• Education Specialist 2
Inst on Community Integration
Room 204-K Pattee Hall [map]
150 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Laurie "Chet" Tschetter is an Education Specialist 2 at the Research & Training Center at the Institute on Community Integration (ICI) at the University of Minnesota. She completed a BA in Elementary Education with a minor in Elementary Music at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

She directed residential and day camps, respite programs, a work-leisure program, and travel program for individuals with disabilities while working at True Friends near Annandale, Minnesota for 20 years. Chet has worked in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She supported individuals in securing employment and/or navigating university. She was the Education Program Manager for the Autism Society of Minnesota where she provided ASD training to the community, provided social skills classes and events for children and adults with ASD, wrote and administered grants to support the organizations education programs.

At ICI, Chet is the co-editor for Frontline Initiative which is a newsletter for Direct Support Professionals. Chet is active in projects related to the workforce for community services, and contributes to systems change to Person Centered Practices by leading and coordinating training events and authoring for the College of Direct Support.




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Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)

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Frontline Initiative: The Changing Roles of the Direct Support Professional

A newsletter issue recognizing the changing role of the Direct Support Professional (DSP). This issue highlights public policies that can support the changing role of DSPs, and ways they support…

Published: 2018

HCBS Modules for Person-Centered Organizations: Using a Team Approach to Build on Person-Centered Practices (#2)

This module tells how to create a team who will improve services. There are many different types of HCBS, which means that teams will look different across providers. This module helps you consider…

Published: 8/27/2021

HCBS Modules for Person-Centered Organizations: Making Person-Centered Practices a Part of Everyday Work (#6)

Successful teams include new person-centered ideas in the meetings, work routines, and trainings that already occur within HCBS. This module will share how teams have been able to work smarter, not…

Published: 8/27/2021

Frontline Initiative: DSPs Respond to Crisis

Direct support professionals (DSPs) have been through a lot this past year. Through a global pandemic, natural disasters, social unrest, and personal distress, they’ve stepped up as they always do.…

Published: 7/6/2021

Frontline Initiative: Making a Career in Direct Support

This issue of Frontline Initiative is about making a career in direct support. Direct support professionals (DSPs) report on why and how they have accomplished this. People supported and their…

Published: 9/21/2020

Person and Family-Centered Approaches in Mental Health and Co-Occurring Disorders Training Project: Final Report

A report describing Developing and Engaging Training on Person-Centered and Family-Centered Approaches in Mental Health and Co-occurring Disorders , a training project that ICI performed for the…

Published: 2019

HCBS Modules for Person-Centered Organizations: Creating an Action Plan (#5)

Once the assessment is complete, teams will choose a simple set of actions that can be completed by working smarter, not harder, and by considering the work that is already being done within the…

Published: 8/27/2021

Frontline Initiative: Self-Care for DSPs

A newsletter issue promoting self-care for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). To assist the people they support, DSPs must also take care of their own needs, health, and wellness. Incorporating…

Published: 2019

HCBS Modules for Person-Centered Organizations: Assessing Your Organization’s Strengths and Needs (#4)

Each HCBS provider is unique. A completed assessment will reflect the strengths of existing services as well as what can be done to improve outcomes for people. Different approaches are used to…

Published: 8/27/2021

HCBS Modules for Person-Centered Organizations: Confirming Readiness (#3)

The team assesses how ready the staff and people supported are in working together to improve HCBS. Everyone is involved in improving outcomes for HCBS. For this reason, it is important to make…

Published: 8/27/2021

HCBS Modules for Person-Centered Organizations: Evaluating Person-Centered Practices Over Time (#7)

Providers are already expected to report on HCBS outcomes related to people receiving services. The goal of this module is to help teams consider what data are already being collected, brainstorm…

Published: 8/27/2021

Frontline Initiative: Supporting Healthy Relationships

This issue of Frontline Initiative focuses on developing awareness, knowledge, and skills for supporting healthy relationships. It also includes information about tools and resources that direct...

Published: 2020

HCBS Modules for Person-Centered Organizations: Overview of the Minnesota Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Modules for Person-Centered Organizations (#1)

This module provides an overview for improving person-centered outcomes in HCBS. Major terms are introduced and details about the training are described. The goal is not to teach how to master a…

Published: 8/27/2021

HCBS Modules for Person-Centered Organizations: Problem-Solving When Person-Centered Related Challenges Occur (#8)

Every provider experiences challenges while providing HCBS. These challenges make it harder to improve person-centered outcomes. This module explains how staff attrition, lack of resources, and…

Published: 8/27/2021


  • Community life
    • Community supports and services
      • Faith communities
        • Friendships and social relationships
          • Person-centered planning and practices
            • Recreation and leisure
              • Social inclusion
              • Direct support workforce
                • Retention and recruitment
                  • Supervision and mentoring
                    • Training
                      • Workforce development strategies
                      • Employment and postsecondary education
                        • Accommodations and supports
                          • Customized employment
                            • Day training and habilitation
                              • Employment and workforce development
                              • Housing and residential services
                                • Community group residential
                                  • Consumer/self-directed services
                                    • Family supports/in-home services
                                    • Specific disability
                                      • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
                                        • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)
                                          • Multiple disabilities
                                            • Other health impairment
                                              • Physical disability
                                              • Specific life stage
                                                • Adolescents and young adults
                                                  • Adults
                                                    • Children


                                                    • Technical assistance
                                                      • Training and professional development