Learn about the Connect 700 Program

In October 2016, Governor Mark Dayton announced the Connect 700 Program (abbreviated C700). The C700 Program is a pre-probationary trial work program that allows eligible individuals with disabilities the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to perform a specific job through C700 for up to 700 hours. C700 employees will receive wages that fit the pay scale for their job but will not receive full benefits. If the C700 employee is successful at their job, they can then enter the probationary status typical for all new state employees (including benefits). If the hiring manager is impressed during the C700 employee's first 30 days then they can decide to advance the employee to probationary status any time after the employee’s first 30 days. (Hiring managers can work with Human Resources to advance the C700 employee earlier than 30 days if they are really impressed with the employee.)

If the C700 employee does not satisfactorily do their job, they might lose the job.

Disability Rights March and Rally July 26th

Original post from MNCDHH 
If you are DeafBlind or prefer to watch the video in a darker, slower format, watch the DeafBlind friendly ASL version instead. English version
Through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) the United States of America committed itself to eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities. In celebration of the act turning 27 and to reaffirm our commitment to inclusion and rights for all, the Minnesota Disability Rights March and Rally will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 26. Orientation will begin at 1 p.m. at the Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, in the Education wing.

Want to become a Certified Peer Support Specialist?

Now's your chance! This training is free for those who are accepted into the program. Hotel & Travel not covered for non-residents of MN. Trainees will have the opportunity to develop skills in supporting other Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing persons who are working towards recovering from mental health issues. Interested?

Minnesota Deaf Certified Peer Support Specialist Program

Video Transcript and descriptions:[Footage Description: 4:13 video discussing the Deaf Certified Peer Support Program in Minnesota. Dori (white woman with curly brown hair, wearing brown turtleneck and blue jeans) narrates most of the video. In the middle of the video, Alison (white woman wearing navy blue sweater and blue jeans) also narrates for a bit. Both are seated in an atrium area, against a wood and stone backdrop, and lots of green plants at different levels. In the far background are white pillars and stairs.]

Opening Titles: Minnesota Peer Support Specialist Program [White text on black background].