News and updates on the DHS efforts to assist low-income Minnesotans stay healthy and living productively.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services youth practice guide, Working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) youth (PDF), is now available in Spanish, Hmong and Somali. The practice guide has statistical information on LGBTQ youth, a glossary and resource list as well as information on preserving relationships and reunifying with birth families; engaging and building relationships with LGBTQ youth; ensuring LGBTQ youth safety; and considering circumstances for transgender youth.
Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed January as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education and Outreach Month, recognizing the need for available, healthy food for Minnesotans. The Minnesota Department of Human Services, in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Chippewa Tribe deliver SNAP-Ed programming that focuses on increasing fruit, vegetable, whole grain, and low-fat or nonfat calcium-rich food intakes; helping participants make wise food shopping and preparation choices; and increasing daily physical activity. More information on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can be found on the department’s website.
Members of the public are reporting that they continue to receive unsolicited calls from what appears to be the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) toll-free information hotline number: 800-221-5689. The callers are requesting personal information offering assistance for filling out a SNAP application or other non-SNAP services such as home security systems. Never provide personal information or your credit card number over the phone to unsolicited callers. This outside entity that has spoofed the SNAP toll-free information hotline number is not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service or SNAP. If you suspect that you are receiving illegitimate calls, you may file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission. If you have already fallen victim to this or a similar scam, visit the FTC consumer webpage for more into formation on identity theft.
Minnesotans in need of health care, nutrition assistance, child care assistance and emergency assistance can apply online through ApplyMN, applymn.dhs.mn.gov . This site allows Minnesotans to fill out a single application online for a majority of public assistance programs.
Family Self Sufficiency and Health Care Program Statistics (PDF) report is available online. The report, compiled by the Reports and Forecasts Division, includes caseload numbers and expenditures for cash, emergency and food assistance programs and health care programs.