CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership

2019 CQL Awards of Excellence

The 2019 CQL Awards of Excellence recognize organizations and individuals that demonstrate excellence through innovative and emerging practices, in the support of youth, adults, and older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities.

These awards honor people and organizations that exemplify the very best in human services. This year’s recipients were selected from among dozens of submissions by entities that have achieved CQL Accreditation and/or CQL Certification.


The Arc Mid-Hudson - Cornell Creative Business And Arts Center

The Cornell Creative Business and Arts Center, established by The Arc Mid-Hudson in New York to re-purpose a sheltered workshop site, cultivates a synergy between businesses, the local arts community and people with disabilities. The Business Center provides nine artisan work sites which support businesses to produce, package, and ship their products. The businesses receive reduced operating costs in return for hiring individuals with a disability. In a 10,000 square foot open space consisting of 10 artist studios, 1 dance/movement studio, and a community room workshop, people can work creatively together and empower one another in order to achieve their goals and reach their true potential.
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CHI Friendship

In 2015, CHI Friendship in North Dakota began an initiative to reinstate rights for people they support. CHI Friendship developed creative and innovative approaches to eliminate and reduce restrictions such as fading plans, integrating technology, utilizing task analyses, and increasing education for staff and people receiving services. These efforts of CHI Friendship have resulted in a 36% removal/reduction of rights restrictions from people’s plans!
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Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota - Olive Branch

The employees of Olive Branch, a supported living home for people with disabilities by Lutheran Social Service Of Minnesota, are leading the way to true person-centered supports in the Fosston, Minnesota area. They work and breathe “nothing about us without us,” where they provide desired supports for the local advocacy group, assist people in developing their person-centered plans, and incorporate the Personal Outcome Measures® by focusing on indicators with those they support.
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