MSSA General Policy Statements
The following statements reflect the core beliefs of our members and guide the work of our public policy program.
- Social Justice: MSSA is committed to addressing disparities, working with people who experience oppression and marginalization, and advocating for those who have been historically underserved.
- Equity and Accessibility in Health and Human Services: MSSA is committed to creating a health and human service system that is equitable, accessible, and fully funded.
- Collaboration and Continuous Improvement: MSSA is committed to building collaboration and continuously improving the health and human service system in Minnesota through promoting best practices and working hand in hand with systems that intersect regularly with health and human services such as education, law enforcement, and public health.
- Prevention and Early Intervention: MSSA is committed to programs that focus on prevention and early intervention, which provide better outcomes as well as cost savings in health and human service programming.
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: MSSA works to dismantle racism in Minnesota.
- Comprehensive Mental Health Care: MSSA supports the funding, creation, and implementation of high-quality, accessible mental 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 for all Children: All children in Minnesota deserve safety, permanency, and well-being.
- Quality and Affordable Early Childhood Care and Education: Increased funding for early childhood care and education must be priority.
- Comprehensive Healthcare: MSSA believes that all Minnesotans should have access to high-quality, patient-centered, affordable healthcare.
- Elder Justice and Dignified Aging: Every person has the right to be free of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
- Community Based Residential Service Options: MSSA supports a sustainable system of residential services and supports that promotes culturally competent, inclusive, and transparent options that meet the unique needs of individuals in community settings whenever possible.
- Developmental 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.
- Holistic Chemical Health Services: MSSA believes chemical dependency treatment options should be holistic in nature, person-centered, and fully-funded.
2017 Public Policy Agenda
Each year, MSSA's members submit proposals for specific legislative action items. At MSSA's annual Delegate Assembly, member representatives discuss, ratify, and prioritize these proposals to create MSSA's public policy agenda. Click the links to learn more about each item.
Collaboration and Continuous Improvement:
Department of Human Services (DHS) Assessment Timelines: Modify specific assessment timelines in Minnesota Statutes from calendar days to business days.
Access to Basic Needs:
Meeting the Basic Needs of all Minnesotans: Access to Dental Care: Increase reimbursements and provider incentives to treat patients who are disabled and/or mentally ill, and ensure all necessary dental services are covered under public health care programs.
Comprehensive Mental Health Care:
Journey to Independence: Legislation for a rural mental health program for young adults.
TXT4Life Statewide Expansion: Expand TXT4Life program statewide.
Safety, Permanency, and Well-being for all Children:
Administrative Equality of Medical Support Obligations: Allow administrative removal of the medical support obligation of a non-custodial parent if a custodial parent fails to carry health insurance that they are court-ordered to provide.
Automating Recreational License Suspension: Allow for automatic recreational license suspension when a child support obligor is in arrears.
Disparities in Foster Care: Address racial disparities in the foster care system through legislation, policy, practice, and public attitude.
Data Privacy for Child Witnesses to a Crime
MnChoices Training Requirements: Mandate that Department of Human Services provide in-person regional training annually for MnChoices assessors.
Indemnification of Counties/Lead Agencies Administering MnChoices Assessments for Personal Care Attendant and Community First Supports and Services Programs
Assurance that the Social Service Time Study (SSTS) Covers 100% of MnChoices Assessments
Elder Justice and Dignified Aging:
Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults: Trust Officers: Create legislation to ensure that clients are protected from financial exploitation by trust officers.
Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults and the Role of Financial Institutions: Provide financial institutions with tools to stop financial exploitation.
Rate Disparity for Adult Companion Services under the Elderly Waiver and Alternative Care: The rate for Adult Companion Services under the Elderly Waiver and Alternative Care programs should be at least $4.28 per 15 minutes.
Holistic Chemical Health Services:
Developing a Holistic Chemical Health System: Create a chemical health service system that is holistic in nature.
Medication Assisted Treatment and Opioid Abuse