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  • State receives $1M behavioral health planning grant
    October 21, 2015 - Minnesota has received a nearly $1 million planning grant from the federal government to help strengthen community-based treatment for mental and substance use disorders.
  • Accountable Care Organizations take root in Minnesota
    October 21, 2015 - Half of recently surveyed hospitals, clinics, and physicians in Minnesota are part of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), according to a first of its kind analysis of Minnesota’s health care market.
  • Health Care Financing Task Force to Meet Friday in Rochester
    October 20, 2015 - The Minnesota Health Care Financing Task Force will convene a meeting at the Heintz Center on Friday in Rochester.
  • Live Well at Home projects funded to help aging Minnesotans
    October 16, 2015 - Services that help older adults in Minnesota stay in their homes as they age are receiving more than $7 million in funds appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton, and awarded by DHS.
  • New Crisis Link is resource for Minnesotans’ emergency needs
    October 06, 2015 - A new Crisis Link has been launched as part of, the state’s comprehensive website for services, resources and information.
  • Historic mental health funding bill signed
    October 01, 2015 - Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and mental health advocates, health care providers and community partners joined Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday for a ceremonial bill signing celebrating the state’s largest increase in mental health funding to date.
  • Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan approved by U.S. District Court
    September 30, 2015 - Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan, which is designed to ensure that people with disabilities are able to live, learn, work, and enjoy life in the most integrated setting of their choosing, was approved Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank. The plan charts a course that will change the way state government provides services and supports for Minnesotans with disabilities.
  • DHS hosts kickoff event for Community Innovation Grant efforts
    September 30, 2015 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services today launched an effort to promote community engagement and equity for the next two years.
  • Child care centers charged in million dollar fraud case
    September 29, 2015 - Search warrants were executed at four child care centers and four people were taken into custody Tuesday as part of an extensive investigation into fraudulent billing of the Child Care Assistance Program that is likely to surpass $1 million.
  • Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
    September 25, 2015 - Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson encourages Minnesotans to mark National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, Sept. 26, by finding and getting rid of their unused, unwanted prescription medicine as a way to stop drug abuse before it starts.
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