Make Your Voice Heard
There are many issues facing disability service providers, the clients and families we serve and our extraordinary employees. Look up your elected officials, learn about the issues and take action now.
What We Believe and Need
LBSA believes that the development of one-size-fits-all solutions must stop and that plans must work for all Minnesotans, including those with the most significant needs.
We support policies that:
- Allow for flexibility in how people and their families access support.
- Affirm the need to support the individual’s choice of living situation and to ensure that a variety of choices are available.
- Recognize that people with disabilities may want to move away from their family of origin at the appropriate time in their life.
Looking for a way to get involved directly on campus? We have volunteer opportunities that fit a variety of interests and schedules as well as internships that build next-generation leaders.
Employers Come Together to Address Direct Care Workforce Needs
Care Can’t Wait. Our caregiving community is in crisis. The pandemic has created an employment crisis in our community. The causes of this dramatic shift in employee hiring and recruiting are complex, but its impact is blunt. We have a shortage of employees within our organizations to provide the level of service our community needs.
Read the letter and take action today.
The State of America's Direct Support Workforce 2021
New research discusses pandemic’s devastating effect on the direct care workforce:
LBSA Featured in National Advocacy Report
Laura Baker Services Association was one of only eight community housing and support services providers in the nation featured in an advocacy report published by the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) and released in October 2020. The brief profiles providers of Medicaid-funded disability supports, the challenges they face and the critical need to preserve disability supports during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elected Official Lookup
A Passionate Advocate
Underneath Julie Thorsheim’ s pleasant, soft-spoken demeanor lies a passionate advocate. It would be impossible to calculate the value of her advocacy work.
In Community Blog
In Community sheds light on the issues and challenges people with disabilities face in their journey to leading fulfilling lives. It also focuses on LBSA’s efforts to build a supportive community that embraces all people.
Faces in the Community
Our community is extraordinary … rich with musicians, cooking enthusiasts, passionate volunteers, curious learners, dedicated employees and so many more. Inspirational stories of our community members abound.