History of KCQ
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In June of 1988,
KCQ received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and was also granted a certificate of operation from the Minnesota Department of Jobs and Training, Division of Rehabilitation Services.
KCQ has maintained state certification and certification as an extended employment program provider. KCQ has also continued to receive accreditation from CARF in the areas of job development, job supports, job site training, and vocational evaluation services. Additionally, KCQ is licensed by the Department of Human Services to provide Supported Employment Services, and has a certificate from the Department of Labor authorizing the payment of special minimum wages. KCQ, Inc. has receive their three year accreditiataion from CARF every time our renewal date came due. This is the highest attainable accreditation a facility can receive, reflecting high standard of administration and programmatic service delivery.
Rice County Commissioners solicited proposals for the development of a workshop without walls program for citizens with disabilities of Rice County, Minnesota. The county was interested in a program that would offer adults with disabilities employment opportunities out in the community and not in a sheltered workshop. On September 13, 1983, Rice County Association for Retarded Citizens, the Social Services Advisory Committee, and the Rice County Commissioners voted to support the proposal submitted by KCQ, Inc., Supported Employment Program Division. During the next three years KCQ operated on a grant through the Minnesota Department of Rehabilitation Services, and in 1987, became qualified for long-term funding through that department.