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  • ‘Heroin at Home’ series addresses dramatic increase in opiate abuse
    June 10, 2013 - Heroin and prescription opiate abuse is on the rise in Minnesota. Learn about the dramatic increase in abuse of the drugs and what’s being done to address it on programs airing this month on Twin Cities Public Television.
  • Age and disabilities highlighted at Odyssey Conference in Duluth
    June 07, 2013 - “Framework for the Future” is the theme of the 2013 Age & Disabilities Odyssey, which is being held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center June 17 and 18.
  • 2013 legislative session fact sheets now available online
    May 30, 2013 - Fact sheets summarizing highlights of the 2013 legislative session are now available on DHS’ public website. The fact sheets are posted on the 2013 session fact sheets page.
  • DHS welcomes state’s ranking as healthiest state for seniors
    May 29, 2013 - A report released today recognizes the direction Minnesota has moved over many years to support older citizens’ access to health care services and long-term services and supports.
  • Families celebrated foster care at annual soccer event
    May 21, 2013 - The Fourth Annual Celebrate Foster Families event at the Minnesota United soccer match was held May 18 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
  • LGBT service organization honors DHS, Board on Aging
    May 16, 2013 - Commissioner Jesson and members of the Minnesota Board on Aging will accept an award honoring DHS and the Board on Aging for including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults in program planning and services.
  • Prevention Week highlights Minnesota’s substance abuse prevention efforts
    May 13, 2013 - Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed May 12-18, 2013, as Prevention Week in Minnesota in conjunction with National Prevention Week.
  • Minnesota achieves highest compliance rate for youth tobacco sales
    May 10, 2013 - Minnesota last year achieved a 99 percent compliance rate, its highest ever, with state and federal laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to people under 18 years old.
  • Federal government announces additional funding to cover ACA implementation costs
    May 03, 2013 - DHS received word from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that counties may be eligible for an increased match from the federal government to cover anticipated increases in Medical Assistance enrollment due to the Affordable Care Act.
  • Commissioner Jesson visits Moorhead to highlight investments in Minnesota children
    May 03, 2013 - Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson met with local and statewide leaders in Moorhead to discuss proposals in Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget that give every child in Minnesota an opportunity to succeed.
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