News from DHS for October 2019

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October 2019

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In this issue:

Event celebrates children adopted from foster care

Join us at the 22nd annual Circus of the Heart Sunday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. New location - MN Zoo

At an event in their honor on Sunday, Nov. 3, families who adopted children from foster care will get to enjoy a day at the zoo that includes music, mascots, games, prizes, face and nail painting, henna art and family photos. The event aims to celebrate the adoptions of 1,268 foster children in 2018 while calling attention to the 905 children waiting for permanent families. “Celebrate Adoption: Circus of the Heart”  will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley. Read more in the department’s news release.

Minnesotans can help shape Assisted Living Report Card

Minnesotans can participate in the development of a state-sponsored Assisted Living Report Card this fall. A public survey is underway, and a statewide livestream event is set for Nov. 4. Read more in the department’s news release.

It’s time for MinnesotaCare members to renew their health care coverage

Minnesotans who rely on MinnesotaCare for affordable health care coverage should complete their annual renewal form by Dec. 15 to ensure coverage into the New Year. Read more in the department’s news release.

Medicare open enrollment brings change

Medicare open enrollment began Tuesday, Oct. 15, and runs through Saturday, Dec. 7. The Minnesota Board on Aging’s Senior LinkAge Line can help Minnesotans on Medicare navigate changes and ensure they have a plan Jan. 1 that meets their needs. Read more in the department’s news release.

Ombudsman recognizes volunteers who advocate for older adults

The Minnesota Office of Ombudsman for Long Term Care  recognized Minnesotans who volunteer to advocate for the rights of residents in long-term care facilities as part of Resident Rights Month in October. Read more in the department’s news release.

In the news

Links to some news articles about DHS during October:

In social media

Quote from Commissioner Harpstead about unacceptability of girls being buried in stress

New data from the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey released today shows more Minnesota students than ever report having long-term mental health, behavioral or emotional problems. In particular, the number of eleventh-grade female students who report these issues has more than doubled from 2013 to 2019. Read the news release from the Minnesota Department of Education.

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DHS in the community

Two people stand near a raised garden adjacent to a school parking lot.

Seeing SNAP-Ed's impact at the Grand Portage Reservation. SNAP-Ed educator Tess Bailey (left) shows Children and Family Services Acting Assistant Commissioner Lisa Bayley the raised garden beds at Oshki Ogimaag Community School that are maintained and cared for by the students with supporting education from SNAP-Ed.

Four women and a man with suitcases

Sharing knowledge with Utah. Minnesota was among the first states to adopt the Collaborative Safety model of reviewing critical incidents, using it to review children’s fatalities and near fatalities in the state’s child protection system. At the invitation of Casey Family Programs, members of the Child Safety and Permanency Division’s Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Team visited Utah this fall to share their knowledge on the Collaborative Safety model, as Utah is planning to implement it as part of its child protection system.

Fact sheets

The following fact sheets about DHS programs were updated in October: