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  • DHS launches work group to address opioid prescribing issues
    November 20, 2015 - Over the past two decades, deaths from drug overdose have been rising steadily and are the leading cause of injury death in Minnesota. In response, DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson has formed an expert work group to address the wide availability of prescription opioids and provide recommendations.
  • State releases first youth sexual exploitation report, recommendations
    November 17, 2015 - A first-year evaluation of the state’s Safe Harbor Program credits it with raising awareness and understanding of the sexual exploitation of young men and women in Minnesota and provides key information about the youth who are victims.
  • Projects funded to improve health, quality of life for Minnesotans in nursing homes
    November 13, 2015 - Nursing homes throughout Minnesota will launch a variety of quality improvement efforts — leading to outcomes such as better sleep, fewer falls, less depression and lower staff turnover — with a total of $9.5 million more in funding through a Minnesota Department of Human Services program.
  • Health Care Financing Task Force to meet Friday in St. Cloud
    November 10, 2015 - The Minnesota Health Care Financing Task Force will convene a meeting at the River’s Edge Convention Center on Friday in St. Cloud.
  • 2016 Health Care Choices booklet available for Minnesota Medicare recipients
    November 06, 2015 - The Minnesota Board on Aging’s 2016 edition of the Minnesota Health Care Choices booklet is now available online and in print to provide information for Minnesota Medicare recipients.
  • Unsafe sleep environments account for nearly all unexpected infant deaths in Minnesota
    November 05, 2015 - Minnesota’s departments of Health and Human Services are calling for no co-sleeping with infants and for infants to sleep without blankets and pillows as data mounts that unsafe sleep environments account for nearly all unexpected infant deaths in Minnesota.
  • Mental health program for deaf, hard of hearing wins award
    November 04, 2015 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services’ mental health program for people who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing has received a prestigious statewide award for its work.
  • Department of Human Services encourages Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare enrollees to select health plan
    October 28, 2015 - Due to changes in 2016 health plan options for many enrollees in Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare, the DHS is encouraging MA and MinnesotaCare members to actively select a new plan for the upcoming year.
  • Documentary details effects of age-related hearing loss
    October 27, 2015 - “Hearing Loss Matters,” a documentary on the effects of age-related hearing loss, is now available for viewing on the Twin Cities PBS website.
  • 18th annual adoption event to highlight need for families, provide information to those interested in adopting
    October 26, 2015 - Four hundred ninety-nine children are waiting in Minnesota’s foster care system for someone to adopt them into safe, loving, permanent families.
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