Fact sheets summarizing highlights of the 2015 legislative session are now available on the fact sheets page. A fact sheet providing an overview of human services legislation (PDF) is included, along with fact sheets on fighting the spread of opioids (PDF), keeping health care accessible and affordable (PDF), promoting innovation in long-term care purchasing and financing (PDF), protecting taxpayers from fraud in public programs (PDF), strengthening Minnesota’s mental health system (PDF), and providing children with a safe place to learn and grow (PDF).
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.
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.
The annual Minnesota County Human Service Cost Report for Calendar Year 2013 (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.
An updated County Records Retention Schedule (PDF) recently was posted on CountyLink. Only item 13 on the schedule was updated to meet new federal records retention requirements related to the Affordable Care Act. DHS worked with county partners to update the County Human Services General Records Retention Schedule to align public assistance document retention with the new federal requirements as well as clarify document management and retention practices for counties. More information is in a bulletin about the new schedule (PDF). Child Support records are not a public assistance “related program” for the new requirement, see Item 18 on the schedule for retention guidelines for Child Support records.
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.
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.
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