News and updates on the DHS efforts to assist low-income Minnesotans stay healthy and living productively.
Minnesota was one of eight states selected to participate in the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices Policy Summit on Success Beyond 18. Helping older foster youth successfully transition into adulthood and improving extended foster care policies and services are priorities for the department and were the purpose of the summit. More information about NGA and the summit is online.
Gambling is occasional and fun for most adults but negatively affects finances, work and family for several million Americans. To help increase understanding about the risks involved, the DHS Compulsive Gambling Program is sponsoring messages on billboards and in social media during March, which is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month. More information is in a news release about problem gambling awareness activities and resources.
Applicants for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) should be aware there is never a fee for applying for benefits, and to be on the lookout for online ads or suspicious emails falsely offering help filling out applications. The goal of such scams is to collect personal information from potential SNAP recipients, including credit card information. The federal agency that manages SNAP reports that there have recently been scams in which applicants are asked to provide cell phone numbers and are then automatically enrolled into an expensive service without warning. A “scam alert” provides regular updates about these illegal schemes and how to get assistance if an applicant has already fallen victim.