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  • Commissioner Jesson statement on State Government Innovation Awards
    July 10, 2014 - Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson issued the following statement on the Minnesota State Goverment Innovation Awards announced today by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
  • ‘Heroin at Home’ documentary airing statewide
    July 10, 2014 - “Heroin at Home,” a two-part documentary produced by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Twin Cities Public Television, will air July 11, July 20 and July 27 on the statewide Minnesota Channel.
  • Awards go to DHS problem gambling outreach efforts
    July 09, 2014 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services has received three awards for efforts to increase awareness of problem gambling and how people can get help.
  • Commissioner Jesson statement on opioid painkiller prescribing
    July 01, 2014 - Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson issued the following statement today on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new Vital Signs Issue: Opioid Painkiller Prescribing.
  • Projects awarded $3.5M to improve home care quality through innovation
    July 01, 2014 - Numerous providers of services to older Minnesotans, people with disabilities and the deaf and hard of hearing community will receive funding this summer to implement innovative projects designed to improve service quality.
  • New investments in home and community services begin July 1
    June 30, 2014 - Providers that serve people with disabilities and older Minnesotans in their homes and other community settings will receive a 5 percent rate increase, effective July 1.
  • Minnesota ranks first on AARP’s long-term care scorecard
    June 19, 2014 - Efforts among many Minnesotans to help older adults and people with disabilities live at home and receive high-quality services positioned the state to rank first again on a national scorecard.
  • Commissioner Jesson statement on Health Care Disparities Report
    June 16, 2014 - Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson issued the following statement on the Health Care Disparities Report issued today by MN Community Measurement.
  • Gov. Dayton proclaims Sunday Elder Abuse Awareness Day
    June 13, 2014 - Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Sunday, June 15, as Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Minnesota, as a time to promote better understanding and address under-recognized problems with abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of elders and vulnerable adults.
  • Commissioner Jesson welcomes new report showing dramatic drop in uninsured rate
    June 12, 2014 - A new report finds that Minnesota’s uninsured rate has fallen to the lowest point ever recorded, primarily driven by enrollment in public health care programs.
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