HCBS Training

The Active Support of Leaders

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The last item (#7) on the Team section of the Minnesota Team Checklist is used to assess how active HCBS leaders are in the planning process. Your CEO or Director's participation is needed to make sure the team can make person-centered changes.

Without active leadership in person-centered practices it will be hard to move forward.

Administrators are often too busy to attend all the meetings related to the process. However, active support and communication can often solve this challenge. The Minnesota Team Checklist helps the team assess whether any changes in active leadership support occur over time.

You may be reading this module as a staff member and thinking about how you can share this topic with your leaders. Everyone involved in HCBS is a part of the change process. You can advocate for this process and become a champion for change. Positive changes can start with one person who reaches out to other people. As Margaret Mead said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Staff members who want to take a lead role in bringing person-centered practices to their organization can:

  • Send the link with the short recorded presentation in Module Resources to their leader,
  • Schedule a meeting with organization leadership to talk through what you have learned in the modules,
  • Recruit other staff members who want to use this process and work as a team to share details with your director, or
  • Find other leaders in the region who are implementing person-centered practices.

Sometimes Level 1 changes are the first step needed to show others the key elements of person-centered practices.

Video from the Web version of this publication:

4. The Importance of Leadership: https://www.youtube.com/embed/q9iDtZZlYdA

If you want to bring this topic to the leader of your organization, you can use the HCBS Planning Tool to create a plan to share information about the process.


Please use the MN Team Checklist and the HCBS Planning Tool to complete the activity. 

Minnesota Team Checklist.  Item number 7 in the Team section.  7: The team has the active support of a leader (Director, Administrator, CEO) who attends meetings and supports changes. Score the checklist: 0 – planning not yet started, 1 – in progress, or 2 – fully in place.

Checklist Item 7: The team has the active support of a leader (Director, Administrator, CEO) who attends meetings and supports changes.

7a Teams with Administrators: How active is your administrator in the team process? ​

7b People Interested in Creating a Team: Which leader do you need from your organization who can make resource decisions about person-centered practices?​

Minnesota Team Checklist

HCBS Planning Tool

If you haven't already done so please use these links to access the tools.