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The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and county partners have appointed 15 people to a council charged with ensuring Minnesota counties make continuous improvement in programs serving human services clients.
The Human Services Performance Council was authorized by the Minnesota Legislature in 2013, and will advise the Human Services commissioner on implementation and operation of the county performance management system. Beginning next year, this new way of measuring performance will give counties more flexibility in administering human services programs as long as positive outcomes for Minnesotans are achieved.
“The county performance management system will mean better service and results for thousands of Minnesotans. It will also provide useful information that will help counties focus on areas of need, and encourage sharing of best of practices so that Minnesotans across the state can achieve the best possible outcomes,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “The work that this council will do is essential to its success, and we are incredibly pleased to have such a diverse and accomplished group.”
The system will begin by measuring 14 key outcomes in areas of mandated essential services for children, income support and adults, such as the number of children who age out of foster care before finding a permanent placement, or the timeliness of response for adult maltreatment. For those not meeting standards in these areas, a performance improvement plan will be developed.
The Human Services Performance Council was authorized by the Legislature as a result of recommendations by the Steering Committee on Performance and Outcome Reforms formed as a part of the 2009 State-County Results, Accountability and Service Delivery Reform Act, which sought to improve outcomes at the county level.
The council is responsible for recommending ways to reduce administrative barriers for counties, updating and developing outcomes, measures and performance, and reviewing performance data among other tasks. Its 15 members represent the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC), the Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators (MACSSA), tribes and communities of color, service providers and advocates for persons receiving human services, and DHS. They are:
The first meeting of the council is scheduled Friday, Sept. 20. More information on the county performance management system is on the DHS website.