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Legislative committee considers bill to fund more local services for the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing.

We are urging support for a measure in the Minnesota Legislature that will widen access to services for people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing. Jaime Monson (fourth from left in the photo), our Senior Manager of Clinical Mental Health Services, recently testified before the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee on behalf of HF 1341, to increase funds in each of the next two fiscal years to provide services of the type we deliver, for people outside of the limited geographic areas where they are now available.

Those also present for the hearing and pictured here (from left): Rep. Diane Loeffler of Minneapolis, one of the bill’s sponsors; Dannell Shu, parent of a DeafBlind son who also testified; David Rosenthal, Director of the state’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division, which would administer the funds; Jaime Monson; Jason Valentine, a member of the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans who also testified; and Jan Radatz, with the MN Department of Human Services.