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The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is part of the executive branch of state government, one of 20 executive departments headed by a commissioner appointed by the governor and approved by the state Senate.
Commissioner Lucinda E. Jesson leads one of the state's largest agencies. The department provides health care, economic assistance, child welfare services, services for the elderly and people with disabilities and other services for people who do not have the resources to meet their basic needs.
Gov. Mark Dayton named Jesson commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services Jan. 11, 2011. Before coming to DHS Jesson was a professor at Hamline University School of Law and founder of the nationally recognized Health Law Institute at Hamline University in St. Paul. She also served the state of Minnesota as a deputy attorney general. A news release with more information about the commissioner appointment is available on the Governorís Office website.
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