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News stories from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


  • More information added to Olmstead Plan website
    July 25, 2014 - New information had been added to the Olmstead Plan website. The Olmstead Plan is not only intended to carry out the actions agreed to in the settlement but also to chart a course that will help ensure Minnesotans with disabilities have the opportunity to learn, work, and enjoy life in the most integrated setting.
  • Commissioner Jesson statement on Minnesota’s KIDS COUNT ranking
    July 22, 2014 - Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson issued the following statement on the state’s No. 5 ranking in the national 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
  • DHS launches pilot to improve criminal background studies
    July 18, 2014 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services is launching a new system that will improve the criminal background study process for employees, employers and the people they care for, Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson announced today.
  • Southern Cities Clinic opens doors to new location
    July 16, 2014 - A Faribault dental clinic that helps people with developmental disabilities has moved to a new location to better serve more clients.
  • Minnesota’s nation-leading Medicaid reform initiative delivers $10.5 million in savings during first year
    July 14, 2014 - Minnesota’s new, nation-leading approach to delivering quality health care more efficiently for low-income individuals and families is paying off.
  • 2014 legislative session fact sheets now available online
    July 11, 2014 - Fact sheets summarizing highlights of the 2014 legislative session are now available on DHS’ website.
  • State Ombudsman for Long-Term Care seeks volunteers
    July 11, 2014 - The Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care, a service of the Minnesota Board on Aging, is seeking volunteers to help Minnesotans understand and make choices about long-term care services.
  • Commissioner Jesson statement on State Government Innovation Awards
    July 10, 2014 - Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson issued the following statement on the Minnesota State Goverment Innovation Awards announced today by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
  • ‘Heroin at Home’ documentary airing statewide
    July 10, 2014 - “Heroin at Home,” a two-part documentary produced by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Twin Cities Public Television, will air July 11, July 20 and July 27 on the statewide Minnesota Channel.
  • Awards go to DHS problem gambling outreach efforts
    July 09, 2014 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services has received three awards for efforts to increase awareness of problem gambling and how people can get help.
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