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  • Innovative Health Care Homes delivering higher quality care at a lower cost
    February 24, 2014 - Minnesota's Health Care Homes initiative continues to transform primary care in Minnesota, as new research shows the clinics' collaborative, patient-centered model of health care delivery reduced costs and outperformed other clinics on quality measures.
  • Minnesota takes key steps in fight against opiate abuse
    February 20, 2014 - Efforts to curb a wave of prescription drug abuse and addiction to other opiates marked the first full year of the Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy.
  • Infant deaths in child care continue to decrease, report shows
    February 19, 2014 - Infant deaths in child care settings fell dramatically in 2013, along with a substantial drop in temporary immediate suspensions issued by DHS that require a license holder to immediately stop operating because of serious violation.
  • DHS health partnership demonstration expands with new contracts
    February 13, 2014 - DHS is expanding its Integrated Health Partnerships (IHP) demonstration with new contract awards for Hennepin Healthcare System (Hennepin County Medical Center Hospital and Clinics) and Mayo Clinic, beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
  • Services for homeless youth enhanced with $4 million in grants
    February 10, 2014 - With grants from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, 30 organizations across the state will soon provide additional services to homeless youth.
  • DHS seeks Medicaid Citizens’ Advisory Committee applicants
    February 07, 2014 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services is looking for up to 10 individuals to serve on the Medicaid Citizens’ Advisory.
  • Commissioner Jesson announces agency goals for 2014
    February 07, 2014 - DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson has announced agency goals and action steps for 2014. The goals and action steps with a focus on people, innovation, equity and integrity are contained in the document Framework for the Future: 2014, which is available on the DHS website. This direction builds on accomplishments from the past year.
  • Commissioner Jesson visits four-star Parent Aware program in Rochester
    February 06, 2014 - Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson visited Underbakke’s Little Tykes Daycare in Rochester today to highlight investments in early childhood education and progress in increasing the number of Parent Aware-rated programs.
  • Human Services, Council on Black Minnesotans, partners promote adoption
    February 05, 2014 - During Black History Month, DHS, the Council on Black Minnesotans, and several nonprofit and community organizations are working together to encourage families to adopt children waiting in the foster care system, particularly African-American children who are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system.
  • Initial findings show positive results for foster youth remaining in care
    February 04, 2014 - Foster youth who remain in care beyond age 18 fare better than their counterparts who leave care, preliminary data of a multi-year study shows.
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