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  • 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.
  • Day care provider charged with improperly billing State
    September 22, 2015 - The Ramsey County Attorney's Office on Friday charged Said Jire Kalinle with one count of Theft by Swindle and one count of Identity Theft in connection with the overbilling of Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program in excess of $11,000.
  • Department of Human Services seeks input on substance abuse
    September 21, 2015 - The Department of Human Services is hosting a series of listening sessions across the state to hear from individuals, families and service providers about substance abuse treatment and prevention.
  • Fall prevention awareness event to kick off first day of fall
    September 18, 2015 - Members of the public are invited to join public officials and members of the Minnesota Falls Prevention Coalition on the first day of fall, Wednesday, Sept. 23, for the “Take a Stand to Prevent Falls” event at the National Guard Armory.
  • Jean Wood receives national aging, disability award
    September 17, 2015 - Jean Wood was presented with the first-ever Executive Director’s Award from the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities at its annual conference in September.
  • New leader for state-operated treatment programs
    September 14, 2015 - A new leader will oversee the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) health system for mental health and chemical dependency treatment programs Commissioner Lucinda Jesson announced today.
  • Fraud threat: SNAP hotline intercepted
    September 09, 2015 - Members of the public are reporting receiving unsolicited calls from what appears to be the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) toll-free information hotline number: 1-800-221-5689. The unsolicited callers are requesting personal information offering assistance for filling out a SNAP application or other non-SNAP related services such as home security systems.
  • TXT4Life program expands reach with $1M boost in funding
    September 08, 2015 - Help is now a text message away anytime for Minnesotans experiencing crisis or contemplating suicide.
  • Website recognized for synthetic drug education
    September 08, 2015 - “Cannabinoids” and “cathinones” may not roll off the tongue of most people, but “Spice” and “K2” are well known to many youth. That’s why educating teachers, parents, and youth about the dangers of synthetic drugs is the goal of an innovative prevention effort,
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