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  • 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.
  • Social media campaign brings synthetic drug message to Minnesota students, young adults
    April 23, 2015 - DHS announced the launch of a new social media campaign aimed at warning students and young adults about the dangers of synthetic drugs. As part of the launch, young artists are painting a mural this week in Minneapolis.
  • Duluth woman sentenced for defrauding Medical Assistance
    April 23, 2015 - The owner of two home care agencies in Duluth who was convicted of health care fraud in February was sentenced April 22, 2015, in St. Louis County District Court to five years of probation and ordered to pay restitution to DHS.
  • Wood to receive Gerontological Society award
    April 21, 2015 - Jean Wood, executive director of the Minnesota Board on Aging and director of Aging and Adult Services for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, is receiving the Dutch Kastenbaum Outstanding Gerontologist Award from the Minnesota Gerontological Society this month.
  • Resources available on Healthcare Decisions Day
    April 13, 2015 - On National Healthcare Decisions Day, the public is encouraged to do advance care planning, which is making decisions about the health care you would want if you become unable to speak for yourself.
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