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News stories from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


  • Minnesota child protection task force to meet Wednesday in Duluth
    October 21, 2014 - The recently appointed Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children is asking for public testimony about Minnesota’s child protection system at its next meeting Wednesday in Duluth.
  • Board on Aging publishes guide to health care choices booklet for Medicare open enrollment
    October 20, 2014 - The Minnesota Board on Aging has just published its 2015 edition of Health Care Choices for Minnesotans on Medicare booklet.
  • Gov. Dayton announces appointments to task force on the protection of children
    October 07, 2014 - Governor Dayton last week announced appointments to the Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children.
  • Referrals for Community Action of Minneapolis customers
    October 03, 2014 - Minneapolis residents who previously received services from Community Action of Minneapolis and need assistance should call the agency or hotline listed for help with their specific needs.
  • Commissioner Jesson statement on Minnesota’s top health care quality ranking
    October 03, 2014 - Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson issued the following statement on the state’s recent top ranking for overall quality of health care in the nation by the federal Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research.
  • Live Well at Home mobile app receives national award
    October 03, 2014 - A mobile app developed for the Minnesota Board on Aging’s Live Well at Home initiative with support from the Minnesota Department of Human Services recently received a merit award in the 23rd annual National Mature Media Awards Program.
  • State of Minnesota Terminates Contracts with Community Action of Minneapolis
    September 26, 2014 - The Minnesota Departments of Human Services (DHS) and Commerce today announced that the State of Minnesota has taken formal steps to terminate all contracts with Community Action of Minneapolis.
  • Governor takes executive action, appoints task force on child welfare
    September 23, 2014 - Gov. Mark Dayton is taking executive action to make immediate changes to the state's child protection system. The governor also established the Governor's Task Force on the Protection of Children, which is charged with making specific recommendations for comprehensive improvements to the child protection system in the 2015 legislative session.
  • School districts receive federal mental health funding
    September 22, 2014 - Mental health services in Minnesota schools will benefit from new grant funding announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson said.
  • DHS commissioner visits Willmar to discuss work to improve child welfare system
    September 19, 2014 - Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea are traveling the state as part of the Children’s Justice Initiative, an effort to improve services for children in the foster care system.
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