News from DHS for April 2018

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April 2018

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New state guidelines, grants to combat opioid abuse announced

Governor Mark Dayton released new state guidelines on April 26 designed to cut the risk of opioid addiction. The new guidelines, released last December in draft form, were developed by a work group made up of health care providers and community partners, and will help doctors and other health care providers decide when to prescribe these powerful pain killers, how much to prescribe, and how to monitor their use. Governor Dayton also announced $700,000 in new opioid prevention grants, which will fund local teams in eight Greater Minnesota communities to reduce opioid abuse before it begins. Read more in a news release from the Governor’s Office.

Continued investment in community efforts critical to ending the opioid crisis

Treatment providers, people who have been personally affected by opioids, and community leaders met with Acting Commissioner Chuck Johnson of the Minnesota Department of Human Services on April 13 to discuss the community’s response to the opioid epidemic and learn more about state proposals to help continue these efforts. More information is available in a news release.

Leaders highlight $63.4 million in public works projects to improve care for Minnesotans

Human Services Acting Commissioner Chuck Johnson and Department of Administration Commissioner Matt Massman visited the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center on April 6 to highlight the importance of improving and maintaining aging care and treatment facilities for people with mental illness, disabilities and chemical dependency. Governor Mark Dayton’s 2018 public works bill includes $63.4 million for improvements at treatment facilities operated by the Department of Human Services. More information is in a news release.

Suicide prevention text services expand statewide

Minnesotans across the state can now access suicide prevention and mental health crisis texting services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As of April 1, people who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a trained counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources. The service helps people contemplating suicide and facing mental health issues. Read more about the service in a news release.

Live Well at Home grants expand older adult services

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is awarding more than $7.5 million in grants to programs throughout the state that will help older adults with needs ranging from transportation and grocery delivery to caregiver support, home improvements and much more. Live Well at Home grants help older Minnesotans remain in their homes rather than move to nursing homes or other more expensive settings. The latest grant funds are going to 53 organizations, benefiting Minnesotans statewide. A list of recipients and more information is available in a news release.

Building strong families helps prevent child abuse

During Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month, the Minnesota Department of Human Services encourages all Minnesotans to support efforts that build community and strengthen children and families. State and local officials are focusing more than ever on efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect. Still, community members — teachers, neighbors, friends — are often the first line of defense against child maltreatment. Read more in a news release.

Exhibits provide past and present-day look at mental illness

Two upcoming exhibits provide a look back at 150 years of care and treatment at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter and offer a glimpse into the creative and artistic minds of women and men who are currently patients at the facility. Read more about State of Mind | A History of Minnesota’s First State Hospital and Changing Minds II: Work by Patients at the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center in a news release.

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DHS in the community

Opioids roundtable

Sen. Chris Eaton, DHS Acting Commissioner Chuck Johnson, Dr. Kari Rabie of the Native American Community Clinic and Ivy Peterson East of Perspectives, Inc - Empowering Mothers Rebuilding Families participated in an April 13 roundtable discussion about the opioid epidemic.

Deaf Awareness Day event

DHS staff joined dozens of other vendors in providing information and resources to more than 2,000 people attending the annual Deaf Awareness Day fair on April 21 at White Bear Lake High School. Pictured are: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division Director Dan Millikin, DHHS employees Liz Brown and Beth Brostom.

In the news

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Fact sheets updated during April

Fact sheets about DHS programs were updated during April: