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One of the many inspiring reasons we live in Minnesota is that we have the privilege of experiencing four distinct seasons every year. There are a plethora of activities to engage in each season, as we all look forward with excitement to those which pique our interest. As one season begins to wane another is ramping up. As I look out my window, the once-colorful trees are rapidly dropping their leaves in the crisp, cool breeze. What a fantastic and clear sign of change!
We work in a field where we strive to guide long-term behavior change in our clients to enhance public safety. Unlike nature, our clients do not show the undeniable signs of change. We must be more attentive to identify any hint of sustained change so we can give that progress all the affirmations it deserves. We work to support our clients through this tireless process of change, leveraging appropriate accountability when needed. We hope our clients do not revert to their old, comfortable ways.
Change is difficult. It can push us to an uncomfortable place. We can feel vulnerable. Yet with support, we can make necessary changes to improve our lives and the lives of those around us. Our MACPO Executive Board has been diligently working to address the funding inequities across the State of Minnesota. Where you live should not dictate the type of community supervision you receive, yet community supervision requires funding.
We are not in this alone. We have the support of MACCAC and the DOC. All three delivery systems and all 87 counties support an updated funding formula for community supervision in Minnesota. The Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) is leading our effort to positively guide this needed change. With counties in the driver’s seat, we hope to achieve a new funding model for all Minnesotans. Reverting to the same, comfortable funding formula should not be an option.
Effectively communicating what we do and how we do it is vital to helping our legislators understand why additional funding is needed. Although we fell short last year, we have a host of new legislators to educate in the limited amount of time we will have with them. I will continue to do my best on behalf of our membership to drive much needed change in collaboration with MACCAC, DOC, and AMC.
Once the snow has come and gone, and the trees are budding with new life, this will serve as a sure sign of a new season. This new season should bring with it a new funding formula for every county and every delivery system as we strive to enhance public safety for those who live, work, and play in Minnesota.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your MACPO President. Feel free to contact me at any time!