The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides Minnesotans with a variety of services intended to help people live as independently as possible.
DHS invites client, stakeholder and citizen involvement in its initiatives and proposed program changes. The following are current opportunities for participation.
In response to 2013 legislation, DHS has convened a stakeholder group, with input from the State Court Administrator's Office, to review mentally ill and dangerous civil commitments. The stakeholder group will also be responsible for the development of recommendations, which will be submitted to the Legislature prior to Jan. 15, 2014.
The stakeholder group includes representatives from DHS, county human services, county attorneys, commitment defense attorneys, the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Minnesota Disability Law Center and consumers and advocates.
The stakeholder group will continue to meet 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Dec. 16 and Jan. 6, 2014, and every other Monday thereafter at DHS offices, 444 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, Room 5139. If you have questions, are interested in participating, or are aware of consumers who are interested in participating, contact Faye Bernstein at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-431-2230.
The Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force was created to examine and provide Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson with recommendations on the processes relating to the civil commitment of sex offenders in Minnesota.