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COVID-19 pandemic information

DHS has established a new public webpage with information specific to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to DHS programs. To find the most up-to-date information for providers, counties, tribal nations and members of the public, visit the DHS COVID-19 webpage. This page will be updated as changes evolve at federal and state levels. To be notified when changes occur, sign up for email notifications.

Minnesota strives to ensure safe environments and services for vulnerable adults and encourages reporting of suspected maltreatment. A vulnerable person could be the last person you'd think. You could be the difference.

Suspect abuse?

The Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC) provides a toll-free number, 1-844-880-1574, the general public can call to report suspected maltreatment of vulnerable adults. Mandated reporters-including law enforcement, educators, doctors, nurses, social workers and other licensed professionals-can use a web-based reporting system. Reports will be promptly submitted to the appropriate investigative agencies.

If you are reporting an emergency that requires immediate assistance from the police / sheriff, fire department or an ambulance, call 911 first then call MAARC.

Public service announcement

A public service announcement on the power of reporting.

This video is available with audio description on the Minnesota DHS YouTube channel.


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