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Calendar of events
Mental health stakeholders invited to discuss initiatives
DHS is convening a series of meetings for stakeholders around Minnesota to discuss ideas for improving mental health services in their areas. Feedback from these meetings will help the department in developing initiatives for the 2015 session of the Minnesota Legislature.
DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson will participate in meetings scheduled so far at the following locations:
State Fair booth to highlight Senior LinkAge Line's 20th anniversary
DHS is involved in several efforts at this year’s Minnesota State Fair, which begins Thursday, Aug. 21, and runs through Monday, Sept. 1. The Minnesota Board on Aging promotes the Senior LinkAge Line® and www.MinnesotaHelp.info® and DHS services and initiatives at its booth in the southeast corner of the Education Building, 1372 Cosgrove St., St. Paul This year the booth will highlight the 20th anniversary of the Senior LinkAge Line®.
Multiple groups will be volunteering at the Minnesota Board on Aging booth this year. Those groups include Area Agency on Aging staff/volunteers, Minnesota Board on Aging Board members, Volunteer Networks-Senior Companion and RSVP and Own Your Future advisory panel members. A variety of information materials about Senior LinkAge Line, Minnesotahelp.info and resources for caregivers will be provided. Additional handouts will be provided by the Office of Economic Opportunity and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division.
Materials, surveys and information for the Own Your Future campaign and DHS information on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also will also be at the booth. Own Your Future is an initiative launched in 2012 by the Dayton-Prettner Solon administration assisted by Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. Its purpose is to urge Minnesotans to plan for the care they will need as they grow older and to plan to pay for that care. Fairgoers will be asked to complete a survey on what planning they have done so far and how they plan to pay for their retirement and future needs.
Statewide information sessions on background studies law underway
DHS will host a series of information sessions throughout Minnesota that will provide detailed information on the background studies law passed in 2014 (PDF). The new law requires the department to collect fingerprints and a photograph of the background study subject. The law also requires implementation of new software that supports multiple changes designed to improve the accuracy and completeness of background studies. The information sessions will take place in eight locations; no registration is required. Stakeholders who are affiliated with DHS licensed programs are encouraged to attend a session to learn more about the new background studies requirements.
Deaf and hard of hearing events
The Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division sponsors a variety of training sessions and other activities for people who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing or a caregiver. More information about the training is online.
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