About DHS

The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides Minnesotans with a variety of services intended to help people live as independently as possible.


Public participation

DHS invites client, stakeholder and citizen involvement in its initiatives and proposed program changes. The following are current opportunities for participation.

Comments sought on 2016 Statewide Managed Care Procurement

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is gathering input into the statewide procurement Request for Proposals (RFP) for Medical Assistance (MA) and MinnesotaCare members enrolled in managed care. The purpose of this request for comments is to solicit community feedback on how we can improve the measurement and performance of managed care contracting; our goal is to improve outcomes and service to our members, providers, counties and communities. DHS will use the feedback it receives through this request for comments and other stakeholder meetings to inform the design (measurement, weight, evaluation) of the statewide managed care procurement for MA and MinnesotaCare.

The comments provided through this process are for planning purposes only. Those who respond should not anticipate feedback from DHS. DHS will publish the RFP Jan. 5, 2015, for contracts beginning Jan. 1, 2016. More information about the request for comments is in  response instructions document (PDF).

Comment period begins on Home and Community-Based Services Transition Plan

DHS announces a public comment period on the Minnesota Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Transition Plan (PDF). The plan applies to the following home and community-based services waivers:

  • Brain Injury (BI)
  • Community Alternative Care (CAC)
  • Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI)
  • Developmental Disabilities (DD)
  • Elderly Waiver (EW).

This plan shows how Minnesota will comply with new federal rules for Medical Assistance home and community-based services for people with disabilities and older adults. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and DHS designed the new rules so people receiving home and community-based services have full access to the:

  • Benefits of community living
  • Opportunity to receive services in the most integrated setting.

DHS will accept comments on the transition plan from 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, through 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Email comments to HCBS.Settings@state.mn.us no later than 4:30 p.m., CST, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.

For more information or to submit comments, email HCBS.Settings@state.mn.us.

Public comments sought for Governor's Task Force on the Protection of Children

Members of the public can send comments for the task force to dhs.child.protection.task.force@state.mn.us. More information about the task force is at: http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/childprotectiontaskforce.

Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force

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.

Advisory groups

Many advisory committees provide expertise and input on a regular basis to help DHS create and implement program changes. Most committees are comprised of members from outside DHS. A complete list of DHS advisory committees is online.


DHS welcomes volunteer help on an ongoing basis at Forensic Services in St. Peter.

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