New services from TSE!!

TSE now administers Metro Transit bus cards and Metro Mobility cards to individuals receiving Medicaid (MA) waiver services, too.

This service had been contracted with MNET in the past, now there are more choices! If you are a case manager in Ramsey county needing to refer a client please contact the TSE main office to check on avaliability [651-489-2595 ext 0]. Once it is determined that TSE has capacity to take on your client, this form needs to be filled out.  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.

Federal threat to day programs is real – write or call today

From our partners at MOHR:

We at MOHR wish you the best over the holidays, a joyful time with family and friends, renewing relationships and savoring memories.

Unfortunately, a threat looms at the national level that requires a response from those who care about day programs for people with disabilities.

TIME bills have been proposed to do away with the commensurate wage. If passed, the Transitional Integration and Meaningful Employment Act would greatly harm most of our member organizations who use the special wage rate in promoting job opportunities for their program participants. It would surely reduce the number of employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

MOHR is on top of this, and has prepped some sample letters to be used as templates from different constituents. Each can be also used as a basis for phone calls to all of Minnesota’s representatives in the U.S. House and senators Klobuchar and Franken. The samples are a great start for you and others.

We wrote them for parents and guardians, organizational heads, and even employers. Would you take a few minutes and submit your own letters of opposition to TIME?

Thanks in advance for sharing these sample letters with your parents and guardians of people with disabilities, their programs and employers in your community.
Let’s continue to serve others, and preserve their right to choose their own path.

Have a Happy New Year!

Mike Burke
MOHR President
mohrmn.org
320-762-2015

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Letter 1                                               Letter 2

Click to Download Sample Letters to send to your Senators
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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and what it means for Person Served

We had sent a letter to all legal representatives in November about the recent changes related to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  Included with that letter was a consent form that allowed TSE to share your contact information with the Metro Council on Independent Living (MCIL).  (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FORM AGAIN) MCIL is responsible for providing career counseling training for individuals who are over the age of 25 or who had already been receiving services at TSE.  The purpose of the counseling is to ensure that each person is informed about the benefits of competitive independent employment.  For any individual who wants to opportunity to work on any task that is paid at less than minimum wage (as much of our in-center contract work is paid on a piece-rate basis), they must attend a meeting with MCIL.

 Since the letter went out, there has been a change in the interpretation of what is considered an acceptable response that allows for continued work at less than minimum wage.  I stated in the past letter that a person could say “no” to competitive employment or refuse to participate in the process and continue working at less than minimum wage.  THIS HAS CHANGED!  We have now been instructed that if a person checks off “refusal to participate”, they WILL NOT be allowed to continue working at less than minimum wage.  If you have signed a form with “refusal to participate”, you will need to revise that statement for this work to continue.

Of course, if any person is interested in competitive independent employment, TSE will be happy to explore those options, as we always have.  You will still need to attend an MCIL meeting if you want the availability of piece-rate work while employment is sought for the person.  A “yes” on the MCIL form will document this choice and a plan for employment will be developed, if there has not already been one.

In order to facilitate the process for those who have not yet met with MCIL, or for those who need to meet again to revise their forms, we have scheduled a meeting for TSE participants and their guardians.  The meeting will be held at TSE-Roselawn (1983 Sloan Place, Suite 13, Maplewood) on Thursday, Jan 12 from 6:00 till approximately 7:30 pm.   A representative from MCIL will provide you with information on employment options, and you will have an opportunity to indicate in writing what that choice is.  To emphasize: you must document with a “yes” or a “no” for less than minimum wage to continue to be an option.  A “refusal to participate” will take that option away.  (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FORM AGAIN)

If you are unable to attend this session, we have included a flier with other public meetings to be held by MCIL in January (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE MEETING LIST).  You are free to attend any of these that work for your schedule.  We will otherwise forward the contact information for those whom we have received a signed consent to do so.  At that point, MCIL will contact you directly to schedule a meeting with you.

We are asking that you RSVP for the January 12 meeting so that we can have the necessary seating and materials available.  You can do so by emailing Dan Rietz, our Vice President,  at drietz@tse-inc.org or calling 651-489-2595 x0.

Please feel free to call Dan at 651-489-2595 x214 if you have any questions.

Enjoy the Holidays!

Remember TSE sites will be closed on

  • Friday, December 23rd,

  • Monday December 26th,

  • Friday December 30th, and

  • Monday January 2nd!

We hope you are able to take time to gather with friends and family in this Winter Wonderland that we live in!

Drive safe if you are traveling near or far.

Make Your Voice Heard!

Now the election is complete, we’ve eaten up all the turkey and counted our blessings with family and friends, it is time to get back to the hard work.  We are asking parents, guardians, friends of the people we serve, as well as our participants themselves, to write a letter to the editor of your favorite newspaper.

MOHR, a provider group here in Minnesota, has some great sample letters on their website in Microsoft Word format. You can find them near the bottom of  the “Advocacy” page, along with directions to an app that helps you to tell your story! There are areas in the letters  to fill in with your img_5753organizations’ name.

With the shift in political power this year in the Minnesota capitol, we will all need to flex our advocacy muscles to help ensure a bright, and well funded, future for TSE and other programs that serve ALL people of our community.

Please remember that individual news outlets may have guidelines on letter length.  Also, not that it is important for letter writers to include a name, address, phone number and email (if possible) with all letters to news outlets and to our elected officials.

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