true servant leader who is dedicated to protecting the rights of all Minnesotans,” said Flanagan. “By advocating for the dignity, fair treatment, and inclusion of all Minnesotans, she is making our state better for everyone. I look forward to working with her.” 

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