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  • DHS commissioner announces formation of Child Foster Care Work Group
    July 30, 2015 - Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson has appointed a work group to review concerns about the child foster care system and provide recommendations on how to make improvements.
  • Minnesota celebrates 50th anniversary of Medicaid legislation
    July 29, 2015 - This week, Minnesota is celebrating 50 years since Medicaid was established, starting Minnesota on a path to providing quality coverage for low-income residents while leading the way for other states in innovation.
  • Mental health center adds primary care to become health care home
    July 29, 2015 - Minnesota has 382 medical clinics that are certified as health care homes, but Zumbro Valley Health Center is the state’s first community mental health center to become a health care home.
  • State Innovation Awards recognize two DHS programs
    July 29, 2015 - Two Minnesota Department of Human Services efforts to improve the satisfaction and health outcomes of people served are among 10 winners of this year’s Minnesota State Government Innovation Awards.
  • State health care contracting reforms save taxpayers $650 million
    July 28, 2015 - Gov. Mark Dayton and Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Lucinda Jesson announced that Minnesota’s first statewide competitive bidding process for managed care contracts, and other contract adjustments, saved taxpayers nearly $650 million.
  • Lobby display highlights disability history
    July 27, 2015 - In observance of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this summer, DHS is hosting a disability history exhibit in the lobby of the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar St., St. Paul, the week of July 27.
  • Statement from Commissioner Jesson on Magnuson appointment
    July 24, 2015 - On July 23, former Chief Justice Eric Magnuson was appointed special master in a federal lawsuit about the civil commitment of sex offenders.
  • Youth in foster care learn leadership skills at Duluth conference
    July 22, 2015 - Young people who have successfully transitioned from foster care to adulthood will kick off a conference created to provide leadership opportunities for those still in foster care.
  • More than $23 million improves child protection services
    July 21, 2015 - Minnesota counties and tribes are now receiving the first of more than $23.35 million in new state funding to hire more than 300 workers and improve child protection services.
  • Minnesota recommendations go to White House Conference on Aging
    July 10, 2015 - Nearly 500 Minnesotans helped produce recommendations sent to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, which will originate from the White House in Washington, D.C., and be streamed live online from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST on Monday, July 13.
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