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News stories from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


  • 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.
  • Circle of Excellence Awards seeking nominations
    September 04, 2013 - The Department of Human Services is recognizing excellence in human services among its community partners. Nominations for the third annual Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Awards are being accepted through Tuesday, Oct. 1.
  • Projects funded to help older Minnesotans live well at home
    September 03, 2013 - Organizations that help older Minnesotans stay in their homes as they age are receiving more than $4.3 million in funds from the Department of Human Services.
  • Increase in adult suicides prompts call for greater prevention efforts
    August 30, 2013 - With the most recent available data showing Minnesota having the highest rate of suicide in more than a decade, state officials are highlighting the importance of knowing suicide warning signs and that mental illnesses are treatable and suicides preventable.
  • Recovery Month highlights people who find “pathways to wellness” from addiction, mental health disorders
    August 29, 2013 - Several events are planned for September as the Department of Human Service and its partners mark National Recovery Month.
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