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  • DHS is on Facebook
    January 14, 2015 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services has launched a new department-wide Facebook page that will feature a variety of content helping to share the DHS mission.
  • DHS announces launch of Northstar Care for Children
    January 08, 2015 - More children will leave foster care and become part of permanent families more quickly with Northstar Care for Children.
  • receives national recognition
    January 06, 2015 - A Minnesota Department of Human Services website about the dangers of synthetic drug use was recently recognized with a national award.
  • Input sought on improving mental health care in Minnesota
    January 05, 2015 - Area stakeholders are invited to discuss mental health services reform Thursday, Jan. 15, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in Fergus Falls.
  • New funding mechanism will help continue MinnesotaCare
    December 31, 2014 - The groundbreaking MinnesotaCare health care program will become the first state program funded under the federal Basic Health Plan (BHP) on Jan. 1, 2015, after Minnesota became the first state to win approval for this option under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Applications sought for State Mental Health Advisory Councils
    December 22, 2014 - The State Advisory Council on Mental Health and Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health are seeking individuals who are interested in making recommendations to the Governor and legislature on mental health policies, programs, and services.
  • $4 million public benefits fraud scheme uncovered
    December 18, 2014 - The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office charged Yasmin Abdulle Ali, Ahmed Aden Mohamed and Joshua John Miller with one count of racketeering, multiple counts of theft by swindle as well as a number of additional felony charges in connection with a complex scheme to defraud the public in excess of $4 million. The group ran several Twin Cities businesses from 2009 to 2013 that illegally received reimbursement for personal care assistants and child care assistance.
  • Commissioner’s awards recognize human services leaders
    December 15, 2014 - Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson today honored eight programs from across the state for their outstanding contributions to human services clients.
  • Housing program for people with disabilities hits major milestone
    December 09, 2014 - More than 1,000 people with disabilities will spend this holiday season in safe, affordable homes of their own because of a program sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and The Arc of Minnesota.
  • Feedback sought for improving mental health care in Minnesota
    December 08, 2014 - Mental health stakeholders in southwestern Minnesota are invited to discuss reform initiatives at the Mental Health Services Reform 2015-2018 round table Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Marshall.
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