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  • Statement from Commissioner Jesson on Magnuson appointment
    July 24, 2015 - On July 23, former Chief Justice Eric Magnuson was appointed special master in a federal lawsuit about the civil commitment of sex offenders.
  • Youth in foster care learn leadership skills at Duluth conference
    July 22, 2015 - Young people who have successfully transitioned from foster care to adulthood will kick off a conference created to provide leadership opportunities for those still in foster care.
  • More than $23 million improves child protection services
    July 21, 2015 - Minnesota counties and tribes are now receiving the first of more than $23.35 million in new state funding to hire more than 300 workers and improve child protection services.
  • Minnesota recommendations go to White House Conference on Aging
    July 10, 2015 - Nearly 500 Minnesotans helped produce recommendations sent to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, which will originate from the White House in Washington, D.C., and be streamed live online from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST on Monday, July 13.
  • New, easier-to-use website launched
    July 06, 2015 - The Minnesota Board on Aging and the Minnesota Area Agencies on Aging have launched a new updated at, the state’s comprehensive website for services, resources and information.
  • Provider enrollment starts for new autism benefit
    June 30, 2015 - Beginning July 1 the Minnesota Department of Human Services will enroll providers to deliver a new early intensive intervention Medical Assistance benefit for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Families and children will be able to access services later this summer.
  • Low-income families get a boost from new investments
    June 30, 2015 - Beginning Wednesday, new state investments will help thousands of struggling families pay for housing and child care, making a significant difference in the lives of Minnesota’s neediest children.
  • Public invited to Rally for Foster Care and Adoption June 28
    June 25, 2015 - Those interested in foster care and adoption are invited to attend the Rally for Foster Care and Adoption, Sunday, June 28, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Hallie Q. Brown/Martin Luther King Community Center in St. Paul.
  • Achievement in aging, disability services honored
    June 22, 2015 - Two individuals and four organizations were recognized for improving and enriching the lives of older adults and people with disabilities at the 2015 Age & Disabilities Odyssey Conference held June 15-16 in Duluth.
  • Minnesota’s Medicaid reform initiative saves $61.5 million in 2nd year
    June 19, 2015 - DHS' innovative Medicaid reform initiative, the Integrated Health Partnerships (IHP), delivered a dramatic $61.5 million in savings in 2014, benefiting taxpayers while continuing to improve health care for low-income people.
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