News from DHS for July 2018

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News from DHS

July 2018

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Construction work underway at Minnesota Security Hospital

Minnesota Security Hospital

Demolition and construction are well underway for the $70.2 million Phase II expansion and renovation of the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. The project includes major remodeling of 100,000 square feet of existing space and new construction of another 87,000 square feet. Four living units are being remodeled; four split-level wings have been razed and will reconstructed into single-story spaces; and new acute care and transition housing will be added. The facilities will provide a safer and more therapeutic treatment environment for patients and staff. The work will be completed in fall of 2020. The first phase of construction, a $56.3 million project, was completed in January 2017. See video of the work on the DHS YouTube channel.

New Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility to serve children with complex mental health conditions

A new Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility in Duluth is bringing a higher level of mental health care for children to Minnesota. The Northwood Children’s Services Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility is designed to meet the needs of children requiring inpatient psychiatric care. In the past, children requiring these intensive services have had to travel to other states for care. Now, Minnesota families will have more services available closer to home for children most in need. More information about this facility is available in a news release.

Website connects caregivers with people who need services

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is encouraging people who provide direct support to people with disabilities and older adults, or are interested in exploring these careers, to register on a new online job board and hiring resource. Direct Support Connect is a free, safe and secure service provided by the Minnesota Department of Human Services that responds to the high demand for direct support workers in Minnesota.  It is designed to help people who need services find a worker who is a good match for them. More information about the website is available in a news release.

New child support law reflects parenting expenses more accurately

A new law taking effect this week could help thousands of families who have a child support order that includes parenting time. The law aims to reduce conflicts between parents over parenting time, acknowledge the higher expenses for parents who spend more time with their children, and recognize that children need the “basics” in both of their homes. Read more about the new law in a news release.

Event helps youth in foster care build leadership skills

Youth in foster care got the opportunity to build their leadership skills, learn to become more engaged citizens and share their past experiences at the 23rd-annual Tomorrow’s Leaders Today conference, hosted this month by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Youth and adults who work with them took part in activities such as leadership workshops, creating art and performing at the conference at the University of Minnesota Duluth, July 25-27. More about the conference is in a news release.

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DHS in the community

PRTF opening

DHS Commissioner Emily Piper speaks at the opening of Northwood Children’s Services Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility in Duluth on July 20. The facility is designed to meet the needs of children with complex mental health conditions who require inpatient psychiatric care.

In the news

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Fact sheets updated during July

Fact sheets about DHS programs were updated during July: