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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 (PDF) 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.

Budget information available online

Gov. Mark Dayton’s supplemental budget recommendations for the 2014-2015 biennium are available on the Minnesota Management & Budget’s website. Fact sheets summarizing human services proposals for the 2014 legislative session are now available on the DHS website. Fact sheets highlighting improvements at the Minnesota Security Hospital (PDF), funding for expanded early childhood learning facilities (PDF), Unsession proposals (PDF) and background study reform (PDF) are on the legislative information page on the DHS website. Legislative reports and background information are listed on the page as well.

Follow DHS pages on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube

"Follow," or subscribe to updates, from the Minnesota Department of Human Services on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. The department recently added an official DHS home page to LinkedIn, a professional networking site, featuring job postings at DHS facilities. DHS' YouTube channel features videos produced or sponsored by the department. DHS' Twitter feed "tweets" out department news releases and events, job postings, and other information about programs and services.

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Gambling is occasional and fun for most adults but negatively affects finances, work and family for several million Americans. To help increase understanding about the risks involved, the DHS Compulsive Gambling Program is sponsoring messages on billboards and in social media during March, which is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month. More information is in a news release about problem gambling awareness activities and resources.

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).

MnCHOICES launched in county lead agencies

MnCHOICES, the new comprehensive assessment and support planning application for people of all ages and disability types needing long-term services and supports, will be in use beginning Nov. 4 in Dakota and Ramsey counties and the White Earth Nation. After the launch, other lead agencies will begin to use MnCHOICES at two- to 10-week intervals in nine launch groups with the goal of MnCHOICES being used statewide in June 2014. More information is in a story about MnCHOICES' launch.

Minnesota's State Innovation Model initiative launches website

DHS and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently launched a new State Innovation Model (SIM) Minnesota website at mn.gov/sim. In February 2013 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation awarded Minnesota a $45 million SIM testing grant to be implemented during a three-year period ending October 2016. The goal is to help Minnesota providers and communities work together to create healthier futures for Minnesotans. Minnesota will use the grant money to test new ways of delivering and paying for health care using the Minnesota Accountable Health Model. Minnesota’s SIM initiative is a joint effort between the departments of Human Services and Health with support from Gov. Mark Dayton’s office.

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.

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