Welcome to Minnesota Positive Supports Website

This website is for:

  • Mental health providers

  • Disability services providers

  • Social Workers

  • Educators

  • Anyone in the helping profession

  • You are a person receiving services

  • A parent or a loved one of a person receiving services

All people want to be respected, have choices, and feel safe.

Positive supports are approaches that are used to help people using a variety of proven support strategies that do not include punishment or seclusion.

But positive supports are much more than that. Positive supports are about respecting the dignity and rights of every person while offering individualized and effective services.

Whether someone is receiving mental health, housing, educational, disability, or any other services meant to improve a person’s life, positive supports:

  • Build on a person’s unique strengths, assets, interests, expectations, cultures, and goals,
  • Respect the rights and individuality of each person, and
  • Offer solutions that are effective.

Positive Supports Central Ideas

Positive Supports are about people, not programs. Positive supports are not chosen for convenience, instead, they are designed to meet the needs of each person.

Positive Supports are person-centered. Positive supports place a person at the center of decision-making. Person-centered supports are sensitive to the unique cultures and backgrounds of each person and include respecting personal choices.

Positive Supports are effective. Positive support practices are built on proven practices and on-going research.

Positive Support Examples

Learn more at the Minnesota DHS Positive Supports Website.

Recent Events and Presentations

Upcoming Event

Register for 2019 AAIDD Annual Conference June 24-27 in Minnesota

Opportunity for Minnesota Families

An online opportunity is now available for families living in Minnesota to share their experiences with resources for planning for the future. We also want to hear how families connect with other families.

The online survey should take about 30 minutes to complete and will be available during the month of June 2019. Family member completing the survey will receive a stipend in the form of a prepaid Visa gift card. Learn more at http://bit.ly/2vvKl1E

Positive Support Resources

Examples of Positive Supports

Minnesota Positive Behavior Support Network

What’s New

Training Opportunities

Register for Person-Centered Thinking and Picture of a Life Trainings