The State Legislature statutorily charges MCD to produce reports on the well-being of the disability community in Minnesota. The following reports contain information on demographics and the impact of policy on Minnesotans with disabilities.
Notice: Some of the material on this page references our previous name: Minnesota State Council on Disability or MSCOD.
Community Counts 2012 Report (PDF)
During the 2010 legislative session, legislation was passed creating a “Community Counts” report. This report, put together annually by the Minnesota State Council on Disability, the Arc of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, presents statistics regarding the effectiveness of state programs serving people with disabilities.
Assistive Technology Study 2008 (Word)
The 2007 Legislature directed the Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) to conduct a statewide review of assistive technology needs. This report includes an overview of assistive technology, demographic information employment data and a review of some community-based assistive technology providers in Minnesota, and information concerning where people learn about assistive technology and the relationship of current state funding to assistive technology.
Safe Patient Handling 2008 (PDF)
The 2007 Legislature directed that By July 1, 2008, every licensed health care facility in the state shall adopt a written safe patient handling policy establishing the facility’s plan to achieve by January 1, 2011, the goal of minimizing manual lifting of patients by nurses and other direct patient care workers by utilizing safe patient handling equipment. In order to address this, legislation was passed that a work group be convened to prepare a report on safe patient handling issues in clinic settings.
Options Too 2007 (PDF)
In 2005, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law establishing a work group to prepare recommendations on how to help Minnesotans with disabilities relocate from nursing homes to homes in the community, and prevent inappropriate nursing home admissions in the future. The legislature charged three state agencies with convening the work group: the Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD), the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), and the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA).
Pathways to Employment
The Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) has a long history of working to expand opportunities, increase the quality of life and empower all persons with disabilities. In 2005 MSCOD was asked to join the Minnesota Departments of Human Services (DHS) and Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to be a partner and implement the Pathways to Employment (PTE) initiative. This initiative’s mission was to “increase the competitive employment of people with disabilities and meet Minnesota’s workforce needs by bringing together people with disabilities, employers, business, government and providers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) funded PTE’s initial strategy plan (2006-2010) and an additional two-year plan (2010-2012). MSCOD’s involvement in the project ended in 2011.
In PTE’s initial years, PTE partners considered and developed strategic initiatives by engaging stakeholders, conducting an environmental scan, and coordinating project development across agencies. By 2006, MSCOD-PTE had established several initiatives in key areas that focus on the agency’s past strengths. This report, linked below, describes MSCOD-PTE initiatives completed between 2006 and 2011. The report also discusses plans for sustaining PTE-fueled progress beyond grant funding, and presents conclusions as the MSCOD moves ahead in promoting competitive employment for people with disabilities.