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News stories from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


  • Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
    April 23, 2014 - Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson encourages Minnesotans to mark National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 26, by finding and getting rid of their unused, unwanted prescription medicine as a way to stop drug abuse before it starts.
  • Jesson highlights need to rebuild Security Hospital facility
    April 16, 2014 - ST. PETER – Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson visited Minnesota Security Hospital on Wednesday to highlight the urgent need to build a safer, more therapeutic facility for mentally ill and dangerous patients.
  • More content moving to redesigned DHS public website
    April 15, 2014 - Direct care and treatment, substance abuse and problem gambling content recently moved within the DHS website. The move is part of the redesign of the department's public website to improve its usability.
  • Healthcare Decisions Day: Time to look at care needs
    April 14, 2014 - National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16 gives Minnesotans and their family members an opportunity to look at a range of future health care and long-term care needs.
  • Commissioner Jesson statement on report examining kids’ success across racial and ethnic groups
    April 01, 2014 - Today Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson issued the following statement on the Annie E. Casey Foundation report, “Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children.”
  • Input on Olmstead Plan sought from people with disabilities, others
    March 31, 2014 - Input from individuals with disabilities, their families, advocacy organizations, service providers and others is being sought on modifications to a plan that will help Minnesota develop the next generation of opportunities for people with disabilities. A subcabinet of state agency leaders led by Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon is holding listening sessions throughout the state over the next several months.
  • Commissioner Jesson highlights success of Medicaid enrollment efforts
    March 26, 2014 - This morning, Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson recognized the success of Medical Assistance enrollment efforts across Minnesota by visiting an organization that has been helping Somali immigrants sign up for health coverage.
  • Olmstead Plan transportation forum at DHS Wednesday
    March 21, 2014 - Gathering input from people with disabilities about the state's transportation system is the aim of a public forum Wednesday, March 26, sponsored the state departments of Human Services (DHS) and Transportation (MnDOT) as part of Minnesota's Olmstead Plan implementation.
  • Budget information available online
    March 14, 2014 - Gov. Mark Dayton’s supplemental budget recommendations for the 2014-2015 biennium are available on the Minnesota Management & Budget’s website. Fact sheets summarizing human services proposals for the 2014 legislative session are now available on the DHS website.
  • 12-county collaborative joins DHS health partnership demonstration
    March 14, 2014 - Southern Prairie Community Care, a 12-county collaborative in Southwest Minnesota, recently signed a contract to join the Integrated Health Partnerships demonstration, which strives to deliver higher quality and lower costs through innovative approaches to care and payment.
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