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Registration open for Minnesota Child Welfare Conference in November

Join your colleagues from across the state in honoring and highlighting excellence in the child welfare field at the second annual 2018 Minnesota Child Welfare Conference, hosted by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Safety and Permanency Division and sponsored by Casey Family Programs. This year’s theme is “Advancing Excellence in Child Welfare: Striving for Permanency and Safety for Older Youth.” The conference will focus on sharing child welfare best practices with workshops specifically for advanced and supervisory child welfare staff. Check out the conference schedule and register online by Nov. 1.

Training available for MMIS users who work with aging, disability waivers

DHS has posted training modules for lead agency staff who use the Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) to view or enter data in the Long-Term Care (LTC) Screening Document (DHS-3427) and the Service Agreement (DHS-3070). The training will benefit staff who support people 65 and older who receive services through aging and disability waivers. Find training on TrainLink under the Older Adult Programs Learning Center. See the MMIS online training on the Aging: training and conferences webpage for a list of the sessions and how to navigate in the learning center.

Enterprise Appeals Solution rollout schedule announced

The Enterprise Appeals Solution (EAS) project is creating a new system to improve the way administrative appeals are tracked and processed at DHS. The EAS rollout schedule has been announced.

• Phase 1 (Oct. 22, 2018, to Nov. 30, 2018) – Verify all functions of the EAS. This initial phase will include a limited number of MNsure appeals. A select group of DHS Appeals Division and MNsure appeals staff will participate in Phase 1.• Phase 2 (Dec. 1, 2018, to Jan. 31, 2019) – Expand the EAS usage to additional appeal types and users. Phase 2 will expand the type and number of appeals included in the EAS and extend access to the entire Appeals Division staff. Phase 2 will also expand the agency respondents using the EAS to the rest of MNsure’s appeals staff, DHS staff that work on health care eligibility appeals, and select staff from Hennepin County and Greater Minnesota counties.• Phase 3 (Beginning Feb. 1, 2019) – Full rollout of the EAS. Phase 3 will expand access and use of the EAS to all remaining agency users (counties, tribes, managed care organizations, etc.).

If you have additional questions about the effort, contact dhs.appealsupport@state.mn.us

Legislative summary available online

Elder abuse prevention, the opioid crisis and affordable health care were key human services issues before the Legislature during the 2018 session. The session ended with vetoes of the omnibus spending and tax bills, leaving only the pension bill and a number of policy nonbudget bills signed into law. DHS did not advance a policy bill and had a comparatively small budget request. A summary of 2018 changes affecting human services (PDF) is now available on the DHS website. More legislative information is available on the website.

Training on mental health challenges of adopted children available

Minnesota county, tribal and private mental health practitioners are invited to participate in a new web-based training initiative on the unique mental health challenges of children adopted from foster care. Pilot testing of the National Adoption Mental Health Training Initiative begins in March. The course is intended to equip mental health practitioners with tools to better assess and help adoptive families. Minnesota is one of nine pilot sites for the training. Those interested can sign up for more information about the training on the Center for Adoption Support and Education website.

County Human Service Cost Report is available online

The annual Minnesota County Human Service Cost Report for Calendar Year 2016 (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.

New video details options for mothers, fathers for establishing parentage

Many parents don’t know their options or understand the benefits of determining parentage when their child is born. The Minnesota Department of Human Services created a new video, “Establishing Parentage — What Every Mother and Father Should Know,” to help new, unmarried parents decide how they want to establish parentage and understand the benefits. The video focuses on two ways to establish parents, signing the Recognition of Parentage form or genetic testing. The video also covers related subjects, such as child support, custody and parenting time. DHS translated the eight-minute video into four languages. More information is available on the recognition of parentage page.

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.

'Follow' DHS page on Facebook

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has a 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.

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