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DHS sponsoring Recovery Month events in September

Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed September as Recovery Month in Minnesota, in recognition of the annual National Recovery Month, which marks its 25th anniversary this year. During the month DHS, its partners and the nation celebrate people who have reclaimed their lives in recovery from substance abuse and mental health and honor providers who make these recoveries possible. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out.”

DHS is sponsoring a free public showing of the film “The Anonymous People” and panel discussion with actor and vocalist T. Mychael Rambo as moderator Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Landmark Center Weyerhaeuser Auditorium, 75 Fifth St., St. Paul. “The Anonymous People” is a documentary about the more than 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. The film highlights the movement to change public perception of people with substance use disorders and the public response to the addiction crisis.

Displays and information will also be in the lobby of the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar St., St. Paul, during the month.

DHS is a partner in other Recovery Month events sponsored by the Minnesota Recovery Connection, which include the Walk for Recovery, which starts with registration at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis.

More information is available at

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. The final meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, 350 Harbor Drive, in the St. Louis River Room.

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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