Merrick is licensed by the State and relies on Federal, State and County funding to help support this program.  Client self-advocates monitor what is happening at the legislature to protect their rights and to advocate for funding and programs that help them to live more independently and participate more fully in their communities.  Check this page to learn more about these issues and what you can do to help!

Issues of interest to Merrick and the clients we serve, include:

Adequate funding of DT&H services
When surveyed a few years ago, 80% of Minnesotans acknowledged that we are all better off when we provide the support necessary to help people live to their potential. Investment in day services like those provided by Merrick yield nearly $3 of local economic benefit for every $1 of State funding.

Employment, Pre-vocational Services, and Transition Programming
Encourage funding of vocational and pre-vocational services, development of employment opportunities for and government hiring of people with disabilities, and improve public school transition programs to lead to successful employment outcomes.

Transportation
Promote efficient transportation solutions for people with disabilities.

Quality Assurance, Appropriate Oversight, and Effective System Reform
Make sure that programs are achieving desired outcomes and that people with disabilities and society are better off for the services having been provided.

Voting Rights
The right to vote means a lot to self advocates at Merrick and they have struggled to protect the right for those under guardianship. Let's not create barriers to exercising that right and overwhelm our court system with unnecessary reviews.

Charitable Gambling
Merrick uses the proceeds of charitable gambling to enhance services and purchase equipment beyond what is funded by its government reimbursement. We want to preserve this valuable source of revenue for worthy causes important to local communities.

 

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