The Minnesota Transformation Initiative (MTI) is a project funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to support the transition of people with disabilities receiving subminimum wages into competitive, integrated employment. Through individualized technical assistance to provider agencies, statewide training opportunities, and peer mentoring and education for self-advocates and families, MTI is part of a statewide effort to support more people with disabilities to find competitive jobs in their communities.

Grants for Providers

MTI is supporting the recipients of two provider reinvention grants programs:

Transition to Competitive Wages (TCW) Grants

This grant helps providers to develop and implement a business model to phase out their use of subminimum wages by April 1, 2024. Grant recipients include:

• Advance Opportunities

• Employment Enterprises

• Floodwood Services & Training

• Hope Haven


• Rise

• The Rising Phoenix

• TSE Inc.

Employment Provider Transition (EPT) Grants

These grants were awarded to 14 waiver employment service providers who will expand their infrastructure and capacity to support people in reaching employment goals. Grant recipients include:

· Accord

· Arrowhead Community Employment

· Empower Inclusion

· Kaposia

· Lutheran Social Services of MN



· NorthStar Community Services

· Productive Alternatives

· Reach for Resources

· REM Heartland

· Residential Services of NE MN

· Trillium Works


Support for Providers

MTI will offer support, training, and resources to day and employment providers to transform how they deliver services through:

• A research-based framework for building capacity

• A toolkit to guide organizations

• Quarterly trainings open to all providers across Minnesota

• Technical assistance to TCW & EPT grantees

• Learning community for TCW providers

• Family engagement

• Peer-to-peer self-advocate training