Minnesota Disability Resources and Advocacy Organizations
Scroll down for links to government agencies and disability rights organizations in Minnesota. They may be able assist you with:
- disability advocacy
- home health services
- home care
- nursing aide services
- accessing other community resources to help people with disabilities.
Many of these organizations work to address the unique needs associated with different disabilities, including but not limited to physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, and mental illness. Others focus on issues such as access to housing and legal assistance based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
If you live in Minnesota and are a person with a disability, learning about state-specific resources to support people with disabilities can help you advocate for yourself. If you are a friend, family member, or caregiver of a person with disabilities in Minnesota, these resources can help you in supporting your loved one.
Note: this website attempts to use people first language and thus uses the term "person with a disability" rather than disabled or handicapped.
We hope you will check out the rest of OlmsteadRights.org to learn about critical rights of people with disabilities.
Protection & Advocacy Organization
The Minnesota state disability protection and advocacy (P&A) agency is the Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC). MDLC is part of the nation's federally-funded P&A system. It provides help to people with disabilities in Minnesota to expand and defend their rights, including supporting self-advocacy groups and legal assistance. MDLC is part of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN).
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC)
ADRCs are the main points of access for long-term supports and services for older adults and people with disabilities, including home health care and assistive technology.
Legal Services Organizations
These organizations provide free legal assistance for low-income individuals, including help with accessing Social Security and Medicaid benefits.
- Anishinabe Legal Services, Inc.
- Central Minnesota Legal Services, Inc.
- Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota Corporation
- Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc.
State Medicaid Agency
Learn about and apply for Medicaid services in Minnesota.
Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) helps remove barriers to independent living for people with disabilities and works to increase necessary supports and services. It is part of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL).
Money Follows the Person (MFP)
Free assistance with transitioning from a nursing facility or institutional care to the community.
Regional Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Provides information, training, and guidance on disability access and Minnesota disability services. One of 10 regional centers in the ADA National Network.
Developmental Disabilities Services
These agencies address the specific needs of people with developmental disabilities. They advocate for community inclusion and access to Minnesota disability services.
Mental Health Services
These agencies address the specific needs of people with mental illness and promote mental health. Some agencies offer free or low-cost group counseling and education programs.
Traumatic Brain Injury Services
Information and resources for individuals with traumatic brain injuries and their loved ones.