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News stories from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


  • 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.
  • Gov. Dayton declares Sept. 22 to 28 Infant Safe Sleep Week
    September 23, 2013 - Gov. Mark Dayton has declared the week of Sept. 22, 2013, Infant Safe Sleep Week. The week provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations, government entities, health care facilities and coalitions to promote the awareness of safe sleep practices.
  • 15 appointed to serve on Human Services Performance Council
    September 18, 2013 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and county partners have appointed 15 people to a council charged with ensuring Minnesota counties make continuous improvement in programs serving human services clients.
  • One-of-a-kind Minnesota nursing home payment program promotes overall quality
    September 16, 2013 - A one-of-a-kind DHS program that provides nursing homes additional payment for quality improvement projects shows promise for encouraging overall nursing home quality improvement, according to a study published this month in the journal Health Affairs.
  • Minnesota joins national observance of Falls Prevention Awareness Day Sept. 22
    September 16, 2013 - Governor Mark Dayton has declared Sept. 22 as Falls Prevention Awareness Day in Minnesota, making Minnesota among 47 states joining the national Falls Free® Initiative to raise awareness of falls.
  • DHS partnering with CMS to improve services for low-income seniors, people with disabilities
    September 12, 2013 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services is partnering with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve care for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees.
  • Suicide Prevention Day: Time to remember there is help for those who need it
    September 06, 2013 - As World Suicide Prevention Day is observed this Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Minnesota Department of Human Services reminds Minnesotans of resources available to people in despair and their friends and family members.
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