About DHS

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


Public participation

DHS invites client, stakeholder and citizen involvement in its initiatives and proposed program changes. The following are current opportunities for participation.

Input on Olmstead Plan sought from people with disabilities, others 

Input from individuals with disabilities, their families, advocacy organizations, service providers and others is being sought on modifications to a plan that will help Minnesota develop the next generation of opportunities for people with disabilities. A subcabinet of state agency leaders led by Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon is holding listening sessions throughout the state over the next several months. The next session will be held Monday, April 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building in Room 2380. The working draft for Modifications of the Olmstead Plan is available on the documents page of the Olmstead website. Comments on the modifications to the Olmstead plan can be sent to opc.public@state.mn.us until Tuesday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. More information is in a news story about the listening sessions.

Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force

The Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force was created to examine and provide Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson with recommendations on the processes relating to the civil commitment of sex offenders in Minnesota.

Advisory groups

Many advisory committees provide expertise and input on a regular basis to help DHS create and implement program changes. Most committees are comprised of members from outside DHS. A complete list of DHS advisory committees is online.


DHS welcomes volunteer help on an ongoing basis at Forensic Services in St. Peter.

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