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News stories from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


  • Commissioner Jesson announces agency goals for 2014
    February 07, 2014 - DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson has announced agency goals and action steps for 2014. The goals and action steps with a focus on people, innovation, equity and integrity are contained in the document Framework for the Future: 2014, which is available on the DHS website. This direction builds on accomplishments from the past year.
  • Commissioner Jesson visits four-star Parent Aware program in Rochester
    February 06, 2014 - Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson visited Underbakke’s Little Tykes Daycare in Rochester today to highlight investments in early childhood education and progress in increasing the number of Parent Aware-rated programs.
  • Human Services, Council on Black Minnesotans, partners promote adoption
    February 05, 2014 - During Black History Month, DHS, the Council on Black Minnesotans, and several nonprofit and community organizations are working together to encourage families to adopt children waiting in the foster care system, particularly African-American children who are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system.
  • Initial findings show positive results for foster youth remaining in care
    February 04, 2014 - Foster youth who remain in care beyond age 18 fare better than their counterparts who leave care, preliminary data of a multi-year study shows.
  • Frequently asked questions about health care applications through MNsure available
    January 30, 2014 - Some people who applied for health care through MNsure may not receive notices or health care cards promptly. The DHS Member Help Desk can answer questions about your application or coverage for a Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP). If you qualify for coverage, we can help you work with your doctor or pharmacy to get services and prescriptions you need.
  • DHS' Antonia Wilcoxon honored for community contributions
    January 28, 2014 - DHS Director of Community Relations Antonia Wilcoxon was honored recently for her positive contributions to the health and well-being of community members.
  • Applications sought for State Mental Health Advisory Council
    January 27, 2014 - The Governor of the State of Minnesota is seeking applications for membership on the State Advisory Council on Mental Health.
  • DHS funds network of services for sexually exploited youth
    January 27, 2014 - In response to the devastation of sex trafficking, the Minnesota Department of Human Services and its partners will soon provide an array of services to youth who have been victims of sex trafficking.
  • Commissioner Jesson statement on Minnesota’s ranking second in the nation for social mobility
    January 24, 2014 - St. Paul—Today Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson issued the following statement on Minnesota’s social mobility ranking:
  • Minnesota foster youth recognized as outstanding young leader
    January 21, 2014 - Tenacity, determination and confidence describe 20-year old foster care youth Haley Kuehl.
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