Advocate for Disability Issues
As a nonprofit organization, advocacy is a key component of Opportunity Partners’ mission. We seek to help people get engaged in, and provide information about, the issues that are important to them.
Ultimately, our goal is to help Opportunity Partners’ staff, the people we support and their family members feel empowered to advocate for change that positively impacts their lives and the broader disability community. Through active participation in grassroots advocacy efforts, each of us can truly make a difference.
The 5% Campaign
Opportunity Partners is an active member of The 5% Campaign, a nonpartisan coalition of Minnesotans that came together to ask state legislators for a 5% rate increase for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) in 2014. Following years of budget cuts and freezes to HCBS, the coalition advocated for a rate increase to help curb high staff turnover, and improve the quality of care for people receiving services. As a result of thousands of contacts by supporters of The 5% Campaign, Governor Dayton signed a full 5% rate increase for HCBS into law on June 20, 2014, as part of the supplemental budget bill. In 2015, The 5% Campaign will again seek a 5% rate increase to ensure high quality services for people with disabilities and older adults are available, stable, and sustainable.
Check out the December edition of our “Advocates’ Broadcast”, a short video featuring information about ways YOU can get involved in our policy and advocacy events this month:
The Committee of Advocacy and Leadership (COAL)
The people served by Opportunity Partners have an opportunity to be a part of the self-advocacy movement through our Committee of Advocacy and Leadership (COAL).
Family Action Network
Our Family Action Network (FAN) includes parents, family members and guardians who want to advocate for and alongside their loved ones who receive services. The group primarily focuses on policy issues that impact the services that individuals with disabilities receive at the state and federal level. It provides an opportunity for you to learn more about these important issues and how you can be part of the solution. If you would like to learn more about FAN, contact Kayla Nance at 952-688-1598 or email@example.com
Disability Policy Resources
Opportunity Partners is following these subjects closely and we are involved with other disability providers and advocates in analyzing these disability policy matters. We will be posting resources here as they become available.