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  • Minnesota Odyssey conference seeks awards nominations

    During the Age and Disabilities Odyssey Conference, we recognize organizations and people who have made differences in the lives of people who are aging or who have disabilities. Since 2005, we have recognized 35 individuals and organizations. 

    Odyssey award winners come from all areas of human services. Past award winners (PDF) have made a difference in areas including:

    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Direct care
    • Emergency management training
    • Technology to improve service delivery.

    Anyone may make a nomination. Please submit as many nominations (PDF) as you would like before 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 1. More information is available on the conference website at

    We will confirm nominations by email in three to five business days. If you have questions, email

  • Marketing proposals sought for adult abuse hotline

    The Minnesota Department of Human Services is seeking proposals from marketing, advertising, branding and, or public relations companies for a campaign to build awareness of a new process for reporting maltreatment of vulnerable adults, which includes vulnerable older adults and people with disabilities between 18 and 65. The new system will include a public Adult Abuse Reporting Center hotline and a web portal for use by mandated maltreatment reporters.

    Through a request for proposals process, DHS seeks plans and bids for creative solutions. Final production of deliverables is not part of this RFP.

    To learn more:

    • Connect to SWIFT for the official process to register as a new vendor
    • Current vendors do not have to register. Enter your login info:
    • The SWIFT site has the official RFP version for your review. To find it, look for business unit H5501, ID 2000004052, DHS/PR campaign about CEP reporting process. 

    Vendors’ RFP proposal responses are entered and electronically submitted through the SWIFT process.

    An online training course is available to help you in navigating the supplier portal. The interactive course can be launched from

    For more information contact

  • March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

    March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to learn how to prevent brain injury and be aware that it may be an underlying cause of other disorders. Simple precautions that can be taken to prevent brain injury include:

    • Buckle up while driving or riding in a car
    • Always wear a helmet while playing sports
    • Seek medical attention if you're dazed or briefly lose consciousness during a sports activity
    • Never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    Brain injuries include both traumatic brain injury caused by an external force, and acquired brain injury that may be caused by stroke, aneurysm, near drowning, tumor or another occurrence. An estimated 100,000 Minnesotans live with the effects of traumatic brain injury. No good estimates exist for how many people live with chronic effects of acquired brain injury.

    The long-term effects of a brain injury are often noticed only six months or longer after the brain injury has occurred. A person may be diagnosed with depression, chemical dependency or aphasia for which brain injury is a major contributing cause.

    The Department of Human Services convenes the Traumatic Brain Injury State Advisory Committee and also has a cross-agency workgroup on brain injury.

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