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Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council to meet Nov. 15
DHS' Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council will hold its inaugural meeting Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Wilder Foundation in Room 2150. The Wilder Foundation is located at 451 Lexington Parkway N., St. Paul.
The Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 2013, and will advise the Human Services commissioner on reducing disparities that affect racial and ethnic groups in human services programs and ensure that departmental policies and procedures are aligned to promote the best possible outcomes for all Minnesotans.
The agenda for the Nov. 15 meeting has been posted on the Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council page on the DHS website. The agenda includes time for public comment.
A recent DHS news release announced the 33 council members.
Contact Antonia Wilcoxon at 651-230-2573 for more information.
Civil commitment stakeholder group schedules meetings at DHS
In response to 2013 legislation, DHS has convened a stakeholder group, with input from the State Court Administratorís Office, to review mentally ill and dangerous civil commitments. The stakeholder group will also be responsible for the development of recommendations, which will be submitted to the Legislature prior to Jan. 15, 2014.
The stakeholder group includes representatives from DHS, county human services, county attorneys, commitment defense attorneys, the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Minnesota Disability Law Center and consumers and advocates.
The stakeholder group first met Sept. 30 and Oct. 14 and will continue to meet 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 28, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and 16 and Jan. 6, 2014, and every other Monday thereafter at DHS offices, 444 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, Room 5139. If you have questions, are interested in participating, or are aware of consumers who are interested in participating, contact Faye Bernstein at email@example.com or 651-431-2230.
Deaf and hard of hearing events
The Minnesota Department of Human Servicesí 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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