MSSA's 2019 General Policy Statements and 2019 Public Policy Agenda  are available for download as PDFs. Contact Marney Thomas at for more information or to get involved with MSSA's advocacy work.

2019 General Policy Statements
The following statements reflect the core beliefs of our members and the work of our public policy and advocacy program.

We value:

  • Social Responsibility: Every human is entitled to an acceptable quality and standard of living. It is our obligation to engage in and facilitate critical conversations about human welfare.
  • Equity: Diverse realities of need, access and identity within the Health & Human Services system demand that we advocate for and promote EQUITY (vs. "equality") in all treatment and resource distribution.
  • Inclusion: We crave and cultivate a vibrant, engaged and truly diverse membership of health and human services professionals.

We work for:

  • 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 should be safe in their homes and communities and with their families and friends.
  • 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 fair and adequate services for families and individuals with disabilities, including employment opportunities, appropriate living environments, and access to assistance.
  • Veteran Services: MSSA advocates for fair and adequate services for veterans, including employment opportunities, appropriate living environments, and access to health care and assistance.


2019 Public Policy Agenda

Access to Basic Needs:

Racial Justice and Elimination of Disparities

  • 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.

Comprehensive Healthcare

  • Traditional Healing & Minnesota’s Behavioral Health Care Continuum: Support of efforts to identify and develop a sustainable funding stream to integrate American Indian traditional healing into Minnesota’s behavioral health continuum of care.
  • County Based Purchasing (CBP): MSSA supports reshaping the state-county relationship related to CBP, creating a new chapter of state law for CBP and fully empowering counties that elect CBP for delivery of Minnesota Health Care Programs through arrangements with DHS.

Safe Families and Communities

Safety, Permanency, and Well-Being

  • Child Protection System Improvements: MSSA advocates for changes to funding and policy to support child protection workers in their jobs.
  • 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.
  • Journey to Independence: Fund a demonstration project in rural Minnesota to show the impact of individualized coaching for youth with mental health needs.

Quality and Affordable Early Childhood Care and Education

Disability Services

Veterans Services

Effective Health and Human Service System: