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  • DHS launches pilot to improve criminal background studies
    July 18, 2014 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services is launching a new system that will improve the criminal background study process for employees, employers and the people they care for, Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson announced today.
  • Southern Cities Clinic opens doors to new location
    July 16, 2014 - A Faribault dental clinic that helps people with developmental disabilities has moved to a new location to better serve more clients.
  • Minnesota’s nation-leading Medicaid reform initiative delivers $10.5 million in savings during first year
    July 14, 2014 - Minnesota’s new, nation-leading approach to delivering quality health care more efficiently for low-income individuals and families is paying off.
  • 2014 legislative session fact sheets now available online
    July 11, 2014 - Fact sheets summarizing highlights of the 2014 legislative session are now available on DHS’ website.
  • State Ombudsman for Long-Term Care seeks volunteers
    July 11, 2014 - The Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care, a service of the Minnesota Board on Aging, is seeking volunteers to help Minnesotans understand and make choices about long-term care services.
  • Commissioner Jesson statement on State Government Innovation Awards
    July 10, 2014 - Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson issued the following statement on the Minnesota State Goverment Innovation Awards announced today by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
  • ‘Heroin at Home’ documentary airing statewide
    July 10, 2014 - “Heroin at Home,” a two-part documentary produced by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Twin Cities Public Television, will air July 11, July 20 and July 27 on the statewide Minnesota Channel.
  • Awards go to DHS problem gambling outreach efforts
    July 09, 2014 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services has received three awards for efforts to increase awareness of problem gambling and how people can get help.
  • Commissioner Jesson statement on opioid painkiller prescribing
    July 01, 2014 - Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson issued the following statement today on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new Vital Signs Issue: Opioid Painkiller Prescribing.
  • Projects awarded $3.5M to improve home care quality through innovation
    July 01, 2014 - Numerous providers of services to older Minnesotans, people with disabilities and the deaf and hard of hearing community will receive funding this summer to implement innovative projects designed to improve service quality.
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