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  • 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.
  • Minnesota youth honored as national FosterClub All-Star
    June 16, 2015 - Ariana Guerra knows what the future holds for her. A recent graduate of St. Cloud State University, she plans to return within the next year to pursue a master’s in International and Community Development, begin working in the nonprofit sector, and then continue her education toward a doctoral degree.
  • Improvements made to Department of Human Services’ dashboard of progress on key indicators
    June 15, 2015 - New features recently added to the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ (DHS) public dashboard are aimed at helping users better track progress on agency goals.
  • Foster youth overcome odds, graduate from college
    June 10, 2015 - The odds are often stacked against them. Foster youth are less likely than their peers to attend and graduate from college—in part because they often lack a stable support system and don’t have the financial means to pay for tuition, room, board, books and other expenses
  • 2015 legislative session fact sheets available online
    June 09, 2015 - Fact sheets summarizing highlights of the 2015 legislative session are now available on DHS’ public website. The fact sheets are posted on the 2015 session fact sheets page.
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