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News stories from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


  • SNAP+ pilot extended through holiday season to encourage healthier eating
    November 21, 2013 - Participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will continue to have an opportunity to double their purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • State gains millions to help seniors, people with disabilities remain independent, healthy
    November 20, 2013 - The federal government has granted approval for the state's Reform 2020 initiative, freeing up an additional $58 million over four years in state funds to reinvest in services that will keep more seniors and people with disabilities in their homes and communities.
  • Human Services commissioner tours Full Cycle Bike Shop in Minneapolis
    November 08, 2013 - Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson toured Full Cycle Bike Shop, a nonprofit bike shop serving homeless youth that recently received a grant through the Homeless Youth Act.
  • Human Services commissioner to be honored
    November 04, 2013 - The North American Council on Adoptable Children will honor DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson with its Voices from the Heart Award at its tenth anniversary celebration on Nov. 9 in St. Paul.
  • Knowledge of mental health needs of children of minority races, cultures sought for state mental health panel
    November 01, 2013 - The Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health of the State Advisory Council on Mental Health has an opening for a person knowledgeable about the needs of children of minority races and cultures who have emotional disturbances.
  • Plan aims to improve opportunities for people with disabilities
    November 01, 2013 - A plan that recognizes that Minnesotans with disabilities have the right to live, work and enjoy life in the most integrated setting is available online after being submitted to the court for final approval. The plan charts a course that will change the way state government provides supports and services for people protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  • DHS celebrates Parent Aware participation, investments in early education
    November 01, 2013 - DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson visited Amanda Rupar’s Family Child Care in Sartell, Minn., to celebrate recent investments in early childhood education and progress in increasing the number of Parent Aware-rated programs.
  • SNAP changes bring adjustments to benefit levels
    October 31, 2013 - A small cost-of-living adjustment on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits became effective Oct. 1, 2013, that may affect some SNAP recipients who are not already at the maximum benefit level for their household size. Beginning Nov. 1, some recipients may see a decrease in their benefits.
  • 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.
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