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  • New leader for state-operated treatment programs
    September 14, 2015 - A new leader will oversee the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) health system for mental health and chemical dependency treatment programs Commissioner Lucinda Jesson announced today.
  • Fraud threat: SNAP hotline intercepted
    September 09, 2015 - Members of the public are reporting receiving unsolicited calls from what appears to be the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) toll-free information hotline number: 1-800-221-5689. The unsolicited callers are requesting personal information offering assistance for filling out a SNAP application or other non-SNAP related services such as home security systems.
  • TXT4Life program expands reach with $1M boost in funding
    September 08, 2015 - Help is now a text message away anytime for Minnesotans experiencing crisis or contemplating suicide.
  • Website recognized for synthetic drug education
    September 08, 2015 - “Cannabinoids” and “cathinones” may not roll off the tongue of most people, but “Spice” and “K2” are well known to many youth. That’s why educating teachers, parents, and youth about the dangers of synthetic drugs is the goal of an innovative prevention effort,
  • Commissioner Jesson statement on today's ruling in UCare lawsuit
    September 03, 2015 - Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson issued the following statement Thursday on the judge's ruling in the UCare lawsuit.
  • Public input sought on safety-net services at meetings across Minnesota
    August 28, 2015 - DHS is holding a series of meetings around the state to discuss ideas for improving safety-net services for people with mental illness, substance use disorders and disabilities.
  • More than 1,000 join to solve Minnesota’s pain pill problem
    August 26, 2015 - On Tuesday, Aug. 25, more than 1,000 law enforcement, public health officials, health care professionals, attorneys, drug court representatives, medical students, state, tribal and local government staff, community leaders, recovering addicts and their families from across Minnesota met in Minneapolis to address the state's pain pill problem.
  • Board will mark Medicare 50th anniversary at State Fair
    August 26, 2015 - The Minnesota Board on Aging and its flagship service, the Senior LinkAge Line®: a One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors, will again be part of the Minnesota State Fair this year.
  • Important update on state email outage
    August 21, 2015 - On Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2015, the state of Minnesota experienced an email outage for incoming messages. If you emailed a state employee between the hours of 1 a.m. and 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 19, 2015, that message was not received. In order to ensure your message is received, we encourage you to re-send your message to its intended recipient. More information is available on the MN.IT Services website.
  • Pain. Pill. Problem. conference to tackle painkiller abuse
    August 20, 2015 - Hundreds of stakeholders from across the state will gather Tuesday, Aug. 25, to define Minnesota’s problem with prescription painkillers and determine how to best address it.
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