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  • Human Services awards $1.8M in grants to serve foster youth
    September 08, 2014 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services recently awarded $1.8 million to 15 community service agencies statewide to meet the needs current and former foster youth, who are at greater risk of becoming homeless.
  • DHS sponsoring Recovery Month events in September
    September 04, 2014 - Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed September as Recovery Month in Minnesota, in recognition of the annual National Recovery Month, which marks its 25th anniversary this year.
  • Minnesota retailers lead nation in preventing tobacco sales to youth
    September 02, 2014 - Minnesota achieved a 99 percent compliance rate with state and federal laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to people under 18 years old during the 2013 federal fiscal year.
  • Governor Dayton marks 20 years of Senior LinkAge® Line
    August 28, 2014 - Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed today, Aug. 28, 2014, Senior LinkAge Line® One Stop Shop for Older Minnesotans Day in honor of the 20th year of the service.
  • Mental health stakeholders invited to discuss initiatives
    August 22, 2014 - DHS is convening a series of meetings for stakeholders around Minnesota to discuss ideas for improving mental health services in their areas. Feedback from these meetings will help the department in developing initiatives for the 2015 session of the Minnesota Legislature.
  • More content moving to redesigned DHS public website
    August 22, 2014 - Adult protective services, home and community services for seniors, Indian Elder Desk, Ombudsman for Long -Term Care and nursing homes content is moving within the DHS website today. The move is part of a redesign of the department's public website to improve its usability.
  • State Fair booth to highlight Senior LinkAge Line's 20th anniversary
    August 19, 2014 - DHS is involved in several efforts at this year’s Minnesota State Fair, which begins Thursday, Aug. 21, and runs through Monday, Sept. 1. This year the Minnesota Board on Aging booth in the Education Building will highlight the 20th anniversary of the Senior LinkAge Line®.
  • Parent Aware: Helping parents find child care, early education
    August 18, 2014 - It’s now easier for parents to find child care and early education programs that will help their young children get ready for kindergarten, thanks to a beefed up online search tool launched today. The website now connects parents to an expanded database of more than 12,000 programs.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program use grows at farmers markets
    August 08, 2014 - More Minnesotans are using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables and other eligible products at local farmers markets.
  • Circle of Excellence Awards seeking nominations
    August 07, 2014 - Nominations are being accepted for the annual Commissioner's Circle of Excellence Awards, which recognize excellence among human services providers, counties, tribes, advocacy groups and other organizations.
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