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Organization/management

Commissioner 

Emily Piper, 651-431-2907

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) helps provide essential services to Minnesota's most vulnerable residents. Working with many others, including counties, tribes and nonprofits.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is organized in three main areas: 

Agencywide functions

Chief of Staff

Amy Dellwo, 651-431-2585 

The chief of staff oversees agencywide functions, including Human Resources, the Office of Compliance, the Office of Inspector General and External Relations.

Areas included in this part of the organization:

Direct Care and Treatment

Health Care Systems Chief Executive Officer

Marshall Smith 651-431-2687 

Direct Care and Treatment (including what formerly was known as State Operated Services) consists of an array of residential and treatment programs serving people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, chemical dependency and traumatic brain injury as well as people who pose a risk to society. 

Areas included in this part of the organization:

Direct Care and Treatment Locations

Direct Care and Treatment program locations:

Program administration

Deputy Commissioner

Chuck Johnson, 651-431-5672

The deputy commissioner oversees the agency’s four main program areas — Children and Family Services, Health Care, Community Supports and Continuing Care for Older Adults — as well as budget development and financial operations.

Areas included in this part of the organization:

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