Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Awards
The Commissioner's Circle of Excellence Awards recognize excellence among human services providers, counties, tribes, advocacy groups and other organizations that work in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to help people meet their basic needs so they can live in dignity and achieve their highest potential.
Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s awards. For each nomination, fill out and submit the Commissioner's Circle of Excellence Nomination Form (PDF). Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28.
The 2018 Commissioner's Circle of Excellence Award winners will be announced this spring, and, for the first time, the DHS commissioner will visit each organization to present their award.
Past Commissioner’s Award winners
In 2016, the Minnesota Department of Human Services recognized seven programs from across the state with Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Awards for their outstanding contributions to human services clients:
- Arts Center of Saint Peter
- Korean Service Center
- Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center
- Morrison County Accountable Community for Health, a partnership of St. Gabriel's Health, Morrison County Public Health and Social Services, and South Country Health Alliance
- School Linked Mental Health, a partership of Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Human Services Division and Carlton County Public Health and Human Services
- The Food Group
- White Earth MOMS Program
Learn more about their work in these brief videos and in a news release about the 2016 awards.
Arts Center of Saint Peter
Arts Center of Saint Peter is a community arts organization in Saint Peter that helped aid patient recovery, reduce stigma of mental illness and strengthen community connections with “Changing Minds: Work by Patients at St. Peter Regional Treatment Center.”
Korean Service Center
Korean Service Center is a community-based social service organization that helps non-English speaking Korean older adults in the Twin Cities stay healthy and age in place with a medical transportation and escort program, as well as other long-term care services.
Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center is a non-profit located in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis committed to providing opportunities for holistic healing and self-empowerment of Native American families.
Morrison County Accountable Community for Health
Morrison County Accountable Community for Health is an initiative focused on innovative and collaborative solutions to confront opioid abuse in Morrison County. Partners include St. Gabriel’s Health, Morrison County Public Health and Social Services, and South Country Health Alliance.
School Linked Mental Health
School Linked Mental Health - Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Human Services Division and Carlton County Public Health and Human Services formed a unique partnership to provide school linked mental health therapy services for American Indian and Carlton County children.
The Food Group
The Food Group (formerly Emergency Foodshelf Network) is a non-profit that fights hunger and nourishes Minnesotans in partnership with more than 240 food shelves and hunger relief partners across 21 counties.
White Earth MOMS Program
White Earth MOMS Program is an innovative response to the opioid epidemic impacting pregnant Native mothers and their babies on the White Earth Nation that includes a culturally-specific holistic treatment program.