Legislators pay visit to Mary T

Mary T. Inc., Coon Rapids, welcomed State Rep. Jerry Newton, DFL-Coon Rapids, State Rep. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, and State Sen. John Hoffman, DFL-Champlin/Coon Rapids, for a site visit on March 25.

The bipartisan group of legislators met with employees at Mary T. Inc. to learn about its newest services – supported apartments and assistive technology.

Supported apartments are ideal for individuals with disabilities who need onsite supervision, providing support with activities of daily living and life skills coaching, according to Brent Krocak, Mary T program director.

Mary T. Inc. staff function out of a hub apartment which also serves as a community room. Krocak said.

Staff are on-site throughout the day and are available at all times, he said.

“Allowing clients the opportunity to have more independence is essential,” Abeler said.

“Mary T is once again leading the way in client-focused innovation.”

This service model allows greater independence but also security, knowing staff are nearby and easily accessible, according to Krocak.

Services are tailored to meet the individuals’ needs and may include independent living skills, medication and budget management, recreation, transportation, community meals and assistive technology, Krocak said.

Assistive technology is another new service offered by Mary T. Inc.

This service uses a variety of technology solutions to help improve safety, aid in identifying potential risks and facilitate independence, according to Jim Neuswanger, senior manager for information technology for Mary T.

“The systems are discreet, easy to use and allow individuals to go about their daily activities with their privacy intact,” Neuswanger said.

“Mary T. Inc. assistive technology can be customized to best meet individual needs and lifestyles.”

In light of the recent proposed cuts to the state’s health and human services budget, Mary T. Inc. is proud to offer these solutions to increase efficiency in services, while maintaining its person-centered, high quality of care, said Courtney Spies, executive assistant to the CEO and dietary and rental services manager.

“Once again, Mary T. Inc. is ahead of the innovation curve with next generation assistive technology,” said Newton, who is new to the House Health and Human Service Finance Committee.

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