News and updates on DHS efforts that support people with disabilities.
Online training is now available for people interested in learning about the unique challenges experienced by people who have combined hearing and vision loss. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division is now offering “DeafBlind101: An Introduction to Combined Hearing and Vision Loss” on the deaf and hard of hearing services page on the DHS website by clicking the deafblind button on the homepage.
The DHS Adult Mental Health Division, in partnership with Minnesota Housing, is implementing a new pilot program to serve people with a serious mental illness who are ready for discharge from Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center but lack options for housing. The Bridges Regional Treatment Center program is an extension of the Bridges rental assistance program DHS and Minnesota Housing have administered since 1991 for people with serious mental illness. More information is in a story about the housing program.
Two DHS employees recently received lifetime achievement awards from the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH). Cecil White Hat and Carol Falkowski were honored at the 43rd annual MARRCH Conference, held Oct. 29 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul. More information is in a story about the awards.
Disability Benefits 101, a comprehensive benefits and work-planning website for people with disabilities, recently unveiled a new feature that offers professionals tools and resources to improve work outcomes for people with disabilities. More information is in a story about the new website feature.
A comprehensive five-year strategic plan to prevent substance abuse and related problems has been posted on the DHS website. The Minnesota Prevention Systems Alignment Plan (PDF) is a product of the State Prevention Enhancement planning grant received by DHS' Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration in 2011 called the State Prevention Enhancement Project.