The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides Minnesotans with a variety of services intended to help people live as independently as possible.
Signature Initiatives highlight the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ priority projects and key activities.
Parent Aware helps parents find high-quality child care and early learning programs, like Amanda Rupar’s Family Child Care, that prepare children for kindergarten. Commissioner Lucinda Jesson recently visited the four-star-rated center in Sartell, Minn.
Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea and Commissioner Lucinda Jesson recognized 524 families who adopted children from the foster care system, including Cora and Chris, and encouraged others to consider adoption of 520 children still waiting at the Celebrate Adoption: A Circus of the Heart event to launch Adoption Month in November.
The Department of Human Services kicked off Recovery Month Sept. 4 with an evening of speakers focused on recovery from substance use for service members and others.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services launched four initiatives this summer to help put healthy food on low-income Minnesotans’ tables. Funding for the projects came from a $1.2 million federal bonus for Minnesota’s work to increase Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) use among eligible residents.
Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson writes about the 2014-2015 human services budget: "The budget approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Dayton is a significant step forward for the people of Minnesota."
Reform 2020, which advanced through the Legislature and received funding this session, transforms Minnesota’s Medicaid program to better meet the challenges of rising health care costs and a growing aging population while better serving Minnesotans’ long-term care needs.
This summer, the SNAP+ pilot project is helping Minnesotans eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. It is one of four initiatives the Department of Human Services is funding through a federal bonus to help put healthy food on the tables of low-income Minnesotans, particularly kids and seniors.
The Department of Human Services and Twin Cities Public Television have produced a documentary series, “Heroin at Home,” about the rise of heroin and opiate use in Minnesota and what’s being done to address it. View the series online.
Gov. Mark Dayton visited a youth group working to prevent underage drinking at their booth at the Governor’s Fishing Opener festival in Park Rapids May 9-12.
Commissioner Lucinda Jesson is touring the state in support of Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed FY 2014-2015 budget for human services, which aims to build on past accomplishments, put the needs of Minnesotans first, and reinvest existing resources more effectively.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services is partnering with six major health care providers to test a new payment model that rewards quality care and health outcomes.
Minnesota does best when every child in the state has an opportunity reach their highest potential. Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson recently visited Northside Child Development Center in Minneapolis to learn about its work to prepare children to succeed in school and life.
The 2012 Commissioner's Circle of Excellence Awards honored seven organizations for their outstanding contributions to human services clients.
Own Your Future, a state and federal initiative, seeks to make Minnesotans aware of the importance of planning now to meet their future long-term care needs.
DHS and other state agencies recently released the Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy, the first-ever statewide plan to tackle substance abuse and addiction in Minnesota.
DHS is spreading the word about the recently expanded Safe Place for Newborns law, which gives parents more time and ways to safely surrender a newborn without fear of prosecution.
ApplyMN is the state’s website for Minnesotans to apply for the help they need. It provides a secure, easy and more consistent way for applicants and enrollees to apply for assistance across numerous programs. ApplyMN improves access to various assistance programs for low income Minnesotans, while streamlining the application process.