Rights and advocacy

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a term used to describe a group of chronic conditions affecting body movement and muscle coordination. It is caused by damage to the brain, usually during fetal development. The focus of United Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota is public policy, information and referral, providing augmentative and alternative communication devices and education for people with cerebral palsy and their families.

Civil Commitment Training
Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Ombudsman Office  
The Civil Commitment Training and Resource Center (the Center) is part of the Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. The Center has been developed to assist persons who want training and information regarding the Civil Commitment and Treatment Act. The Center can provide individualized training, information, referral and advocacy.

Client Assistance Project
Disability Law Center  
The Client Assistance Project (CAP), under the Minnesota Disability Law Center, provides advocacy for persons with disabilities who are having problems with agencies funded under the Rehabilitation Act (for example, State Services for the Blind, Vocational Rehabilitation Services).

Councils and Boards
Employment and Economic Development Department  
These Councils and Boards guide the work of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and advocate for its customers.

Court Interpreters
Judicial Branch  
The Minnesota Judicial Branch is committed to providing access to justice to everyone, regardless of the language they speak. The Minnesota Supreme Court created the Court Interpreter Training and Certification Program, the Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters, and rules that explain the role of interpreters in court. This includes certification for sign language interpreters.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Laws, Legal Resources, Advocacy
Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans, Commission of   Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division  
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division within the Minnesota Department of Human Services, as well as the Minnesota Commission Serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing People, offer information and links to legal resources and advocacy.

Deaf Rights Resources
Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans, Commission of  
Links to state and federal agencies, organizations, and products for deaf persons.

Discrimination: Your Rights
Human Rights Department  
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is the state agency within the Governorís Cabinet responsible for enforcing the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The Human Rights Act is a state law prohibiting discrimination in Minnesota.

Health Facility Complaints Office
Health Department  
Consumers of health care services have a responsibility to promote the highest quality of care. If you witness a suspected violation of health department regulations, patient and residents' rights or the MN Vulnerable Adults Protection Act (physical or mental abuse, neglect, or unexplained injury) call the Minnesota Department of Health's Office of Health Facility Complaints (OHFC).

How to Report Insurance Fraud
Commerce Department  
Insurance fraud occurs when people deceive an insurance company or agent to collect money to which they aren't entitled. Similarly, insurers and agents also can defraud consumers, or even each other. Minnesota Department of Commerce offers a booklet on fraud as well as online reporting tools.

Injury and Violence Prevention
Health Department  
Injury and Violence Prevention unit, within the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), supports comprehensive programs that help reduce the risk of injury and violence. Projects include developing, implementing, and evaluating community-specific programs and policies, such as providing technical assistance on the nature and causes of deaths and injuries.

Minnesota Housing Multifamily Program Guides
Housing Finance Agency  
Program guides and manuals for multifamily housing, including disability services.

Partners in Policymaking
Administration Department   Developmental Disabilities, Governor's Council  
Partners in Policymaking, created by the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, is an innovative, competency-based leadership training program for adults with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities.

Patient's Bill of Rights
Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Ombudsman Office  
As outlined in Minnesota Statute 144.561, the Health Care Bill of Rights cover all patients or residents in Minnesota health care facilities.

Special Education Compliance Complaints
Education Department  
The special education complaint system is designed to ensure that all students with disabilities are provided a free appropriate public education (FAPE).

State Council on Disability
Disability, State Council  
The Minnesota State Council on Disability advises, provides technical assistance, collaborates and advocates to expand opportunities, improve the quality of life, and empower all persons with disabilities.

Statewide Independent Living Council
Statewide Independent Living Council  
Minnesota Statewide Independent Living Council (MN SILC) provides statewide planning and policies necessary to provide Independent Living Services. The Council values consumer control, peer support, self-help, self determination, equal access, and individual and system advocacy, in order to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities, and the integration and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of American society.