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News stories from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


  • Lawmakers look at key proposals for long-term care, child care, mental health care
    March 12, 2013 - Key human services proposals that restructure long-term care services, provide for the safe and healthy development of children and strengthen chemical and mental health services are scheduled to be heard by legislators Wednesday.
  • More Minnesota children to move to permanent families through Northstar Care for Children
    March 12, 2013 - Hundreds of children under state guardianship are waiting in foster care for families. Commissioner Lucinda Jesson recently announced Northstar Care for Children, a plan to help these children, who have spent far too much time in foster care, become part of permanent families.
  • Human Services commissioner highlights Reform 2020 in St. Paul
    March 08, 2013 - Commissioner Lucinda Jesson met with employees and employers in downtown St. Paul to highlight portions of Gov. Mark Dayton’s Reform 2020 budget package that support employment for Minnesotans with disabilities, especially young Minnesotans.
  • Legislation would help stem rising heroin and other opiate abuse
    March 08, 2013 - Minnesota legislators will consider proposals early next week from the Department of Human Services that would toughen regulation of methadone clinics and improve treatment for people who are addicted.
  • Commissioner Jesson highlights Reform 2020 in Mankato
    March 07, 2013 - Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson visited family caregivers and older adults in Mankato to highlight proposals in Gov. Mark Dayton's budget that ensure the sustainability of long-term services and supports for Minnesota’s growing aging population.
  • State announces pilot to encourage eating fresh produce
    March 05, 2013 - This summer, a pilot project will put more locally-grown fruits and vegetables on the plates of thousands of Minnesotans.
  • Department of Human Services’ health care delivery reforms highlighted
    March 05, 2013 - Minnesota legislators are delving into efforts by the Department of Human Services to increase the value Minnesotans receive for their health care dollars.
  • Department of Human Services sanctions methadone provider
    December 17, 2012 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services placed Specialized Treatment Services on a three-year conditional license and ordered it to pay a $1,200 fine for its failure to comply with policies and procedures related to the dispensing of methadone.
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