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  • Final report advocates significant child protection changes
    April 01, 2015 - The Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children released its final recommendations making key reforms to Minnesota’s child protection system.
  • Gains in diabetes, vascular care narrow the disparity gap
    March 26, 2015 - While most outcomes for Minnesota Health Care Program clients continue to lag behind those for people with other insurance, data from the eighth annual Health Care Disparities Report released today shows that the gaps are narrowing.
  • Mental health proposal to invest $39M in comprehensive care
    March 20, 2015 - DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson visited Brainerd Friday to highlight a broad legislative package with improvements to Minnesota’s mental health system, including a new statewide hotline for mental health crisis services.
  • March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
    March 19, 2015 - March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to learn how to prevent brain injury and be aware that it may be an underlying cause of other disorders.
  • Hennen named state ombudsman for long-term care
    March 16, 2015 - Cheryl Hennen, deputy ombudsman in the Office of the Ombudsman for Long Term Care since 2011, has been named to lead the office effective March 11.
  • Own Your Future panel meets March 13
    March 12, 2015 - The status of Own Your Future-related items in Governor Mark Dayton’s budget and related legislation will be discussed when the Own Your Future Advisory Panel meets from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 13, in Room 2380 of the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar St., St. Paul.
  • ‘Have the conversation’ about problem gambling this month
    March 12, 2015 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services is encouraging Minnesotans to “have the conversation” during Problem Gambling Awareness Month as part of nationwide efforts to spread the word that there is help and hope for recovery.
  • Commissioner Jesson, Sen. Rosen promote increased access to dental care
    February 24, 2015 - DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and Sen. Julie Rosen visited the office of dentist Dr. Thomas Larson, DDS, in Fairmont to discuss the importance of access to dental for Minnesota children and families, especially in greater Minnesota.
  • Commissioner highlights child care proposals in Rochester
    February 10, 2015 - Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson visited Super School-Age Care in Rochester today to highlight budget proposals from Gov. Mark Dayton that would increase access to quality child care.
  • State looks for new ways to prevent home care fraud
    February 09, 2015 - The Department of Human Services is reaching out to learn more about private services and products that monitor personal care assistants and that help prevent fraud.
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