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AASD and DSD eList announcement

Date: Jan. 3, 2019
: Mental and licensed health professionals who are experts on positive support strategies
: DHS Aging and Adult Services and Disability Services divisions
To share information about openings on the External Program Review Committee
: Immediately

DHS seeks members to join External Program Review Committee

DHS is recruiting mental and licensed health professionals who are experts on positive support strategies to be part of the External Program Review Committee (EPRC).

About the EPRC

The EPRC promotes respectful and thoughtful alternatives to restraints and other prohibited behavioral interventions in Minnesota. The committee ensures that DHS-licensed providers and others involved in supporting people of all ages with disabilities:

  • • Examine the function of disruptive behaviors
  • • Seek solutions based on person-centered, positive-support strategies.
  • The committee also makes recommendations to the DHS commissioner on policies related to Minnesota Rules, Chapter 9544 (known as the Positive Supports Rule).

    This committee is ideally suited for specialists who:

  • • Have expertise in using positive support strategies
  • • Enjoy meeting with care teams and the people they serve
  • • Can respectfully assess the work of other professionals and provide helpful feedback
  • • Can make insightful and professional contributions to policy discussions.
  • Details

    Prospective committee members apply for open positions, but are appointed by the DHS commissioner. The group meets twice a month, but the schedule varies by subcommittee (see “meetings” tab on DHS – EPRC page). Committee members:

  • • Prepare for meetings by thoroughly reviewing documentation, such as functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention reporting forms
  • • Provide supportive feedback to expanded care teams
  • • Communicate frequently with DHS staff and other EPRC representatives.
  • DHS invites members from remote areas to participate electronically, though DHS will ask members occasionally to meet in-person with the committee and the people we serve. DHS will pay non-state agency members up to $5,000 per year, and associated travel expenses will be reimbursed.


    The ERPC committee application is available on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Boards and Commissions page. Please attach the following documentation to your application:

  • • Resume
  • • Proof of licensure/qualifications
  • • Cover letter (not required but recommended)
  • • Letters of recommendation (not required but recommended).
  • There is no deadline to apply, and applications are accepted throughout the year. Those selected for the committee will be subject to a background check.


    If you have questions or comments, please email

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