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  • DHS head calls for changes at state psychiatric hospital
    December 30, 2015 - Human Services Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper pledged Wednesday to take action to address ongoing issues with patient safety, staff injuries, and overtime at the state-operated psychiatric hospital in Anoka.
  • DHS funds seven organizations serving sexually exploited youth
    December 30, 2015 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services recently awarded $3.3 million to seven Minnesota organizations providing emergency shelter, outreach services, and supportive housing specific to the needs of sex-trafficked minors.
  • Tobacco treatment free for Minnesotans on Medical Assistance starting 2016
    December 29, 2015 - Keeping that New Year’s resolution to quit smoking may be easier in 2016, since tobacco treatment medication for Minnesotans on Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare will be completely free starting Jan. 1, 2016.
  • Health Care Financing Task Force to Meet Friday in Eagan
    December 16, 2015 - The Minnesota Health Care Financing Task Force will convene a meeting at the Eagan Community Center on Friday in Eagan.
  • Minnesota ranked first in the nation for state health system performance
    December 11, 2015 - A new report from the Commonwealth Fund has ranked Minnesota first in the nation for state health system performance.
  • Otter Tail County long-term care providers receive funding to demonstrate personal health records
    December 11, 2015 - DHS has awarded an Otter Tail County collaborative $1 million as part of a federally funded demonstration to better understand and expand the use of personal health records for older adults and people with disabilities receiving Medicaid-funded long-term services and supports.
  • Survey: Older Minnesotans working longer, delaying retirement, staying put in winter
    December 10, 2015 - Compared to years past, older Minnesotans are working longer, delaying retirement and escaping in fewer numbers to warmer climates during the winter.
  • Minnesota lauded as national leader in mental health reform
    December 09, 2015 - Minnesota was one of only two states recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as a national leader for mental health reform for the second year in a row.
  • DHS reminds Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare enrollees of upcoming deadline for renewing health care coverage
    December 04, 2015 - DHS is reminding Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare members of an upcoming deadline this month to take action on renewal paperwork to ensure uninterrupted coverage.
  • Commissioner’s awards recognize human services leaders
    December 04, 2015 - Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson today honored seven programs from across the state for their outstanding contributions to human services clients.
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