MSSA's 2020 Policy Priorities are available for download as a PDF. Contact Michelle SanCartier at  for more information or to get involved with MSSA's advocacy work.

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.

  • 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: Minnesota’s disparities are some of the worst in the nation. 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.
  • 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 rights to safety in their homes and communities.
  • 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.


2020 Public Policy Agenda

MSSA Policy Priorities

Statewide Common Telepresence Platform: 

Minnesota's aging population and scarce workforce has caused pressure on all industries, including health and human services, to improve productivity. Innovation is the main source of productivity improvement. Thriving industries in the United States are transforming digitally, focusing on improving customer experiences, innovating industry business and platform models, and driving costs down by leveraging scale and cloud opportunities. The Minnesota community innovation model has demonstrated the value of adapting these strategies for person-centered innovation using Internet telepresence to incentivize local and regional collaborative initiatives in health and human services and related education and correctional services.

Our proposal:

Leverage the State of Minnesota’s telepresence network to connect providers of critical services, especially in the areas of mental health and substance use disorders, with individuals who are not currently able to receive adequate services—possibly due to geographic location, lack of transportation providers, or due to limitations such as incarceration.

Volunteer Driver Insurance Rates:
HF 2377

Currently, insurance companies are enrolling volunteer drivers into rideshare programs, like Uber and Lyft, which has greatly increased their insurance rates. This has resulted in a dramatic decrease in volunteer drivers, especially in the rural areas.

Our proposal:

Clarify that volunteer drivers receiving funding from the public transit participation program are not for hire, allowing volunteer drivers to receive the correct insurance at an affordable cost, ensuring that the amount of volunteer drivers would increase or at least maintain current levels.

MSSA Supported Policy Proposals

  • Disparities in Child Welfare: MSSA supports efforts to increase the well-being of families from communities of color and to better serve children in the child welfare system.
  • Mental Health Treatment for Veterans: All veterans, regardless of discharge status, should have access to affordable and appropriate mental health treatment when needed.
  • Avoiding Unnecessary Guardianship: MSSA supports policy, best practices, and possibly legislation to help individuals, families, and professionals have the information, encouragement, and resources they need to utilize Supported Decision Making (SDM) as an alternative to guardianship.
MSSA Monitored Policy Proposals
  • Child Maltreatment Appeals: Allow interested parties other than offenders to appeal a child maltreatment determination and define what professionals make up a child maltreatment review panel.