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2014 legislative session fact sheets now available online

Fact sheets summarizing highlights of the 2014 legislative session are now available on DHS’ website. A fact sheet providing an overview of changes affecting human services (PDF) is included, along with fact sheets on expanded facilities for early childhood learning (PDF), improved safety at Minnesota Security Hospital (PDF) and the new background study law (PDF).

Infant deaths in child care continue to decrease, report shows

Infant deaths in child care settings fell dramatically in 2013 from the two previous years, according to the recently published 2013 Licensing Division and Background Studies Division Year-end Report (PDF). The report features trends over previous years, a review of 2013 legislation and a look forward. The report notes that a number of factors may be contributing to this reduction in infant child care deaths, including increased public awareness of safe sleep practices, increased consistency in enforcement through the development of forms and tools for licensors, and enhanced provider information regarding standards and training requirements. More information is in a news release about the 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).

DHS sees increase in maltreatment reports and investigations

The number of reports of maltreatment in Minnesota licensed programs in fiscal year 2013 increased by 7 percent while the number of substantiated reports rose by 10 percent. These are some of the findings in the Minnesota Department of Human Services FY 13 Maltreatment Report (PDF) to the Legislature. Also noteworthy is that from FY 12 to FY 13, the number of maltreatment investigations the department was able to complete in FY 13 increased 9 percent over the previous reporting period. More information is in a story about the report.

Website available for bulk orders of preprinted DHS documents

Counties, tribes, health care providers and others who order DHS documents now have a new website to order preprinted forms. Customers can now access the order fulfillment website off the eDocs forms and documents repository on DHS' public website.

Self-sufficiency and health care statistics report is online

The Family Self-Sufficiency and Health Care Program Statistics available through August 2014 (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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