Coming Soon: OMHDD will have a new website and online death and serious injury reporting forms early July.
METO class action law Suit
Important notice for those who were secluded or Restrained while
In 2008, the
Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental
Disabilities released a public report entitled “Just Plain
Wrong”. In the report the agency detailed the excessive use of
restraints and law enforcement style devices at the Minnesota
Extended Treatment Program.
In 2009 a
Federal Class Action lawsuit was filed on behalf of individuals
who had been subjected to seclusion or restraint. Attached is
information for former residents of METO, their guardians or
interested person, on how to file a claim.
2010/1011 Biennium Report to the Governor PDF
Winter Alerts - 2012/2013 (New)
Presidential Proclamation on the 22nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Since our earliest days, America has measured its progress not only by the growth of our borders and the breadth of our economy, but also by how far we reach toward fully realizing the fundamental rights, protections, and freedoms afforded to each of us by our Nation's founding documents. For generations, many Americans with disabilities lived as second-class citizens who were denied those most basic opportunities…Today, we mark the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) -- a historic piece of civil rights legislation that affirmed Americans with disabilities are Americans first...
--Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, July 26, 2012
Visit Disability.gov for more information about the ADA and other laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities. Also, check out Disability.Blog to read and comment on articles about other civil rights topics.
Delay of Treatment Alert (NEW - July 2012) - HTML PDF
Fire Safety for People with Disabilities
Summer Alerts - 2012
Letter from Medical Review Coordinator introducing the Summer Alerts HTML PDF
- An Update on
Mandatory Reporting of Deaths and Serious Injuries - Minn. Stat. 245.94,
Subd. 2a (NEW - May 2012) HTML PDF
- Reporting medications - key to client safety HTML PDF
- The State of Minnesota is proceeding to develop an Olmstead Plan on how to plan and deliverer services to persons with disabilities in the most integrated community setting that can meet their overall needs. The Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities in working in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and others to develop this plan. The following link is made available to allow citizens to review the work of the committee and to provide comments. http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/Olmstead
- Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disability and the Minnesota Department of Human Services place a high priority on the discharge of people with a developmental disability committed to St. Peter Security Hospital. DHS recently developed an early intervention/diversion process for persons who have a developmental disability and are, or may be, at risk of commitment as mentally ill and dangerous. The diversion process uses existing services or involves the development of safe and appropriate community-based services in the most integrated setting. http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/dhs16_169881
- The Department of Human Services has completed a report to the Minnesota Legislature titled “Report on Care Coordination for Children with High-Cost Mental Health Conditions.” This report is mandated by Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, Chapter 9, article 6, section 89.
- SAMHSA Blog: Suicide - A Preventable Tragedy http://blog.samhsa.gov/2012/05/03/suicide-a-preventable-tragedy/
- The National Resource Directory – Bridging the Gap
From Warrior Care Blog
Success in business usually entails bridging the gap between supply and demand. And it’s the same in service delivery programs. In fact, many of the most popular military programs do exactly that…The National Resource Directory might be the last piece of the puzzle for service members, Wounded Warriors, Veterans, their families and caregivers. In 2008, with the number of Wounded Warriors rising, and a new generation of combat Veterans returning home, the National Resource Directory (NRD) was launched to connect service members, Veterans, their families and caregivers with helpful resources to support them…
- Minnesota Parent Survey on the Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Schools. Since the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, Minnesota has a new law about when and how schools can use restraints and seclusion to address challenging behavior of children with disabilities. Many disability advocacy groups have been following this law and we would like to hear about your experiences with it. This survey has about 20 questions and should take about 15-20 minutes to fill out.
- How Safe Is The Schoolhouse?
An Analysis of State Seclusion and Restraint Laws and Policies
New website offers easy
point for state government disability resources. Click on the link for quick
and easy access to state government-agency programs, products and services
dedicated to disability issues.
LinkVet - the Veterans Linkage Line for
Minnesota veterans and their family members
Governor Tim Pawlenty announced the launch of
LinkVet – the Veterans
Linkage Line for Minnesota veterans and their family members. The
toll-free customer service line is the first of its kind in the nation and
will provide information referrals, immediate crisis intervention and
psychological counseling 24 hours a day, seven days a week at
Veteran's One Stop Website, Minnesota
This website provides Minnesota Veterans, their
families and employers a one stop location for information or links
available for veterans.
1-800-273-TALK - Has a dedicated link for
4 Life - A new suicide prevention service in NE Minnesota
- Bill of Rights for Wards and Protected Persons M.S. 524.5-120