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  • Social media campaign brings synthetic drug message to Minnesota students, young adults
    April 23, 2015 - DHS announced the launch of a new social media campaign aimed at warning students and young adults about the dangers of synthetic drugs. As part of the launch, young artists are painting a mural this week in Minneapolis.
  • Duluth woman sentenced for defrauding Medical Assistance
    April 23, 2015 - The owner of two home care agencies in Duluth who was convicted of health care fraud in February was sentenced April 22, 2015, in St. Louis County District Court to five years of probation and ordered to pay restitution to DHS.
  • Wood to receive Gerontological Society award
    April 21, 2015 - Jean Wood, executive director of the Minnesota Board on Aging and director of Aging and Adult Services for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, is receiving the Dutch Kastenbaum Outstanding Gerontologist Award from the Minnesota Gerontological Society this month.
  • Resources available on Healthcare Decisions Day
    April 13, 2015 - On National Healthcare Decisions Day, the public is encouraged to do advance care planning, which is making decisions about the health care you would want if you become unable to speak for yourself.
  • New research indicates nearly 1 in 5 foster youth experience homelessness
    April 13, 2015 - New research recently released indicates that 20 percent of former foster youth experienced homelessness. Additionally, foster youth who have experienced homelessness also experienced a higher rate of moves within the foster care system than their peers who did not experience homelessness.
  • Human Services, Revenue Commissioners discuss child care access proposals in Mankato
    April 09, 2015 - Commissioners from the Minnesota Departments of Human Services and Revenue visited Mankato today to highlight proposals from Gov. Mark Dayton that will make quality child care accessible for thousands of middle class and low-income families.
  • Cost of MinnesotaCare less than tax penalties for many Minnesotans
    April 08, 2015 - As the April 15 tax deadline approaches now is a good time for many Minnesotans to realize that in many cases the monthly premiums for MinnesotaCare, the state’s health care program for low-income Minnesotans, will be less than the tax penalty imposed on people who do not have health insurance.
  • New members named to key advisory council on equity
    April 08, 2015 - DHS recently appointed seven new members to a council charged with reducing disparities within programs serving human services clients.
  • Study looks at issues surrounding health of poor children
    April 07, 2015 - In Minnesota, the share of children living in poverty increased by more than 50 percent over the past decade.
  • Minnesota’s early care and learning quality rating system gaining foothold
    April 07, 2015 - A recent study from the Minnesota Department of Human Services shows that Parent Aware, Minnesota’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system, is gaining ground across the state, but there is still work to do to recruit more programs.
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