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MOHR is comprised of more than 110 Adult Day, Day Training & Habilitation, Extended Employment, and Supported Employment Service providers serving in excess of 26,000 Minnesotans with disabilities. Our members proudly offer a broad array of quality options to realize the work & life enrichment goals of the people who have chosen our services. To that end, MOHR members are committed to the following core principles:
Respect the Individual: We respect that individuals in our programs are all unique, with their own specific wants, needs, and dreams. We honor their right to determine for themselves what programs and services are life-enriching. Accordingly, we are committed to providing a broad range of service options to ensure that each individual can choose what is best suited to their own unique needs.
Person-Centered Planning: We believe in person-centered planning, and that honoring individual informed choice is a key component of this concept. Informed choice is only meaningful if the individual has a variety of service options from which to choose. While we strongly support informed choice, we strongly oppose forcing choice by using biased information or reducing funding for the individual’s preferred option.
People First Language: MOHR believes that words matter and is dedicated to using, supporting and promoting People First Language. Put the person first before the disability, and describe who a person is, not what a person has. MOHR, along with the self-advocate community is dedicated to changing the dialog, enlightening the community and helping facilitate real change in the public discourse.
Expansion of Opportunities: We believe in providing more, not fewer, service options to meet individual preferences. While new opportunities should certainly be pursued, existing services that are clearly meeting needs should be retained. Specifically, MOHR members support:
- Identifying and creating new opportunities for community employment in the general workforce;
- Commensurate wage rates as an option, insofar as they afford meaningful work opportunities that would otherwise not exist;
- Center-based work and training programs as options without additional restrictions
- Sufficient funding to ensure that a broad array of meaningful service options continue to be available.
Intentional Communities: We support the Olmstead decision, and its mandate to provide services in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of the individual. We also support Olmstead’s recognition that integrated services are not appropriate for everyone. We believe that individuals with disabilities have the right to choose to live, learn, work and play among those who are similar, as long as other more community-based options are also offered and available.
Competitive Market System: Inherent in person-centered planning is the ability to self-direct funds to the programs that are best suited to meet individual needs. Such a construct would ensure an efficient use of resources, and that desired services would be created, expanded and/or maintained, while underutilized services would eventually be reduced or phased out.