Weigh in on centers’ plan

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

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

Now is your chance to weigh in on what the centers are doing, and how they can serve you. 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 will open on Monday, April 15 for a public comment period, closing on Wednesday, May 15. That is not a lot of time to review the plan and make comments, so don’t delay.

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.

If you have never reviewed this kind of plan, you really need to. As a Minnesotan with disabilities, I always say, nothing about us without us. This is a great chance to weigh in.

This is 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 our support and input to be successful. We also need them and their resources to be able to live, work and play in our home communities for as long as we can.

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. As someone who lived in Greater Minnesota for a time, it’s especially valuable for the state council and its staff to hear perspectives from outside of the Twin Cities. Those of us who live around the state sometimes find ourselves lacking the supports and services we need.

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].

The purpose of MNSILC is to build upon and strengthen Minnesota’s independent living network and support, coordinate and advance the efforts of the Centers for Independent Living (CIL) statewide.

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