Project Manager

Areas of work: Direct support workforce, Employment, Families, Health and wellness, IDD Prevalence, Long-term supports and services, Person-centered planning and practice, Positive support, Quality measurement, Self-advocacy, Self-determination and self-direction, Social inclusion

Contact information

phone: +1 612-624-1297

Inst on Community Integration Room 111PtH 150 Pillsbury Dr SE Minneapolis, MN 55455


Barb Kleist manages outreach, training and technical assistance for projects at the University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration's Research and Training Center on Community Living. She works on state and federal projects focusing on improving community services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her current projects involve training, technical assistance and state policy development in person centered thinking/planning, direct support workforce development and community living. Barb is certified as a Person Centered Thinking Trainer and is trained in ToP participatory facilitation methods. She has also served as Community & Family Faculty for the MN LEND. Barb served on several state policy committees including the MN DHS Rule 40 Advisory Committee charged with developing recommendations for the modernization of the rule. She is currently a member of the MN Disability Law Center Advisory Committee, WINGS MN, The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (TLCPCP), The Arc Minnesota's Public Policy Committee and is the chair of the Legal Process and Advocacy Network of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). Barb is a licensed attorney with Minnesota State Bar with more than 30 years' experience working to improve community living and the quality of life for people with disabilities. She has experience representing self-advocates or family members in guardianship and administrative proceedings, mediating disputes, evaluating services and providing training for community services staff, families and self-advocates on a variety of topics.




Offers a suite of competency-based, online curricula for professionals providing services to people with intellectual, developmental, physical, and psychiatric disabilities, and to older adults....

In collaboration with: Center for Personal Assistance Services, University of California, San Francisco, Elsevier, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston, Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities [Philadelphia, PA]


Minnesota DHS Systems Change and Capacity Building Through Research, Training, and Technical Assistance Projects

Conducts research, training and technical assistance activities that enhance Minnesota's capacity to support community living for individuals with disabilities and/or mental illness. Primary areas...


National Frontline Supervisor Competency set (NFSC set) [Archived]

Developed a Frontline Supervisor (FLS) competency set to build and promote a frontline workforce equipped to meet the complex needs of individuals with disabilities. Based on national validation of...


New York Direct Support Professional (DSP) Credentialing Program Implementation Study [Archived]

Aims to gauge the workforce development issues for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in the state of New York through multi-method analysis. The 2014 New York legislative assembly requested that...

In collaboration with: New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies, New York State Rehabilitation Association


National Direct Support Workforce Resource Center [Archived]

Brought together in one place the nation's premier resources on the topic of Direct Support, with the goal of improving the quality, recruitment, and retention of the Direct Service workforce...

In collaboration with: Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Institute for the Future of Aging Services [Washington, DC], Lewin Group [Falls Church, VA], Westchester Consulting Group [Washington, DC]


Moving Mountains Case Study Synthesis [Archived]

Compiled, organized, thematically analyzed, and standardized each of the 17 individual case studies of Moving Mountains recipients. Qualitatively, the case studies were analyzed by theme to...

In collaboration with: National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals


LEND Brief: Positive Behavior Support

Formats: PDFPublished: Summer 2014