The Lutheran Home Association Works with AARM and Legislators to Advance ICF Support

Hope Residence November 18, 2019

BELLE PLAINE, MINN. (November 15, 2019) — The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA), Hope Residence, and  ARRM recently met Senator Rich Draheim (R-Madison Lake, Minn.) and Rep. Bob Vogel (R-Elko New Market, Minn.) to discuss ways to advance support for the ICF’s in the upcoming legislative session. This includes increasing provider rates for ICF/DD care communities with low rate settings.

Michael Klatt, president and CEO of TLHA, and Debra Wilbright, regional director of disabilities services at TLHA, along with team members from ARRM, discussed the following:

  • ARRM initiatives for a 5% increase in small group homes
  • Residential life and work settings at Hope Residence

Hope Residence, an ICF/DD care community in Belle Plaine, provides housing and care for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. As residents age, their care plans become more complex and require additional staff, training, education, and resources.

Hope Residence has been recognized for approximately 40 years as a national leader in providing quality care, as shown by the annual site surveys conducted by the Minnesota Department of Health.

A few statistics from Hope Residence show the challenges and opportunities they and similar ICF/DD facilities face:

  1. 2014: The last year ICF/DD facilities have had a rate increase.
  2. 1:4: average caregiver-to-resident ratio (some residents require 1:1 staffing).
  3. 53%: 2019 average annual caregiver turnover rate.
  4. 84%: percentage of residents with ID/IDD and other medical diagnosis.
  5. 81%: percentage of residents with a dual diagnosis (ID/IDD and mental illness).
  6. 53%: percentage of residents who work in the community.
  7. 99%: average occupancy rate.

The next step for TLHA, ARRM, Senator Draheim, and Representative Vogel is to bring these goals to the December legislative session.

“We are appreciative of the opportunity to meet with Sen. Draheim and Rep. Vogel,” said Michael Klatt, president and CEO of TLHA. “Their active interest in the crisis facing Hope, ARRM and other ICF/DD facilities will lead to generating more interest and will ideally be a catalyst for change in this sector.”

About Hope Residence                                                                        
Hope Residence provides an extensive array of services to support and enhance the lives of residents dealing with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The care community offers four home-like living areas, a sensory room, and onsite recreational programs designed to encourage social engagement and promote self-sufficiency—all supervised by team members committed to delivering the highest standard of care.

Hope Residence is looking for caring, compassionate, and dedicated team members. Visit to apply today. As a ministry of The Lutheran Home Association, Hope Residence provides for the spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional needs of those entrusted to their care.

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About The Lutheran Home Association
The Lutheran Home Association is a not-for-profit ministry dedicated to providing for the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of people in its care. We offer a wide variety of health-care, housing, and spiritual outreach services with campuses in several states and congregational programs serving seniors and individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities nationwide.

Services and programs include senior living, skilled nursing care, memory care, disability services, rehabilitative therapies, chaplaincy, Bible classes, worship services, and property management services. TLHA is looking for caring, compassionate and dedicated team members. Visit to apply. Learn more at, follow @TLHAword on Twitter, and “Like” us on Facebook.