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About DHS

The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides Minnesotans with a variety of services intended to help people live as independently as possible.

Contact us

Contact DHS by phone, email, mail, and find information about counties and regional offices, directions and parking.

2018-2020 Agencywide strategic plan

Strategic planning is a tool to help us refocus our work and bring us closer to our vision: When we help each other, we create a brighter future for Minnesota. 

What we do

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) helps provide essential services to Minnesota’s most vulnerable residents.

Who we are

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is an organization of individuals with a commitment to bettering the lives of Minnesotans.

Who we serve

The Minnesota Department of Human Services serves Minnesotans in all 87 counties and 11 tribes.

Executive staff bios

Find brief biographies and photos of the commissioner and leadership team.

Outreach and engagement

DHS strives to prioritize community solutions, creating a bridge between our institutions, community-based organizations and partners, and those who participate in DHS programs.

Public participation

DHS invites client, stakeholder and citizen input on initiatives and proposed program changes through public meetings and comment periods.

Advisory councils and task forces

Advisory councils and task forces guide the department as it provides programs and services.


Learn about employment opportunities within DHS and how to apply to open positions.

Data requests

Public data is available to any member of the public. This means individual people, the media, government agencies, government employees, vendors, unions, companies and lawyers.

Governor’s administration

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.

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