Weigh in on centers for independent living plan

One of the great resources for Minnesotans with disabilities is the centers for independent living. The centers, known as CILs, […]

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One of the great resources for Minnesotans with disabilities is the centers for independent living. The centers, known as CILs, are through the state. 

Now is a chance to weigh in on what the centers are doing, and how they can serve Minnesota’s disability community. The Minnesota Statewide Independent Living Council’s proposed three-year State Plan for Independent Living is open for comment. 

The council, known as MNSILC, is required to submit a State Plan for Independent Living every three years to the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living. The plan outlines Minnesota’s vision, goals and objectives for our state’s independent living network for federal program years 2024-2027. As required by federal law, the goals for the 2024-2027 State Plan are open for a public comment period, closing on Wednesday, May 29. 

The proposed plan and a short summary will be available on the home tab of the MNSILC website. The proposed plan is available in alternative languages upon request. 

Minnesotans with disabilities and their support staff, family members and allies are urged to weigh in. This is also a great opportunity to become familiar with what the centers do, and what their plans are for the future. Anyone wishing to provide comments on the proposed plan can email [email protected] or call 612-581-1497. 

Remember, any comments you make will be public. That means may be shared in future publications or communications related to independent living planning. 

CILs need support and input to be successful. 

The state plan will be used to lay out future activities and in planning for funding. That’s why it’s important for people to weigh in, especially people from Greater Minnesota. 

Anyone with questions about the draft 2024-2027 State Plan for Independent Living or the public comment process should contact Deborah Gleason, MNSILC chair, [email protected] or Jo Erbes, MNSILC Coordinator, [email protected]

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