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LSS receives renewed accreditation from Council on Quality and Leadership for services to people with disabilities

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota was awarded Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation, With Distinction for its services for people with disabilities by the Council on Quality and Leadership, renewing the organization's four-year accreditatio...

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota was awarded Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation, With Distinction for its services for people with disabilities by the Council on Quality and Leadership, renewing the organization's four-year accreditation status.

Accreditation from the council distinguishes organizations that provide person-centered supports to ensure health and safety while empowering people with disabilities to achieve their goals and dreams. This national recognition also certifies organizational leadership engages in ongoing efforts to measure satisfaction and improve services that lead to increased quality of life.

Statewide, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota serves 1,500 people with disabilities through supervised community homes, in-home support and respite care. Newer services like assistive technology and supported employment are enabling more people with disabilities to live safely and independently with the freedom to make choices about how they use their unique abilities to contribute to community.

"Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota continues to advance the tools and skills people with disabilities need to make empowered choices about where they work, where they live and how they become deeply involved in community," said Jodi Harpstead, CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, in a news release. "We're proud to be recognized again by the Council on Quality and Leadership for our work to create innovative new pathways for people with disabilities to live integrated lives in our community with more choices and flexibility."

When Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota partnered with CQL to pursue accreditation, it undertook a comprehensive process to review organizational values, mission and services. CQL consultants also conducted onsite visits with people with disabilities, employees and community members to determine ways to build on the organization's goals for the future of services for Minnesotans with disabilities.

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"Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota continues to show deep commitment to its mission of positively changing lives and building community for all people," said Cathy Ficker Terrill, President and CEO of the Council on Quality and Leadership. "CQL is extremely proud of our partnership with LSS, marked by the achievement of Person-Centered Accreditation. Their commitment to quality sets them in an elite group of providers of supports for people with disabilities."

In addition to the CQL accreditation, Lutheran Social Service is also accredited by the Council on Accreditation, an international and independent family services accrediting organization.

About Council on Quality and Leadership

For more than 40 years CQL has been a leader in raising the bar for human service organizations and systems to continuously define, measure and improve the quality of life of all people. Organizations that are awarded accreditation by CQL meet a stringent set of criteria and demonstrate an on-going commitment to person-centered excellence. Go to www.c-q-l.org/accreditation for more information.

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