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Thank you for visiting the Minnesota Olmstead Plan website and reviewing the website’s Usage and Privacy Policy. By visiting this website you are accepting the policies and practices described in this notice. This Usage and Privacy Policy covers the following topics:

  • Email and email security – protecting your own privacy and information security
  • What happens to information you send to us
  • Responses to your emails
  • Automatic collection of information
  • Links to and from this website
  • Please note that this Usage and Privacy Policy is subject to change as the website is developed over coming months. This Usage and Privacy Policy is dated July 18, 2013.

    Email and email security – protecting your own privacy and information security

    We really want to hear from you. Email may be one of the most efficient ways you provide us with your questions, insights and opinions. Many of the comments you may want to share will come from your own personal experience. It’s essential that we hear these experiences from many voices. It is also extremely important that you take precautions to protect your own privacy and information security as you contact us.

    Please know that information that is transmitted to us by email over the Internet is not secure and could be intercepted and read by other Internet users unless it has been encoded or encrypted by you prior to you sending it. For your protection, please do not include private, personal information in your emails such as your Social Security number, phone number, home address and other personal details such as medical diagnoses. Another alternative if you choose not to encrypt or encode your email or you don’t want to use email is to send us your views by conventional mail at:

    Minnesota Olmstead Implementation Office
    400 Wabasha Street – Suite 400
    St. Paul, Minnesota 55102

    What happens to information that you send to us?

    The information you send to us by email or conventional mail will be provided to the members of the Minnesota’s Olmstead Sub-Cabinet and agency staff. They will use the information for guidance and feedback as they develop and implement Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan. Except in the rare event of an authorized law enforcement investigation or, as required by law, we do not share our e-mail or conventional mail with any other organizations without prior permission. We will not sell or rent any of the personal information that may be sent to us such as your email address. Since you are commenting on a public policy process, if a data request is made for information on the Olmstead Plan Website pursuant to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, your information may be disclosed.

    In coming months this website may include consumer surveys. This usage policy will be updated to make it clear how submitted survey data will be used. It is also possible that personal stories and experiences might be sought as examples in the Minnesota Olmstead Sub-Cabinet’s final report or for educational purposes on this website. We will not publish any material either on the website or in the final report that identifies a particular person without their prior authorization.

    Under record retention schedules, comments received by the Sub-Cabinet may be kept for up to three years and then destroyed.

    Responses to your emails

    Much as we would like to, we will not be providing individual responses to emails. Please know that your comments are appreciated and valuable. There may be situations when a staff person may contact you to provide additional assistance, to address issues you identify, to further improve the website, or to seek your consent to forward your e-mail to a government or non-profit party to further help you.

    Automatic collection of information

    For every visitor to the website, there are several common pieces of information that is automatically collected and stored in technical logs. Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type, operating system, the date and time of the visit and the addresses to which a visitor linked during a visit to the website are all recorded. We cannot and do not associate any of this information with individuals, distribute this information or use it in any manner other than for analysis in improving the website for users.

    Links to others sites/sites that link to the Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan website

    Robust, open discussion is important in developing Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan. Our website has links to websites that might be useful in understanding issues, trends, history, and different approaches to serving people with disabilities. The viewpoints expressed on these other websites do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint(s) of the Minnesota Olmstead Sub-Cabinet or Implementation Office. Please remember that when you use one of these links to another website, you are no longer on our website and are subject to the privacy policy of the new website.

    We welcome the openness that comes from having many ways that people find this website including via links pointing to our website from other websites. These external links to our website are welcomed but do not reflect any particular endorsement by the Minnesota Olmstead Sub-Cabinet of the content or viewpoints expressed on those websites. The Minnesota Olmstead Sub-Cabinet accepts no responsibility for the content or accessibility of the external websites or external documents linked to on this website.