October 27, 2023 8am to 3pm

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Focusing on self-directed services in Minnesota, the Self-direction Connection Conference is asking people with lived experience to share your knowledge with one another. In a first of its kind conference in Minnesota people with gather to discuss trends and their experience using Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS) and Consumer Support Grant (CSG).

Meet other people using CDCS and CSG and connect with one other. Visit with old friends and make new ones.

Target audience: people using CDCS and CSG or interested in the programs, parents and families, caregivers and other people interested in making self-direction the best it can be in Minnesota. We also encourage case managers and support planners to attend this learning-filled day.

Cost is $40. Scholarships are available. Also, people using CDCS and CSG can use their budget for trainings, speak with your Support Planner or Case Manager for assistance.

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This conference is a project of the National Center on Advancing Person-centered Practices and Systems (NCAPPS) through their Self-direction Learning Collaborative. Collaborating organizations: Best Care, Family Voices of Minnesota, Harry Meyering Center, Nicollet County.

Call for Proposals

Have an idea to present at the conference? Submit a proposal here.

Proposals accepted through June 15th, 2023.

The Self Direction Connection Conference about Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS) and Consumer Support Grant (CSG) is looking for interested participants to present at the conference. 

The conference is Friday, October 27th in Mankato, Minnesota.  Presenters would ideally be persons with lived experience or persons without lived experience who include people with lived experience in their presentations.

Presentations will be 60 minutes long including time for questions. Although presenters will share their expertise without compensation, registration fees will be waived. If presenters share their presentation slides, the hosts will post the contents to the conference website.

Selections and notifications made by July 15, 2023

Possible topics include (add your own): 

  • Training staff
  • Workforce shortage solutions/hiring staff
  • Creative outcomes
  • Building your Community Support Plan (what to include)
  • Financial planning for people with disabilities
  • Futures Planning as a caregiver

We look forward to reading your proposal. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Drganc at 507-225-5033 or jdrganc@harrymeyeringcenter.org 


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Connect Sponsor

Best Care

Cashe’ Software

Harry Meyering Center


Sponsor Self-Direction Connection Conference

Connect Level: $2500

Exhibit booth, recognition on table place cards, swag item or flyer in bag (500 needed by October 1), logo on agenda, large logo on rotating power point, 4 free registrations.


Grow Level: $1000

Exhibit booth, recognition on table place cards, logo on agenda, small logo on rotating power point, 2 free registration.


Learn Level: $500

Exhibit booth, recognition on table place card, name on agenda, name on rotating power point with other sponsors, 1 free registration.


Support Level: $250

Exhibit booth, name on agenda.


Entrepreneur: $30

Self-advocate, business owners are encouraged to participate in the Self-direction Connection Conference to sell their products. If you own a business and have a disability we would love to give you space to sell your products. Comes with an exhibit booth and 1 free registration.

For any questions, please contact Jen Drganc, 507-387-8281 or jdrganc@harrymeyeringcenter.org