The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides Minnesotans with a variety of services intended to help people live as independently as possible.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services is an organization of individuals with a commitment to bettering the lives of Minnesotans. While DHS employees perform different jobs and duties, such as research-analyses, direct caregiving, program administration, fraud prevention, licensing oversight, plant management and human resources, we share a belief that when Minnesotans help other Minnesotans, we create a brighter future for all of us.
Meet one of our employees:
Mark Toogood, director of the Department's Transition to Economic Stability Division, was appointed to the board of directors for the National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS) in December 2012. NAWRS is a nonprofit association that promotes the exchange of ideas on how research and statistical analysis can contribute to the development and administration of effective human services programs.
Board members consist of two representatives from 10 federal regions. They must be state and local government employees and are required to serve two-year terms. In his position, Toogood will participate in four meetings per year to make planning, administrative, and business decisions for the organization and for each annual conference by planning the program, identifying workshops, and selecting speakers and presenters. He will also address issues of importance to research.
“We are extremely pleased that Mark is now representing the department on this board,” said Erin Sullivan Sutton, Children and Family Services assistant commissioner. “He will not only bring his extensive experience and knowledge of our state’s programs and services to the board, but will also benefit from the expertise of his new cohorts, giving opportunity to explore improvements in our system and our state.”