MSSA's Public Policy Vision
The following statements reflect the core beliefs of our members and the work of our public policy and advocacy program.
We believe MSSA must work with and for historically marginalized and unrepresented groups, as well as those who experience oppression and marginalization to ensure all Minnesotans includes all Minnesotans.
Access to Basic Needs: All Minnesotans should be entitled to basic needs such as adequate food, shelter, work, health care, and education.
Racial Justice and Elimination of Disparities: MSSA advocates for the protection and advancement of human rights for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in Minnesota as well as equitable and high quality services, access to health care and employment opportunities, and ensuring safety and well-being for the BIPOC community.This includes identifying and naming structural racism in the health and human services system and working tirelessly to address it.
Comprehensive Healthcare: All Minnesotans should have access to high-quality, patient-centered, affordable healthcare, which includes adequate mental health and chemical health services.
Safe Families and Communities: All Minnesotans have the right to safety in their homes and communities. MSSA advocates for policy change that ensures public safety for all. This includes policy change that addresses systemic racism present within our public safety systems as well as the disproportionate impacts on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color BIPOC), people with mental illness, people with disabilities, and veterans.
Safety, Permanency, and Well-Being: All Minnesotans deserve safety, permanency, and well-being.
Quality and Affordable Early Childhood Care and Education: Early childhood care and education is crucial for children and families to thrive.
Disability Services: MSSA advocates for the protection, inclusion and civil rights advancement of individuals with disabilities, including competitive employment opportunities, appropriate living environments, social engagement and access to assistance.
Veteran Services: MSSA advocates for high quality and equitable services for veterans, including employment opportunities, appropriate living environments, and access to health care and assistance.
LGBTQ+ Rights: MSSA advocates for the protection and advancement of human rights for LGBTQ+ Minnesotans as well as equitable and high-quality services, access to health care and employment opportunities, and ensuring safety and well-being for the LGBTQ+ community.