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News stories from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


  • New resources available to help Minnesotans make plans to live at home as they age
    December 09, 2013 - Family gatherings during the holiday season offer opportunities to check in on how older relatives and friends are doing and planning for the future.
  • Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force releases report
    December 02, 2013 - The Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force, chaired by former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, submitted final recommendations to Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and the U.S. District Court on Monday, Dec. 2, after a thorough review of major issues concerning the civil commitment of sex offenders.
  • SNAP+ pilot extended through holiday season to encourage healthier eating
    November 21, 2013 - Participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will continue to have an opportunity to double their purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • State gains millions to help seniors, people with disabilities remain independent, healthy
    November 20, 2013 - The federal government has granted approval for the state's Reform 2020 initiative, freeing up an additional $58 million over four years in state funds to reinvest in services that will keep more seniors and people with disabilities in their homes and communities.
  • Human Services commissioner tours Full Cycle Bike Shop in Minneapolis
    November 08, 2013 - Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson toured Full Cycle Bike Shop, a nonprofit bike shop serving homeless youth that recently received a grant through the Homeless Youth Act.
  • Human Services commissioner to be honored
    November 04, 2013 - The North American Council on Adoptable Children will honor DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson with its Voices from the Heart Award at its tenth anniversary celebration on Nov. 9 in St. Paul.
  • Knowledge of mental health needs of children of minority races, cultures sought for state mental health panel
    November 01, 2013 - The Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health of the State Advisory Council on Mental Health has an opening for a person knowledgeable about the needs of children of minority races and cultures who have emotional disturbances.
  • Plan aims to improve opportunities for people with disabilities
    November 01, 2013 - A plan that recognizes that Minnesotans with disabilities have the right to live, work and enjoy life in the most integrated setting is available online after being submitted to the court for final approval. The plan charts a course that will change the way state government provides supports and services for people protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  • DHS celebrates Parent Aware participation, investments in early education
    November 01, 2013 - DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson visited Amanda Rupar’s Family Child Care in Sartell, Minn., to celebrate recent investments in early childhood education and progress in increasing the number of Parent Aware-rated programs.
  • SNAP changes bring adjustments to benefit levels
    October 31, 2013 - A small cost-of-living adjustment on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits became effective Oct. 1, 2013, that may affect some SNAP recipients who are not already at the maximum benefit level for their household size. Beginning Nov. 1, some recipients may see a decrease in their benefits.
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