We are very excited to announce that the Minnesota Statewide Independent Living Council is coming to our Hibbing office to hold informational meetings as well as a public forum on May 9th and 10th.
What is the SILC?
The Minnesota Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is a statewide planning council that is not a part of any state agency. The SILC works to promote the network of Independent living services through collaborations between State services, Centers for Independent Living and community providers.
The 1992 Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act greatly expanded the role and responsibilities of the statewide independent living councils, in effect making them full partners with vocational rehabilitation in the independent living process. -
Work with the DSU (VRS/SSB) to develop the SPIL. (State Plan for Independent Living)
- Determining the use of IL funds provided through Part B of the Act
- Monitor, review and evaluate implementation of SPIL
These new responsibilities (detailed in Section 705) provide councils with very significant authority in statewide independent living program administration--an authority that was lacking prior to passage of the '92 Amendments.
Therefore, it is very important that people who are appointed to the councils be not just knowledgeable about but also have a real commitment to disability rights and the independent living philosophy--and their translation into the kinds of service programs and advocacy activities that are genuinely appropriate for independent living centers.
- SILC members are appointed by the Governor
- Members can serve up to two consecutive full 3 year terms
SILC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The statute specifically identifies five duties that the SILC must carry out:
Every three years the SILC is responsible for the development of the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The SPIL is signed by the chair of the SILC on behalf of the other Council members.
The SPIL is also signed by the head of the Designated State Unit, usually VR, as well as the head of SSB
The SPIL is then sent to RSA, where it is reviewed and approved by the Commissioner. The SPIL may be sent back to the state to be amended prior to the approval of the Commissioner.
The SILC then has an obligation to "monitor, review, and evaluate the implementation of the SPIL." Each plan has a series of goals and objectives that the SILC must oversee.
There are other duties and responsibilities that the SILC must carry out. Please see their website
for more information.