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2014 legislative session fact sheets now available online
Fact sheets summarizing highlights of the 2014 legislative session are now available on DHS’ website. A fact sheet providing an overview of changes affecting human services (PDF) is included, along with fact sheets on expanded facilities for early childhood learning (PDF), improved safety at Minnesota Security Hospital (PDF) and the new background study law (PDF).
Infant deaths in child care continue to decrease, report shows
Infant deaths in child care settings fell dramatically in 2013 from the two previous years, according to the recently published 2013 Licensing Division and Background Studies Division Year-end Report (PDF). The report features trends over previous years, a review of 2013 legislation and a look forward. The report notes that a number of factors may be contributing to this reduction in infant child care deaths, including increased public awareness of safe sleep practices, increased consistency in enforcement through the development of forms and tools for licensors, and enhanced provider information regarding standards and training requirements. More information is in a news release about the report.
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).
DHS sees increase in maltreatment reports and investigations
The number of reports of maltreatment in Minnesota licensed programs in fiscal year 2013 increased by 7 percent while the number of substantiated reports rose by 10 percent. These are some of the findings in the Minnesota Department of Human Services FY 13 Maltreatment Report (PDF) to the Legislature. Also noteworthy is that from FY 12 to FY 13, the number of maltreatment investigations the department was able to complete in FY 13 increased 9 percent over the previous reporting period. More information is in a story about the report.
Plan aims to improve opportunities for people with disabilities
A plan that recognizes that Minnesotans with disabilities have the right to live, work and enjoy life in the most integrated setting is available online after being submitted to the court for final approval. The plan charts a course that will change the way state government provides supports and services for people protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The Olmstead Plan (PDF), which is named after a 1999 U.S. Supreme Court decision that enumerated the rights of people with disabilities, is now posted online. After months of discussion at public meetings, testimony from people with disabilities and their families and many others, the Olmstead Sub-Cabinet has issued the draft plan. More information is in a news release about the Olmstead Plan.
Counties, tribes, health care providers and others who order DHS documents now have a new website to order preprinted forms. Customers can now access the order fulfillment website off the eDocs forms and documents repository on DHS' public website.
Self-sufficiency and health care statistics report is online
The Family Self-Sufficiency and Health Care Program Statistics available through July 2014 (PDF) report is available online. The report, compiled by the Reports and Forecasts Division, includes caseload numbers and expenditures for cash, emergency and food assistance programs and health care programs.
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