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  • New Crisis Link is resource for Minnesotans’ emergency needs
    October 06, 2015 - A new Crisis Link has been launched as part of, the state’s comprehensive website for services, resources and information.
  • Historic mental health funding bill signed
    October 01, 2015 - Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and mental health advocates, health care providers and community partners joined Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday for a ceremonial bill signing celebrating the state’s largest increase in mental health funding to date.
  • Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan approved by U.S. District Court
    September 30, 2015 - Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan, which is designed to ensure that people with disabilities are able to live, learn, work, and enjoy life in the most integrated setting of their choosing, was approved Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank. The plan charts a course that will change the way state government provides services and supports for Minnesotans with disabilities.
  • DHS hosts kickoff event for Community Innovation Grant efforts
    September 30, 2015 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services today launched an effort to promote community engagement and equity for the next two years.
  • Child care centers charged in million dollar fraud case
    September 29, 2015 - Search warrants were executed at four child care centers and four people were taken into custody Tuesday as part of an extensive investigation into fraudulent billing of the Child Care Assistance Program that is likely to surpass $1 million.
  • Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
    September 25, 2015 - Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson encourages Minnesotans to mark National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, Sept. 26, by finding and getting rid of their unused, unwanted prescription medicine as a way to stop drug abuse before it starts.
  • Day care provider charged with improperly billing State
    September 22, 2015 - The Ramsey County Attorney's Office on Friday charged Said Jire Kalinle with one count of Theft by Swindle and one count of Identity Theft in connection with the overbilling of Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program in excess of $11,000.
  • Department of Human Services seeks input on substance abuse
    September 21, 2015 - The Department of Human Services is hosting a series of listening sessions across the state to hear from individuals, families and service providers about substance abuse treatment and prevention.
  • Fall prevention awareness event to kick off first day of fall
    September 18, 2015 - Members of the public are invited to join public officials and members of the Minnesota Falls Prevention Coalition on the first day of fall, Wednesday, Sept. 23, for the “Take a Stand to Prevent Falls” event at the National Guard Armory.
  • Jean Wood receives national aging, disability award
    September 17, 2015 - Jean Wood was presented with the first-ever Executive Director’s Award from the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities at its annual conference in September.
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