The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is part of the executive branch of state government, one of 20 executive departments headed by a commissioner appointed by the governor and approved by the state Senate.
Commissioner Jodi Harpstead leads one of the state's largest agencies. The department provides health care, economic assistance, child welfare services, services for the elderly and people with disabilities and other services for people who do not have the resources to meet their basic needs.
Governor Tim Walz appointed Harpstead as the department’s acting commissioner effective Aug. 12, 2019. A news release with more information is available on the Governor’s Office website. Commissioner Harpstead’s bio is online.