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  • Improvements made to Department of Human Services’ dashboard of progress on key indicators
    June 15, 2015 - New features recently added to the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ (DHS) public dashboard are aimed at helping users better track progress on agency goals.
  • Foster youth overcome odds, graduate from college
    June 10, 2015 - The odds are often stacked against them. Foster youth are less likely than their peers to attend and graduate from college—in part because they often lack a stable support system and don’t have the financial means to pay for tuition, room, board, books and other expenses
  • 2015 legislative session fact sheets available online
    June 09, 2015 - Fact sheets summarizing highlights of the 2015 legislative session are now available on DHS’ public website. The fact sheets are posted on the 2015 session fact sheets page.
  • Free sessions, open to the public, offered at Age & Disabilities conference this month in Duluth
    June 08, 2015 - Members of the public as well as conference attendees are welcome to attend free pre-conference intensive sessions being offered the morning of Monday, June 15, the first day of the Age & Disabilities Odyssey Conference at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
  • Commissioner visits Avon to highlight Return to Community initiative
    June 02, 2015 - DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson visited an elderly veteran at his home in Avon to highlight an initiative that has helped more than 2,200 Minnesotans return to their communities from nursing homes.
  • DHS receives Community Innovation Grant from Bush Foundation
    May 27, 2015 - DHS is among 30 organizations selected to receive a Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation. The foundation announced Wednesday, May 27, it will award nearly $5 million to support collaborative problem-solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions.
  • Forgotten Children’s Fund highlighted during Foster Care Month
    May 08, 2015 - The Forgotten Children’s Fund pays for gifts and activities for children in foster homes and treatment centers that they may not receive otherwise.
  • Human Services brings focus to children’s mental health issues
    May 07, 2015 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services today hosted a musical performance to recognize National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.
  • Medicaid reform initiative expands again with focus on people with disabilities; Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is newest partner
    May 05, 2015 - The latest addition to Minnesota’s Integrated Health Partnerships (IHP) initiative is Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, a part of Allina Health that serves people with disabilities and complex medical conditions.
  • Event highlights mental health challenges, solutions
    May 05, 2015 - To recognize and support the hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans with mental illness and their families, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed May Mental Health Month in Minnesota.
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