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  • Commissioner Jesson visits Worthington to highlight vital mental health investment
    April 03, 2015 - A proposal in Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget aims to help providers of intensive mental health services stay in business.
  • Initiative helps 2,000 nursing home residents go home
    April 02, 2015 - An initiative started in 2010 to help Minnesotans in nursing homes return home if they wish has just hit the milestone of helping to move 2,000 people.
  • Minnesota receives federal approval for new autism benefit
    April 01, 2015 - Minnesota will soon provide early intensive intervention for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder.
  • Final report advocates significant child protection changes
    April 01, 2015 - The Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children released its final recommendations making key reforms to Minnesota’s child protection system.
  • Gains in diabetes, vascular care narrow the disparity gap
    March 26, 2015 - While most outcomes for Minnesota Health Care Program clients continue to lag behind those for people with other insurance, data from the eighth annual Health Care Disparities Report released today shows that the gaps are narrowing.
  • Mental health proposal to invest $39M in comprehensive care
    March 20, 2015 - DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson visited Brainerd Friday to highlight a broad legislative package with improvements to Minnesota’s mental health system, including a new statewide hotline for mental health crisis services.
  • March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
    March 19, 2015 - March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to learn how to prevent brain injury and be aware that it may be an underlying cause of other disorders.
  • Hennen named state ombudsman for long-term care
    March 16, 2015 - Cheryl Hennen, deputy ombudsman in the Office of the Ombudsman for Long Term Care since 2011, has been named to lead the office effective March 11.
  • Own Your Future panel meets March 13
    March 12, 2015 - The status of Own Your Future-related items in Governor Mark Dayton’s budget and related legislation will be discussed when the Own Your Future Advisory Panel meets from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 13, in Room 2380 of the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar St., St. Paul.
  • ‘Have the conversation’ about problem gambling this month
    March 12, 2015 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services is encouraging Minnesotans to “have the conversation” during Problem Gambling Awareness Month as part of nationwide efforts to spread the word that there is help and hope for recovery.
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