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  • DHS seeks to fill nursing, direct care jobs at Anoka hiring event Feb. 17
    February 08, 2016 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services is aiming to fill more than 40 nursing and direct care job openings at a hiring event Feb. 17 at Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center.
  • State releases updated plan to prevent and end homelessness
    January 28, 2016 - State officials approved an updated two-year action plan today for Minnesota’s continued efforts to prevent and end homelessness.
  • Expert in aging services named to statewide leadership posts
    January 19, 2016 - Kari Benson of St. Paul, an expert in aging services with more than 15 years of experience at the federal and state levels, has been named executive director of the Minnesota Board on Aging and director of the Minnesota Department of Human Services Aging and Adult Services Division.
  • Statement from Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper on the Minnesota Health Care Financing Task Force’s approval of final package of recommendations
    January 15, 2016 - Today the Minnesota Health Care Financing Task Force voted and approved a final package of recommendations, which will be submitted to the Governor and Legislature at the end of the month.
  • Department of Human Services seeks applications for vacancies on Medicaid Citizens’ Advisory Committee
    January 14, 2016 - DHS is looking for up to 10 individuals who would like to serve on the Medicaid Citizens’ Advisory Committee.
  • Grants awarded to focus on awareness, support for people with Alzheimer’s, caregivers
    January 14, 2016 - A new Minnesota Board on Aging grant program will help community organizations raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and serve caregivers of people who have the diseases.
  • Health Care Financing Task Force to vote on final recommendations Friday in St. Paul
    January 13, 2016 - The Minnesota Health Care Financing Task Force will convene their final meeting at the Minnesota Department of Human Services on Friday in St. Paul.
  • Health care renewals period being extended
    December 31, 2015 - The 2016 health care renewals period is being extended, allowing people more time to submit their forms. Cases that were closed will be re-opened for January coverage. This coverage will be effective beginning Jan. 1, 2016.
  • State Fair survey: Many not ready for long-term care costs
    December 31, 2015 - A large percentage of Minnesotans continue to be unsure about how they would pay for long-term care expenses as they age, but many are interested in financial products that could help them pay for that care.
  • DHS head calls for changes at state psychiatric hospital
    December 30, 2015 - Human Services Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper pledged Wednesday to take action to address ongoing issues with patient safety, staff injuries, and overtime at the state-operated psychiatric hospital in Anoka.
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