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Community, experts to offer input on housing, supportive services
DHS is seeking input from Minnesotans with disabilities, chemical dependency, mental illness, and from older adults, community agency staff and county partners on how Group Residential Housing and Minnesota Supplemental Aid reform efforts are meeting the goals of the Olmstead Plan and the Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness (PDF). The department is aiming to increase housing options, expand opportunities for those receiving and not yet receiving services in both congregate and noncongregate housing, and simplify program requirements for clients by holding eight community conversations across the state. To RSVP to the remaining sessions, email your name, location of attendance and chosen time to for:
• Aug. 6: Dakota County Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road, West St. Paul, 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m.
• Aug. 13: Duluth Police Department training room, 2030 N. Arlington Ave., Duluth, 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m.
• Aug. 21: Fargo Library, 102 Third St. N., Fargo, N.D., 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m.
• Aug. 27: Northwest Minnesota Foundation, 4225 Technology Drive, Bemidji, 9:30 a.m. to noon.

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.

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.

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 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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