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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training request posted

DHS is seeking proposals from qualified responders to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) services to eligible SNAP E&T participants.

Proposals are due Monday, May 22, 2017. Responders’ questions are posted on the Grants and RFPs page on the DHS website.

Important information about measles outbreak in Minnesota

A number of measles cases have been confirmed by the Minnesota Department of Health. More information about child care programs, the measles outbreak and immunization requirements is on the Licensed child care webpage.

DHS interpreter poster now features 15 languages

Minnesotans are speaking more languages, which is why DHS’ interpreter poster (PDF) (DHS-4739-ENG) has recently been updated. The new poster features six new languages: Amharic, Burmese, Cantonese/Traditional Chinese, French, Karen and Korean. These languages are in addition to the previous languages, which are: Arabic, Hmong, Cambodian/Khmer, Lao, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. More information is in a story about the interpreter poster.

Background documents analyze child care access, monitoring, oversight

The licensed child care issue brief, Understanding Licensed Child Care in Minnesota (PDF), provides licensing data along with an analysis of issues facing licensed child care in Minnesota. These issues include monitoring and oversight activities as well as the availability of licensed care in the state in 2016. The fact sheets address commonly asked questions and provide insight on trends in licensed care. These resources are intended to inform families, licensed providers, policy makers and other key stakeholders about licensed child care in Minnesota.

Legislative session fact sheets available online

Fact sheets summarizing human services proposals for the 2017 legislative session are now available on the DHS website. Legislative reports and background information also can be found on the legislative information page. Information about Gov. Mark Dayton’s fiscal year 2018-19 budget recommendations is available on the Minnesota Management and Budget website.

County Human Service Cost Report is available online

The annual Minnesota County Human Service Cost Report for Calendar Year 2015 (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.

DHS launches Olmstead web page and email news service

Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan now has a home on the DHS website. Through the Olmstead Plan, Minnesota is paving the way for people with disabilities to express their preferences for how they choose to live, learn, work and engage in community life, while receiving the supports they need to be safe and successful. DHS is working closely with community partners and other state agencies to make Minnesota a leader in supporting choice for people with disabilities. The “Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Olmstead Plan” page contains DHS-specific news, information and materials about the plan, including successes, fact sheets, and other materials of interest to a wide range of audiences.

Videos to help SNAP Employment and Training participants

The Minnesota Department of Human Services, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, has produced two orientation videos for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) participants. The videos, produced in English and Spanish, introduce viewers to what SNAP Employment and Training does to help Minnesotans transition from public assistance to self-sufficiency by preparing for and obtaining gainful employment. A Somali language video is currently in production and will be published later in 2016. More information can be found on the department’s SNAP Employment and Training Program webpage.

'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.

Online update keeps workers updated on health care programs

A new online publication from DHS provides information about DHS public health care programs and MNsure for county, tribal and state eligibility workers. DHS public health care programs and MNsure: Weekly information for county, tribal and state eligibility workers is available on the CountyLink website. DHS' Health Care Administration (HCA) created the update in an effort to keep county, tribal and state eligibility workers informed about news and information that affects their work. HCA will send this publication each Monday to ensure information reaches workers in a timely manner.

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