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.
Commissioner's Circle of Excellence Awards seeking nominations
Nominations are being accepted for the annual Commissioner's Circle of Excellence Awards, which recognize excellence among human services providers, counties, tribes, advocacy groups and other organizations that work in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to help people meet their basic needs so they can live in dignity and achieve their highest potential. Nominations are being accepted through 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. For more information, and to access the nomination form, visit the Commissioner’s Award page.
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.
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.
2014-2015 county, tribal service agreements summary available online
Information for the biennial service agreements completed by counties and tribes was gathered via an electronic form for the first time in 2013. The agreements are required for counties and tribal nations to receive consolidated funds for the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). A summary of responses is available online. Electronic forms for the 2016 to 2017 biennium will be available in July 2015 and are due in October 2015.
'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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