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  • Minnesota ranks first on AARP’s long-term care scorecard
    June 19, 2014 - Efforts among many Minnesotans to help older adults and people with disabilities live at home and receive high-quality services positioned the state to rank first again on a national scorecard.
  • Commissioner Jesson statement on Health Care Disparities Report
    June 16, 2014 - Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson issued the following statement on the Health Care Disparities Report issued today by MN Community Measurement.
  • Gov. Dayton proclaims Sunday Elder Abuse Awareness Day
    June 13, 2014 - Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Sunday, June 15, as Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Minnesota, as a time to promote better understanding and address under-recognized problems with abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of elders and vulnerable adults.
  • Commissioner Jesson welcomes new report showing dramatic drop in uninsured rate
    June 12, 2014 - A new report finds that Minnesota’s uninsured rate has fallen to the lowest point ever recorded, primarily driven by enrollment in public health care programs.
  • DHS commissioner, Supreme Court chief justice visit Alexandria to highlight progress, work to be done on behalf of foster children
    June 11, 2014 - Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea are travelling to communities throughout the state to highlight improvements for children.
  • DHS commissioner, Supreme Court chief justice visit Grand Rapids to highlight progress, work to be done on behalf of foster children
    June 04, 2014 - Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea are travelling to communities throughout the state to highlight improvements for children.
  • Commissioner Jesson statement on Minnesota’s top ranking for senior health
    May 21, 2014 - Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson issued the following statement on the America’s Health Rankings 2014 Senior Report issued by the United Health Foundation. Minnesota ranks as the No. 1 healthiest state for seniors in America.
  • Court order approves Jensen Compehensive Plan of Action
    May 19, 2014 - On March 12, 2014, U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank issued a court order adopting and approving the Comprehensive Plan of Action for the Jensen Settlement Agreement. The Comprehensive Plan of Action outlines the path that DHS will take to come into compliance with the terms of the agreement.
  • Celebrate foster families in May and throughout the year
    May 16, 2014 - May is National Foster Care Month. In 2013, more than 8,000 families opened their homes to Minnesota’s waiting children, and 80 percent of children who left out-of-home care were reunited with their birth parents, primary caregivers or other relatives -- an important step in the department’s efforts to place children who enter foster care with their relatives.
  • Commissioner Jesson to lead Monday's Olmstead Plan session in Duluth
    May 16, 2014 - DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson will lead a meeting in which input from individuals with disabilities, their families, advocacy organizations, service providers and others is being sought on modifications to a plan that will help Minnesota develop the next generation of opportunities for people with disabilities. The session will be held in Duluth Monday, May 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Duluth City Hall Council Chambers, 411 West First St.
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