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2014 legislative session bonding proposal fact sheets available online
Fact sheets summarizing human services bonding proposals for the 2014 legislative session are now available on the DHS website. Two fact sheets highlighting improvements at the Minnesota Security Hospital (PDF) and funding for expanded early childhood learning facilities (PDF) are on the legislative information page. Legislative reports and background information will be added to the page as well.
Minnesota takes key steps in fight against opiate abuse
Efforts to curb a wave of prescription drug abuse and addiction to other opiates marked the first full year of the Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy. Minnesota met the strategy’s immediate goals to increase education for physicians and other front-line professionals about treatments for opioid dependence, how abuse of opioid-based prescription drugs can lead to addiction to other opiates like heroin and how to reverse an opiate overdose. More information is in a news release about the substance abuse strategy's first-year report.
Commissioner Jesson announces agency goals for 2014
DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson has announced agency goals and action steps for 2014. The goals and action steps with a focus on people, innovation, equity and integrity are contained in the document Framework for the Future: 2014 (PDF), which is available on the DHS website. This direction builds on accomplishments from the past year (PDF).
More content moving to redesigned DHS public website
Adult mental health and disability services content is moving within the DHS website. The move is part of a redesign of the department's public website to improve its usability. To help website users find content, DHS will temporarily redirect key links. If you have bookmarked this content or added it to favorites, you will need to update these links. More information about the redesign is online.
2012 County Human Service Cost Report is available online
The annual Minnesota County Human Service Cost Report for Calendar Year 2012 (PDF) is available on DHS’ website. The report contains statewide and county-specific costs and revenue shares for economic support, health and social service programs. The report combines county fiscal activity, DHS centralized activity for counties, federal and state payments and computation of the county funded share — it is the big picture of Minnesota’s county-administered, state supervised human services system. Narrative descriptions and notes, a graphic overview, trend data and per-capita comparative data are included.
DHS dashboard on public website
DHS has a dashboard where the public can go for information on the agency’s performance in key areas. It is designed to be a visitor-friendly tool where Minnesotans can see the department’s goals in different areas, where it is on track to meet those goals and where more work is needed.
Self-sufficiency and health care statistics report is online
The Family Self-Sufficiency and Health Care Program Statistics available through December 2013 (PDF) report is available online. The report, compiled by the Reports and Forecasts Division, includes caseload numbers and expenditures for cash, emergency and food assistance programs and health care programs.
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