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.

Public comment period for waiver plan amendments

DHS plans to submit federal waiver plan amendments for the Brain Injury (BI), Community Alternative Care (CAC), Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI) and Developmental Disabilities (DD) waivers after a 30-day public comment period. A summary of the changes in on the first page of the draft of the federal waiver plan amendments (PDF). To request a paper copy of the Federal Waiver Plan Amendments, please call 651-431-4300 or 866-267-7655. DHS will accept comments from 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, through 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Please submit comments to DSD.PublicComments@state.mn.us no later than 4 p.m., CT, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.

Circle of Excellence Awards seeking nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the annual Commissioner's Circle of Excellence Awards, which 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 being accepted through 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. For each nomination, fill out the Commissioner's Circle of Excellence Awards Nomination form (PDF). Circle of Excellence Award winners for 2013 are highlighted in a news release and in short videos on the DHS website.

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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