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January 10, 2024

Care and Inclusion: Special Needs Group Homes

Care and Inclusion: Special Needs Group Homes At Laura Baker Services Association (LBSA), we believe that every individual deserves to live in a place where they can thrive, feel safe and be embraced by a community that values them. As dedicated spaces that nurture, empower and celebrate the unique abilities… Read More

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January 3, 2024

Navigating Dual Challenges: Addressing the Common Concurrence of IDD and Mental Health Conditions

Martha W. Lantz, MSW, MBA, has been working with LBSA to develop behavioral health services for those with IDD and mental health conditions. Read More

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December 14, 2023

Finding the Right Group Home for Your Loved One

Transitioning your loved one with IDD to a group home can be difficult. Individual needs can vary, so it's important to find one that fits their needs. Read More

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October 18, 2023

NIH Designates People with Disabilities as a Population with Health Disparities

A health disparity designation helps to encourage research specific to the health issues and unmet health needs of these populations. Read More

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October 11, 2023

ABA Practices and Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is one of the foundational components of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services. Read More

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September 25, 2023

TEFRA is No Longer a Burden to Special Needs Families in Minnesota

Effective July 1, 2023, parents in Minnesota are no longer required to pay a Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA) fee. Read More

September 13, 2023

Assistance for an Overlooked Population

Understanding behavioral challenges means looking at every aspect of the person and their environment to determine what might be contributing. At LBSA, we look at all potential challenges to determine where and how we can teach and intervene. Read More

September 13, 2023

Problem Solving with Behavioral Support Services

One of the things we’ve come to specialize in at LBSA is effectively supporting people with challenging behaviors. In January 2024, we are launching Behavioral Support Services for people with IDD, their families and the service system. Read More

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June 28, 2023

North Oak Cottage Reopens

After being closed for over three years as a result of a staffing shortage, people have started moving into one of two temporarily-closed cottages at LBSA! Read More

May 25, 2023

Rethinking Guardianship and Supported Decision Making 

Guest author Anita Raymond discusses the importance of collaboration when making guardianship decisions. Read More