PACER Helps in Many Ways
Through more than 30 projects, PACER provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities.
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center® provides resources designed to benefit all students, including those with disabilities.
PACER is for:
- Families and their children or young adults with disabilities or special health care needs from birth through adulthood.
- Educators and other professionals who work with students with or without disabilities.
- Parents of all children and schools working together to encourage family involvement in education .
Minnesota Relay is a free, federally mandated Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) program that allows individuals who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing, or speech disabled to place and receive telephone calls.
A specially trained communications assistant (CA) facilitates the telephone conversation between the person with a hearing or speech disability and other individuals.
Calls can be made to anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All calls are completely confidential.
Minnesota Relay is administered by the Telecommunications Access Minnesota (TAM) program within the Minnesota Department of Commerce, and is funded by a monthly surcharge on each wired and wireless telephone access line, and a fee on each pre-paid wireless retail transaction, in the state.
The state contracts with T-Mobile (formerly Sprint) to provide Minnesota Relay services.
Lighthouse provides services on a 24-hour or hourly basis. These services are designed around each individual and may include assistance with health and personal care, safety, nutrition, finances, activities of daily living, and training to independently perform these activities.
Lighthouse operates 5 homes that have 24/7 staffing to help fit the needs of individuals who have a disability. Lighthouse Lodge acknowledges the intrinsic value of each individual, regardless of position. We strive to acknowledge each person’s need for respect, privacy, meaningful work, recreation, community involvement and lasting friendships.
The primary goal of our program is to provide and facilitate the best possible living situation for each individual we serve. We achieve this by meeting their need for a home where emotional, spiritual, and physical needs are fully met
We provide services to Adults and Children with intellectual delays. We have CRS homes and ILS apartments located in Beltrami and Polk County of Minnesota.
Our services are designed for each person and will be based, as much as possible, on the lifestyles of other people of the individuals age, provide integration and independence, and provide training for future environments with as much independence and value as possible. It is also the program’s philosophy to provide the highest quality services available for the persons…and to offer them the opportunity to live and learn in the same setting and environment as a non-disabled persons, and to foster in each individuals potential for growth and development.
We base our programming on individual needs and wants.
5809 Annalee Lane NW, Bemidji, MN 56601
5091 Feeling Right Lane NW, Bemidji, MN 56601
We focus on providing safe, happy, and healthy living environments for individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health Concerns, and Brain Injuries. Our services can be provided through one of the three main areas: Adult Foster Care, In-Home Support, and Semi-Independent Living Services.
Sanford Health Woods Edge
1000 Anne St NW, Bemidji, MN 56601
Offering a great lifestyle and community, spacious maintenance-free apartments and team members providing personalized services. On-site health care, assistance as needed, enriching activities and many opportunities for new personalized services. On-site health care, assistance as needed, enriching activities and many opportunities for new friendships. From independent to assisted, skilled nursing or memory care, WoodsEdge caters to all levels of need.
Sanford Health Neilson Place
1000 Anne St NW, Bemidji, MN 56601
Neilson Place provides three Long Term Care Neighborhoods and one Sub-acute Rehabilitation Neighborhood. Each Neighborhood provides resident-centered care, paying special attention to the nurturing of the human spirit while meeting medical and physical needs of each resident. Care Plans are individualized to the resident and focus on assisting each resident to reach his/her highest practicable level of independence. Neilson Place provides: 24-hour skilled nursing care and a sub-acute rehabilitation unit, Skilled nursing care, Therapy – physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, Pain management, Dining services, Recreational support and recreational therapy, IV therapy, Wound care, Hospice care and respite care, licensed nursing, registered dietician, and social worker Chaplaincy.
Sanford Health Trillium
930 Anne St NW, Bemidji, MN 56601
Offering a comfortable, private alternative to traditional options for those affected by a memory illness. Designed to feel more like home, Trillium provides more extensive care in addition to a totally secured environment with controlled access, allowing residents to live as independently as possible. Trillium focuses on the residents’ needs to they can focus on what they enjoy the most. WE offer a diverse mix of affordable personal services and health care options.
Sanford Health WindSong
1010 Anne St NW, Bemidji, MN 56601
WindSong, senior catered living apartments fulfill residents’ needs for independence, privacy and social engagement. Catered living offers many options to address a wide range of needs. These options include innovative technology, 24-hour emergency response system and many amenities, including a beauty/barber shop, library, and theatre. Tenants enjoy chef-prepared dining, housekeeping, activities and much more. The catered living option offers several levels of care in one setting, including independent senior apartments, a la carte assistance as needs increase, and close by round-the-clock nursing care and memory care for those requiring a high level of support.
Sanford Health Baker Park
803 Dewey Ave N., Bemidji, MN 56601
HUD subsidized housing for low income persons 62 and older. Tenants generally pay 30% of their income toward rent.
The Clearwater Day Activity Center focuses on each individual’s needs to develop a specialized program in the areas of Home Living, Community Integration, Employment, and Independence. With one-on-one and group-centered training, those that attend the Clearwater DAC become more independent in daily living skills, are better able to contribute and interact within their community, and build lasting relationships through outside employment and group activities.
The participants at the Clearwater DAC enjoy a variety of activities from shopping, picnics at the park, bowling, and Special Olympics to family outings and real-life jobs within the area. Each activity promotes their individuality and the DAC’s mission to see these persons succeed on a daily basis with the skills they learn to thrive in every day life.
P.O. Box 29 Bagley, MN 56621
Holistic Support for People with Disabilities
LSS is committed to supporting individuals in making their own decisions that shape their quality of life, empowering them to live the life they imagine for themselves. Person-centered support means our wide array of services are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of individuals in a variety of settings.
My Life, My Choices is our innovative service delivery design focused on ensuring people with disabilities have meaningful relationships, access to services and opportunity to contribute to community.
The Bemidji LSS provides disability services, which include: Respite, In-Home services, Employment services, Housing Coordination Access, and Independent Living Skills.
LSS Statewide Services
Telephone: (888) 205-3769
Domestic, International, Special Needs, Birth Parent and Post-adoption Services
LSS Financial Counseling Service
Telephone: (888) 577-2227
Budget Counseling, Debt Management, and Counseling that concerns Housing, Bankruptcy, Reverse Mortgage or Credit Reports. Offices in Brainerd, Duluth, Eveleth, Hopkins, Mankato, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Willmar.
LSS Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Services
Telephone: (888) 205-3770
Senior volunteers with stipends provide tutoring services for school children or companionship and assistance for people who are elderly and frail. Services are provided in many counties. Call for additional information.
LSS Guardianship Options
Guardianship Options include Guardianship, Conservatorship, Power of Attorney, Care Coordination, and Personal Representative of the Estate.
LSS LifeWorks Employee Resource
Telephone: (888) 988-0098
Employee Assistance Programs, Organizational Development and Training
LSS Pregnancy and Birth Parent Services
Telephone: (888) 205-3769
Free confidential, non-directive pregnancy counseling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at all stages of pregnancy.
Assisting individuals with disabilities to live independently, pursue meaningful goals and have the same opportunities and choices as all people.
Access North provides five core services that all 400-plus Centers for Independent Living offer nationwide:
- Independent Living Skills Training
- Information and Referral
- Peer Mentoring/Group Support
- Transition to Community
P.O. Box 728 Walker, MN
Purpose: To raise awareness about stroke and brain injury and enhance the quality of life for all Minnesotans coping with it’s sudden and long term effects. We do this through advocacy and public policy, resource facilitation services – which provide personal one-on-one connection to information and resources, case management, educational and volunteer opportunities, and outreach to underserved and communities of color throughout Minnesota.
To raise awareness about stroke and brain injury and enhance the quality of life for all Minnesotans coping with it’s sudden and long term effects. We do this through advocacy and public policy, resource facilitation services – which provide personal and one-on-one connection to information and resources, case management, educational and volunteer opportunities, and outreach to underserved and communities of color throughout Minnesota.
Housing Matters connects and supports clients in the following areas:
Landlord and Tenancy Supports
In Home Case Management
Independent Living Skills
Assistance in understanding benefits
And many other services
Home Safety for Seniors:
1. The Most Common In-Home Injuries for Seniors and How to Prevent Them https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/senior-home-injuries-and-prevention/
2. Fire Safety for Elders with Special Health Needs https://www.agingcare.com/articles/fire-safety-for-elderly-148990.htm
3. Preparing Your Home for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide https://www.redfin.com/blog/2016/09/preparing-your-home-for-a-loved-one-with-alzheimers-a-caregivers-guide.html
4. 44 Crime prevention tips for seniors https://roodepoortrecord.co.za/2016/11/11/44-crime-prevention-tips-for-seniors/
5. Handicap Accessible Modifications That Won’t Turn Off Future Homebuyers https://www.angieslist.com/articles/handicap-accessible-modifications-won-t-turn-future-homebuyers.htm
6. How To Garden Safely When You’re A Senior https://howdoesyourgardenmow.com/garden-safety-for-seniors/
Shriners Hospitals for Children is one of the largest pediatric sub-specialty health care systems in the world, providing specialized care to children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.
We are dedicated to improving the lives of children through innovative care, world-class research and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals.
Each of our 22 locations specializes in one or more of our broad service lines. All care and services are provided to children up to age 18 regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
Care beyond cost
We are committed to providing the best care for children in our specialty areas of Orthopaedics, Burn Care, Spinal Cord Injury, and Cleft Lip and Palate, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
We’ve treated orthopaedic conditions since the founding of our first hospital in 1922. With a large full-time staff of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons in the United States, as well as a comprehensive team of physical, occupational, speech and other therapists, we are able to provide customized care to each child.
Since first treating burn survivors in the 1960s, we’ve pioneered some of the most significant advancements in burn care. We provide advanced care for burn injuries and related scarring, along with physical rehabilitation and emotional support.
Spinal cord injury
We were the first health care system in the country to develop spinal cord injury rehabilitation centers designed specifically for children. Our groundbreaking research has led to innovative treatment techniques, providing care that helps children lead a full, active and healthy life.
Cleft lip and palate
Our cleft lip and palate reconstruction program gives kids a reason to smile. Each treatment plan is crafted uniquely for the child by a team of experts working together to improve a child’s eating, breathing, communication, self-esteem and appearance.
We are a non-profit organization serving adults with developmental disabilities
The Northern Cass Developmental Achievement Center and Developmental Achievement Center – Bemidji are 501 (c)3 non-profit, licensed day training and habilitation centers that offer vocational training and community job placements, as well as recreational and social opportunities, to adults with developmental disabilities.
Our services are funded through the Minnesota Department of Health, individual counties and school districts. We serve a total of 85 clients, from age 16 to age 78, with abilities ranging from problem-solving resourcefulness to steadfast determination and disabilities ranging from cerebral palsy to pervasive developmental disorders like Asperger’s syndrome and autism.
- Bemidji phone: 218-759-0052
- PO Box 842 or visit 735 Mahnomin Dr. SE, Bemidji, MN 56619
- Northern Cass in Walker phone: 218-547-1121
- PO Box 1329 or visit 8059 County 12 NW, Walker, MN 56484
- Referrals: Beltrami County Health and Human Services
- 616 America Ave, Suite 330, Bemidji, MN 56601
- phone: 218-333-4223
- Referrals: Health, Human and Veteran Services – Cass County
- 400 Michigan Avenue P.O. Box 519 Walker, MN 56484
- phone: 218-547-1340
We offer tools and training for employment and for helping seniors remain independent and active. As Minnesota’s accessible reading source we also transcribe books and other materials into alternative formats, including audio and braille. We assist Minnesotans who are blind, DeafBlind, losing vision, or who have another disability that makes it difficult to read print.
Legal help that changes lives:
For 100 years, Legal Aid has worked in pursuit of helping Minnesota’s most vulnerable citizens gain access to their basic rights for safety, shelter, food, health care and education. And with the support of hundreds of Minnesotans, we’ve had the privilege to change lives along the way.
Dedicated to protecting rights and improving lives.
Our lawyers give a voice to those who may not otherwise be heard by providing the highest quality legal help to our clients, who are often among the most vulnerable families and individuals in the community. Beyond that, we seek changes in policies and systems that ease the way for many others. And we use technologies to more efficiently serve our clients and work with the judicial system. Our volunteers work to give our most vulnerable citizens a fighting chance; our donors make it all possible with much needed financial support — and together, we make a difference every day.
Protecting rights, improving lives:
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid provides free civil legal services to people with low incomes in central Minnesota through offices in Minneapolis, St. Cloud and Willmar. Our experienced staff assist clients with a variety of legal issues. Services range from educating clients about their rights, to advocating on their behalf and representing clients in court.
The Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) provides free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities statewide on legal issues related to their disabilities.
Moving justice forward:
Legal Aid’s policy advocates champion a wide range of issues that impact thousands of Minnesotans every year. We are the voice for the voiceless in the legislature, and we bring highly specialized technical skills to bear at all stages of the legislative process.
The Veterans Services Division is part of the Health, Human, and Veteran Services Department. Our goal is to provide unparalleled customer service to the veterans of Cass County, with an emphasis on individual needs and personalized benefits counseling. Our customers have paid in advance for these services and deserve only the best. An individual’s right to privacy and confidentiality is always respected. We are happy to assist veterans or their dependents on a walk-in or by appointment basis and we also offer service in several satellite locations throughout the county.
Where: 218 Washburn Avenue
When: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Where: Cass Lake Municipal Center, 330 2nd St. NW
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where: Pillager Family Center, 305 Fir Ave. West
When: 3rd Thursday of every month from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: The Depot, 45 West Main Street
When: The 1st Thursday of every month from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Where: Health, Human and Veterans Services Building, 400 Michigan Ave W.
When: Monday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM