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News stories from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


  • Plan aims to improve opportunities for people with disabilities
    November 01, 2013 - A plan that recognizes that Minnesotans with disabilities have the right to live, work and enjoy life in the most integrated setting is available online after being submitted to the court for final approval. The plan charts a course that will change the way state government provides supports and services for people protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  • DHS celebrates Parent Aware participation, investments in early education
    November 01, 2013 - DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson visited Amanda Rupar’s Family Child Care in Sartell, Minn., to celebrate recent investments in early childhood education and progress in increasing the number of Parent Aware-rated programs.
  • SNAP changes bring adjustments to benefit levels
    October 31, 2013 - A small cost-of-living adjustment on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits became effective Oct. 1, 2013, that may affect some SNAP recipients who are not already at the maximum benefit level for their household size. Beginning Nov. 1, some recipients may see a decrease in their benefits.
  • New immunization requirements for child care, early childhood programs and schools begin Sept. 1, 2014
    October 29, 2013 - Changes to immunization requirements for children in Minnesota child care, early childhood programs and schools will better protect children and communities from a number of potentially serious diseases, say state health officials.
  • Minnesota's State Innovation Model initiative launches website
    October 29, 2013 - DHS and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently launched a new State Innovation Model (SIM) Minnesota website at In February 2013 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation awarded Minnesota a $45 million SIM testing grant to be implemented during a three-year period ending October 2016.
  • Help available for Minnesota’s SNAP recipients as benefits change
    October 28, 2013 - Help is available for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who will see two changes in their benefits amounts during October and November 2013.
  • DHS to host 16th annual adoption celebration to help engage families
    October 28, 2013 - “Home,” “love,” and “family” are simple words many people take for granted, but for Minnesota children in the foster care system waiting to be adopted, those words mean so much more.
  • Commissioner Jesson statement on increased controls for prescription drugs
    October 25, 2013 - Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson released a statement supporting federal Food and Drug Administration recommendations to tighten restrictions on opioid-based prescriptions.
  • October is time to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs
    October 18, 2013 - October is Medicine Abuse Awareness Month and also fall clean-up time for many Minnesota households.
  • Proclamation recognizes county financial workers and case aides
    October 15, 2013 - Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed Oct. 16, as County Financial Worker and Case Aide Day in Minnesota.
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