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News stories from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


  • Help available for Minnesota’s SNAP recipients as benefits change
    October 28, 2013 - Help is available for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who will see two changes in their benefits amounts during October and November 2013.
  • DHS to host 16th annual adoption celebration to help engage families
    October 28, 2013 - “Home,” “love,” and “family” are simple words many people take for granted, but for Minnesota children in the foster care system waiting to be adopted, those words mean so much more.
  • Commissioner Jesson statement on increased controls for prescription drugs
    October 25, 2013 - Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson released a statement supporting federal Food and Drug Administration recommendations to tighten restrictions on opioid-based prescriptions.
  • October is time to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs
    October 18, 2013 - October is Medicine Abuse Awareness Month and also fall clean-up time for many Minnesota households.
  • Proclamation recognizes county financial workers and case aides
    October 15, 2013 - Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed Oct. 16, as County Financial Worker and Case Aide Day in Minnesota.
  • Own Your Future meeting set: Public invited to comment on affordable ways to pay for long-term care
    October 15, 2013 - Own Your Future, an initiative to encourage Minnesotans to plan to pay for their long-term care, moves to another step this week with a public meeting on long-term care financing options for middle-income citizens.
  • Members appointed to serve on Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council
    October 08, 2013 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services recently appointed 33 people to a council charged with reducing disparities within programs serving human services clients.
  • Minnesota’s problem gambling website receives national award
    October 02, 2013 -, which provides information and resources for compulsive gambling, received the National Council on Problem Gambling’s award for Best Problem Gambling-Related Website.
  • Feedback sought on updated plan to help people with disabilities
    September 25, 2013 - Minnesota’s Olmstead Subcabinet has posted an updated draft of the Olmstead Plan. The plan will help ensure Minnesotans with disabilities have the opportunity to learn, work and enjoy life in the most integrated setting.
  • Minnesota ranked 4th nationally for health care system performance for low-income individuals
    September 24, 2013 - A new report from the Commonwealth Fund has found Minnesota is among the best states in the nation when it comes to health care for low-income individuals.
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