News from DHS for February 2019

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News from DHS

February 2019

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In this issue:

DHS funding nursing home improvement projects

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is funding $6.5 million in new incentive payments over two years for new efforts that improve the quality of life and care for residents of nursing homes in communities across Minnesota. Read more about the Performance-based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP) grants to 74 nursing homes throughout the state in a news release.

State officials hold town hall meeting to discuss new health care initiatives

Governor Tim Walz’s ONECare MN proposal, which will create broader access to health care coverage and increase funding for additional mental health resources for rural Minnesota, was the focus of a meeting in Cloquet on Feb. 20. DHS Commissioner Tony Lourey and Department of Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen were joined at the meeting by representatives from the Minnesota Farmers Union and residents of Carlton County and surrounding areas. More information about the meeting is available in a news release.

Human Services budget proposals announced

Governor Tim Walz announced his budget for the 2020-2021 biennium on Feb. 19. The Budget for One Minnesota prioritizes education, health care and community prosperity, including key investments for human services. Fact sheets for the 2019 legislative session are available online.

March SNAP benefit update

The partial federal government shutdown has ended. Because we issued February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits early, we are issuing most March SNAP benefits on March 4-6 to minimize the time recipients have to wait between their February and March benefits. For more information, see the department’s Frequently Asked Questions document about the shutdown’s impact on benefits. 

Fact sheets recently updated

Fact sheets about DHS programs recently updated:

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DHS in the community

DHS Commissioner Lourey and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan pose with health care roundtable participants

DHS Commissioner Tony Lourey and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan on Feb. 22 held a roundtable discussion to hear from health care providers, small business owners and other Minnesotans about real challenges to health care access in our state.

still frame from 2019 National Parent Leadership Month video of Assistant Commissioner Nikki Farago

February 2019 is National Parent Leadership Month. DHS and Nikki Farago, the department's Assistant Commissioner for Children and Family Services, created a video to thank all of Minnesota's parent leaders who are working to promote child well-being in their families and communities.

DHS Commissioner Lourey and two members of LeadingAge Minnesota pose with 2019 Public Official of the Year Award

DHS Commissioner Tony Lourey met with LeadingAge Minnesota on Feb. 5 to talk about safety for older adults and maltreatment prevention. He noted the need to embrace equity to meet the increasingly diverse needs of Minnesota's older adults, recognize care providing as an honored profession, and increase awareness of the signs of physical, emotional and financial maltreatment.

In the news

Links to some news articles about DHS during February: