News releases, contact information and other resources for members of the media.


Contacts for reporters

Reporters or editors seeking information on human services issues may contact:

  • Health Care: Martiga Lohn, 651-431-2729
    The two publicly funded health care programs – Medical Assistance (Minnesota's Medicaid program) and MinnesotaCare – that serve low-income Minnesotans
  • Children and Family Services: Karen Smigielski, 651-431-2190
    Child safety and permanency, child care, child support and economic assistance programs to help families and individuals transition to work and economic stability.
  • Chemical and Mental Health Services: Karen Smigielski, 651-431-2190
    Behavioral health policy areas, including adult and child mental health and drug abuse.
  • Continuing Care: Karen Smigielski, 651-431-2190
    Care and services for seniors and other adults who need help living as independently as possible. It includes services for people with disabilities and deaf and hard of hearing services.
  • Departmentwide operations: Karen Smigielski, 651-431-2190
    Operations, including compliance, legal, agencywide budget issues, human resources/employee issues.
  • Office of Inspector General: Karen Smigielski, 651-431-2190
    Fraud prevention and recovery efforts and licensing.
  • Minnesota Sex Offender Program: Martiga Lohn, 651-431-2729
    Inpatient services and treatment in Moose Lake and St. Peter facilities for people who are committed by the court as a sexual psychopathic personality or a sexually dangerous person.
  • Direct Care and Treatment (formerly State Operated Services): Martiga Lohn, 651-431-2729
    Residential and treatment programs for people with mental illness, developmental
    disabilities, chemical dependency and traumatic brain injury, as well as people who pose a risk to society. It includes Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, community behavioral health hospitals and the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter.

For a complete listing of topics and communications contacts, see the Reporter's Guide to DHS (PDF).

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