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DHS is convening a series of meetings for stakeholders around Minnesota to discuss ideas for improving mental health services in their areas. Feedback from these meetings will help the department in developing initiatives for the 2015 session of the Minnesota Legislature. More information about the stakeholder meetings is online.
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.
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.
Plan aims to improve opportunities for people with disabilities
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. The Olmstead Plan (PDF), which is named after a 1999 U.S. Supreme Court decision that enumerated the rights of people with disabilities, is now posted online. After months of discussion at public meetings, testimony from people with disabilities and their families and many others, the Olmstead Sub-Cabinet has issued the draft plan. More information is in a news release about the Olmstead Plan.
Report recommends changes to substance abuse treatment system
Changing Minnesota’s substance use disorders treatment system from an acute, episodic model of treatment to a chronic disease model of health care would expand the continuum of care and improve integration with other services, including primary care. This change would also align the state’s model of care for substance abuse treatment with current research-informed practices endorsed by federal officials. Those are among key findings in a recent report to the Legislature from DHS. More information is in a story about the model of care report.
Problem gambling Web microsite launched
A new Minnesota problem gambling microsite, www.getgamblinghelp.com, was recently launched to offer resources to individuals experiencing life problems related to gambling and others who may have concerns related to an individual’s gambling behavior. The site points people to the toll-free problem gambling helpline, 1-800-333-HOPE, and also provides success stories from gamblers who have received treatment and other recovery resources. More information is in a story about the microsite.
Online training aimed at understanding hearing and vision loss
Online training is now available for people interested in learning about the unique challenges experienced by people who have combined hearing and vision loss. DHS' Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division is now offering “DeafBlind101: An Introduction to Combined Hearing and Vision Loss” on the deaf and hard of hearing services page on the DHS website by clicking the deafblind button on the homepage.
Disability website unveils new work planning feature
Disability Benefits 101, a comprehensive benefits and work-planning website for people with disabilities, recently unveiled a new feature that offers professionals tools and resources to improve work outcomes for people with disabilities. More information is in a story about the new website feature.
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