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2014 County Human Service Cost Report is available online

The annual Minnesota County Human Service Cost Report for Calendar Year 2014 (PDF) is available on DHS’ public website. The report, compiled by the Financial Operations Division, contains statewide and county-specific costs and revenue shares for economic support, health and social service programs.

2015 legislative session fact sheets now online

Fact sheets summarizing highlights of the 2015 legislative session are now available on the fact sheets page. A fact sheet providing an overview of human services legislation (PDF) is included, along with fact sheets on fighting the spread of opioids (PDF), keeping health care accessible and affordable (PDF), promoting innovation in long-term care purchasing and financing (PDF), protecting taxpayers from fraud in public programs (PDF), strengthening Minnesota’s mental health system (PDF), and providing children with a safe place to learn and grow (PDF).

'Follow' DHS page on Facebook

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has launched a new departmentwide Facebook page that will feature a variety of content helping to share the DHS mission. DHS invites Facebook users to share constructive ideas, information, opinions and stories. Social media guidelines and links to all official DHS social media accounts can be found in the social media statement.

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 2015

DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson has announced agency goals and action steps for 2015. The goals and action steps with a focus on people, innovation, equity and integrity are contained in the document Framework for the Future: 2015 (PDF), which is available on the DHS website. This direction builds on accomplishments from the past year (PDF).

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 October 2015 (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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