Reporters or editors seeking information on human services issues may contact:
- Health Care: Jeanine Nistler, 651-431-4395
The two publicly funded health care programs - Medical Assistance (Minnesota's Medicaid program) and MinnesotaCare - that serve low-income Minnesotans
- Children and Family Services: Katie Bauer, 651-431-2911
Child safety and permanency, child care, child support and economic assistance programs to help families and individuals transition to work and economic stability.
- Community Supports: Sarah Berg, 651-431-4901
Behavioral health policy areas, including adult and child mental health, drug abuse, services for people with disabilities and housing.
- Continuing Care for Older Adults: Katie Everist, 651-431-5605
Care and services for seniors who need help living as independently as possible.
- Departmentwide operations: Jeanine Nistler, 651-431-4395
Operations, including compliance, legal, agencywide budget issues, human resources/employee issues.
- Office of Inspector General: Jeanine Nistler, 651-431-4395
Fraud prevention and recovery efforts and licensing.
- Minnesota Sex Offender Program: Sarah Berg, 651-431-4901
Inpatient services and treatment in Moose Lake and St. Peter facilities for people who are committed by the court as a sexual psychopathic personality or a sexually dangerous person.
- Direct Care and Treatment (formerly State Operated Services): Sarah Berg, 651-431-4901
Residential and treatment programs for people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, chemical dependency and traumatic brain injury, as well as people who pose a risk to society. It includes Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, community behavioral health hospitals and the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter.
For a complete listing of topics and communications contacts, see the Reporter's Guide to DHS (PDF).