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 proactively facilitate critical conversation about human welfare. MSSA is committed to actions and advocacy efforts that lift up our neighbors and communities with a belief that we all do better when we all do better. 
  • Equity: Every human deserves access to services. We advocate for equitable treatment and fair allocation of community resources. MSSA is committed to creating a health and human service system that is equitable and accessible.
  • Inclusion: We cultivate and support a vibrant, engaged, and truly diverse membership of health and human service professionals. Diversity makes us stronger. Whenever possible, MSSA uses its platform to amplify the voices of historically marginalized and underrepresented groups. MSSA is committed to building grassroots networks and working hand in hand with systems that intersect regularly with health and human services such as education, law enforcement, and public health.

We work for:

  • 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. Click here for downloadable resources on this issue.
  • 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. Click here for downloadable resources on this issue.


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: