Know the Dangers of synthetic drugs

Know the Dangers has a new social media campaign aimed at warning students and young adults about the dangers of synthetic drugs. Follow along on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Recognize Mental Health Month

Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed May as Mental Health Month in Minnesota to recognize and support the hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans with mental illness and their families. With early and effective treatment, people with mental illness can recover and lead full, productive lives. More information is in a news release.

Get connected with Parent Aware

Too many of Minnesota's children are not prepared for kindergarten. Parent Aware gives you the tools and information to find the best quality child care and early education for your child. Search more than 12,000 programs by quality rating, location, schedule and more on the website.

Celebrate Foster Care Month in May

May is Foster Care Month. Foster parents are as diverse as the children they care for. A foster parent may be single or married, have children or not have children, rent or own their home. What they share is a concern for children and a commitment to help them through tough times. Learn more about foster care

Renewal notices: MinnesotaCare & MA

Notices are coming to many Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare enrollees. Yours may say coverage was renewed automatically; you don’t have to do anything unless you have a change to report. Or you may have to return a form within 30 days to keep your coverage. Or you may need to renew your coverage in MNsure. See the Member services page for more information.


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Forgotten Children’s Fund highlighted during Foster Care Month

The Forgotten Children’s Fund pays for gifts and activities for children in foster homes and treatment centers that they may not receive otherwise.

Human Services brings focus to children’s mental health issues

The Minnesota Department of Human Services today hosted a musical performance to recognize National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

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Medical Assistance provider investigators identified how much in overpayments in 2013?





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Housing Access Services helps Minnesotans with disabilities move to homes of their own. As of April 2015, more than 1,200 people like Karli have found safe, affordable homes through the program sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and The Arc of Minnesota. More information is in a news release.

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