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. The DHS Guide for Members of the Public Requesting Data (PDF) has information about the public data request process.
Data requests must be made in writing. Write down a specific description of the data you are seeking. To determine where to send your request, review our contacts page and send your request to the one that best fits the data you are seeking.
When will I get the data?
DHS will give you data within a reasonable period of time. If you are requesting data about yourself, DHS will respond within 10 business days of receiving your request.
Data privacy contacts
Who is the responsible authority?
The responsible authority is the official designated by law as the individual responsible for the collection, use and dissemination of a government entity’s data. At state agencies, the responsible authority is the commissioner. Data requests and concerns generally are handled by staff members. To determine where to send your request, review the contacts listed on this page and send your request to the one that best fits the data you are seeking.
How do I contact the division that has the data I want?
If you are a member of the media, you may send your data request to a DHS communications contact. You can find mailing addresses and contact information for communications contacts online.
Not sure who to contact?
If you are not sure where to send your data request, you can send it to:
The Minnesota Department of Human Services
Attention: Data Request
P.O. Box 64998
St. Paul, MN 55164-0998
Data privacy complaints
If you have a complaint about the handling of data by DHS, including protected health information that is regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), you may send a written complaint to:
Requesting access to your protected health information
DHS is committed to protecting the privacy of the protected health information of the people it serves. “Protected health information” is information that identifies you and relates to your past, present, or future physical or mental health conditions, the provision of health care to you, and payment for health care services you receive. Protected health information is a term from the federal law called the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).