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Kicking the habit finds a receptive audience in treatment
A pilot study conducted by the Minnesota Department of Human Services has demonstrated the value of including nicotine treatment as part of treatment for substance use disorders. Not only can it reduce nicotine dependence, it can improve overall outcomes for people in substance use disorder treatment.

Recipients warned about potential SNAP/Food Stamp scam
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has been notified by the Food and Nutrition Service about a potential SNAP/Food Stamp scam at the website Food-Stamps.com. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is looking in to the matter.

Assistance to strengthen families in poverty will increase in February
On Feb. 1, the maximum cash grant for the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) will increase for the first time since 1986. 

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Child support staff build relationships, engage communities to improve services
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Over the past year, Minnesota Department of Human Services child support staff have been meeting regularly with program participants at organizations such as the FATHER Project as a way to build relationships, solicit feedback on the child support program and help families with their cases. Children and Family Services Assistant Commissioner Nikki Farago and FATHER Project Manager Guy Bowling talk about the impact of these visits, and how relationships like these benefit families.
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