News from DHS for August 2018

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News from DHS

August 2018

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In this issue:

New community mental health services receive more than $2 million in funding

A new behavioral health care center, emergency department case management, and transition services to community programs are just some of the innovative services that will be available soon in Minnesota as a result of the Mental Health Innovation Grant Program. The Minnesota Department of Human Services has awarded six grants to counties, tribes and non-profits, all focused on helping people with mental illness receive effective services in their community. The innovation grants, each very different, share in common the goal of getting people the right care in a way that works for each individual. Learn more and see a list of grantees in a news release.

Lawsuit restores $85 million in federal health care funding for MinnesotaCare

Minnesota will receive an estimated $85 million in additional funding for MinnesotaCare in 2018 as a result of a lawsuit filed against the federal government. MinnesotaCare, Minnesota’s basic health program, was expanded under the Affordable Care Act to provide insurance to people whose incomes are just above requirements for Medicaid eligibility. Read more in a news release.

Grants fund new efforts to support people with disabilities

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has awarded $2.6 million to community organizations for efforts supporting the goals of competitive jobs, stable housing and community involvement for people with disabilities. The grants will help lead to better choices and outcomes for people with disabilities. Over the next two years, the grants will fund innovative ideas such as providing mentors for young people with disabilities interning at businesses, helping with rent deposits, moving costs and apartment set-up and supporting those with disabilities in the competitive workforce. Read more about the grants in a news release.

Commissioner honors human services leaders

Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper is recognizing the work of programs throughout the state for their contributions to human services and their communities. The Commissioner's Circle of Excellence Awards recognize excellence among human services providers, counties, tribes, advocacy groups and other organizations that work in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to help people meet their basic needs so they can live in dignity and achieve their highest potential. A list of this year’s winners and more information is in a news release.

Mental health, disability, Medicare and other services focus of help at this year’s State Fair

The Minnesota Board on Aging and the Minnesota Department of Human Services will be at the Minnesota State Fair this year with helpful information on a wide range of topics, including mental health, services for people with disabilities, planning for long-term care and choosing Medicare plans for 2019. More details are available in a news release.

Cultural consultants help providers reach out to diverse communities

Cultural Consultants is a service supported by the Minnesota Board on Aging that provides cultural expertise and professional services to providers across Minnesota. Given the rising number of baby boomers, the consultants have been specially trained in recognizing and understanding signs of memory loss as well as offering resources to support family, friends and neighbors who are caregiving. More information is on the DHS website.

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DHS in the community

Interact visit

Commissioner Emily Piper chats with artists Chris M. and Loni Joy W. during a visit to the Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts on Aug. 2 to highlight $2.6 million in innovation grants awarded to seven community organizations for their work to improve choices and outcomes for people with disabilities.

State Fair

DHS had a booth at the first-ever Mental Health Awareness Day at the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 27.


DHS Commissioner Emily Piper joined Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Jessica Looman at the Minnesota Elder Justice Center on Aug. 1 to announce the effective date of the Safe Seniors Financial Protection Act, which gives financial professionals more tools to prevent the financial exploitation and abuse of older and vulnerable adults.

In the news

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Fact sheets updated during August

Fact sheets about DHS programs were updated during August: