The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides Minnesotans with a variety of services intended to help people live as independently as possible.
In 2011 the Department of Human Services kicked off the year with the early expansion of Medicaid – providing 86,000 Minnesotans with new or better health care coverage. And we closed out the year with the transition to managed care contracts negotiated through competitive bidding – a savings of $175 million to taxpayers while providing quality care to clients. In any normal year these two law changes would have taken twice the time to accomplish. It was not a normal year.
But a list of achievements does not end with the headlines. In between is an impressive list of accomplishments, including:
These are just a few examples of our progress in 2011. It is more gratifying, however, to see not just awards and descriptions, but the impact of our work on people’s lives. When I talk with people signing up for expedited food support, when I visit with youth in a homeless program, when I meet with clients at Security Hospital and our Community Behavioral Health Hospitals, when I attended the sobriety pow wow at Four Winds, when I visited the MSOP work program at Moose Lake, I see the fruits of the good work being done at DHS.
As we look ahead to 2012, DHS will build on this work. We will redesign our long-term care waivers and launch a campaign to encourage people to save for their own long-term care; we will work to better protect people that we serve, whether they are committed to us for treatment or receiving services in the community; we will work to prevent fraud and abuse; and we will increase our efforts to implement health care reform at this critical national juncture.
Framework for the Future: 2012 (PDF) features the Minnesota Department of Human Services' goals for 2012, as well as its mission and core values statments.