News from DHS for December 2019

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December 2019

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In this issue:

Task force recommends changes to child support guidelines

To better meet children’s basic needs, the Child Support Task Force has issued its final report to the Minnesota Legislature, laying out recommendations for updating the state’s child support guidelines, something that hasn’t been done in more than a decade. Their recommendations can be found in the report, 2019 Minnesota Child Support Task Force: Activities and Recommendations (PDF). Read more in the department’s news release.

DHS in the community

DHS Commissioner Jodi Harpstead presented two Circle of Excellence awards in December. These awards recognize organizations that have partnered with DHS and done an exemplary job of providing food, shelter and other assistance to Minnesotans in need. Read more about the awards and the other winners in the department’s news release.

Commissioner Harpstead with two men accepting the award

Commissioner Harpstead presented a Circle of Excellence Award to Chuck Peterson (left), executive director of Clare Housing, and Board President John Estrem (right) on Dec. 6
at Clare Housing in Minneapolis. Clare Housing provides supportive housing to some of the community’s most marginalized individuals – primarily people of color, living in poverty and struggling not only with HIV, but also mental illness, chemical dependency and criminal backgrounds.

Open Door Executive Director Jason Viana, DHS Commissioner Jodi Harpstead and Dakota County Commissioner Mike Slavik

Commissioner Harpstead (center) presented a Circle of Excellence award on Friday, Dec. 20, to Open Door Pantry Executive Director Joe Ivana (left) and Dakota County Commissioner Mike Slavik (right). The Open Door Pantry and Dakota County Human Services were recognized for partnering to provide emergency food support to individuals and families in immediate need, distributing emergency food bags and fresh produce during the summer to clients at the county’s Northern Service Center.

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In the news

Links to some news articles about DHS during December:

In social media

Two mean pushing another man seated in a cart

Dec. 5 Facebook post: DHS staff got a chance to test out trishaws - electric-assisted bikes with seats for two passengers - with help from Cycling Without Age Minnesota. Nursing homes, assisted living and other care facilities across Minnesota are starting to use trishaws to help older adults and other people with limited mobility feel the joy of riding a bike while combating loneliness through a social outing outdoors.

Assistant Commissioner for Continuing Care for Older Adults Dan Pollock (left) got a quick driving lesson before taking employee Gary Johnson (seated) for a spin!

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