About DHS

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


Mission and values


The Minnesota Department of Human Services, working with many others, helps people meet their basic needs so they can live in dignity and achieve their highest potential.


We focus on people, not programs.

We provide ladders up and safety nets for the people we serve.

We work in partnership with others: we cannot do it alone.

We are accountable for results to the people we serve and all Minnesotans.

DHS practices these shared values in an ethical environment where integrity, trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, diversity, justice, fairness and caring are of paramount importance.

Framework for the Future: 2014 (PDF) features the Minnesota Department of Human Services' goals for 2014, as well as its mission and core values statements. A list of major department accomplishments from 2013 (PDF) also is available online.

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