Opening Doors in Washington County

By Candace Miller Lopez, Midwest Special Services, Inc.

Midwest Special Services, Inc. (MSS) announces the opening of a new Day Training & Habilitation program in Oakdale. 

The MSS Creative Options Center, scheduled to open in July, will join MSS centers located in St. Paul, Apple Valley, Brooklyn Park, Eagan and Shoreview in providing innovative, person-centered services to adults with a broad spectrum of developmental and acquired disabilities. The service focus for this program will be work and meaningful work alternatives.  

The Center is being designed to function as “home-base” for a myriad of training, work, learning and recreational options.  Key amongst them; community-based mobile work teams, an award winning creative arts program, and innovative job skills training using eTrac®, an online vocational training program developed by MSS and delivered in a state of the art computer lab.  Unique to this location will be the introduction of a skill building volunteer opportunity in partnership with P.E.T. International.  Participants will be building hand powered carts that serve as mobility devices in regions of the world where wheelchairs cannot navigate the rough terrain. 

According to Lyth Hartz, President of MSS, “This is our first venture into Washington County and we couldn’t be happier.  It is exciting to open a new center, but we hope to make our mark in the County with the same high level of professional and personal care we have built our reputation on.”  MSS boasts 10 consecutive 3-year CARF Accreditations with exemplary commendations for our Autism and Creative Arts Programs, and eTrac.

Michelle Dickerson, V. P. of Programs is the Project Manager for the new location. “The Oakdale Center will showcase all the best that MSS has to offer: professionally trained staff who get hired for the unique abilities they bring to the job, a services without barriers approach to meeting challenges and creative programming that strives to stay one step ahead of expectations.”   

Consumers interested in learning more about MSS are invited to visit the website at:  You can also contact your County Case Manager to set up a tour of any of MSS’ currently operating program centers.

Candace Miller Lopez, Director of Development, can be reached at Midwest Special Services, Inc., 651.793.4126