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As the number of children in the state’s foster care system has grown – from 11,500 in 2013 to 16,500 in 2018 – there is a greater need than ever for foster parents to provide temporary, critical care to children in crisis. The good news is, many people who might not think they qualify to be foster parents are actually eligible.
A successful new mental health program and five others like it are at risk. Today, state officials visited one of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) to highlight the value of the model, which combines substance use disorder treatment, mental health care and a range of other services under one roof. 
State agencies, including the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), continue to be the target of increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. Information about three successful cyberattacks involving the state email accounts of DHS employees can be found on DHS' website.
Illegal drug use claimed the lives of hundreds of Minnesotans in 2017, a devastating toll that dominated headlines. Yet another 1,700 Minnesotans died that year – and every year – from alcohol-related causes, with little public attention.

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Foster parent shares her experience
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Terri Berndt describes what it's like to be a foster parent and shares some of her experience with people thinking about becoming foster parents in Minnesota.
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