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News stories from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


  • New immunization requirements for child care, early childhood programs and schools begin Sept. 1, 2014
    October 29, 2013 - Changes to immunization requirements for children in Minnesota child care, early childhood programs and schools will better protect children and communities from a number of potentially serious diseases, say state health officials.
  • Minnesota's State Innovation Model initiative launches website
    October 29, 2013 - DHS and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently launched a new State Innovation Model (SIM) Minnesota website at In February 2013 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation awarded Minnesota a $45 million SIM testing grant to be implemented during a three-year period ending October 2016.
  • Help available for Minnesota’s SNAP recipients as benefits change
    October 28, 2013 - Help is available for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who will see two changes in their benefits amounts during October and November 2013.
  • DHS to host 16th annual adoption celebration to help engage families
    October 28, 2013 - “Home,” “love,” and “family” are simple words many people take for granted, but for Minnesota children in the foster care system waiting to be adopted, those words mean so much more.
  • Commissioner Jesson statement on increased controls for prescription drugs
    October 25, 2013 - Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson released a statement supporting federal Food and Drug Administration recommendations to tighten restrictions on opioid-based prescriptions.
  • October is time to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs
    October 18, 2013 - October is Medicine Abuse Awareness Month and also fall clean-up time for many Minnesota households.
  • Proclamation recognizes county financial workers and case aides
    October 15, 2013 - Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed Oct. 16, as County Financial Worker and Case Aide Day in Minnesota.
  • Own Your Future meeting set: Public invited to comment on affordable ways to pay for long-term care
    October 15, 2013 - Own Your Future, an initiative to encourage Minnesotans to plan to pay for their long-term care, moves to another step this week with a public meeting on long-term care financing options for middle-income citizens.
  • Members appointed to serve on Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council
    October 08, 2013 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services recently appointed 33 people to a council charged with reducing disparities within programs serving human services clients.
  • Minnesota’s problem gambling website receives national award
    October 02, 2013 -, which provides information and resources for compulsive gambling, received the National Council on Problem Gambling’s award for Best Problem Gambling-Related Website.
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