News from DHS for February 2022

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In this issue:

Human services benefits in Governor’s Budget to Move Minnesota Forward

Walz-Flanagan Budget to Move Minnesota Forward

Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan's Budget to Move Minnesota Forward includes significant investments in human services. The following fact sheets summarize key proposals.

New online tool to find naloxone

Naloxone map on Know the Dangers site

Naloxone, often referred to by its brand name NARCAN®, can reverse the effects of an otherwise fatal opioid overdose.

If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid use, you should always have naloxone on-hand. In case of an accidental overdose, you can help prevent a tragedy.

Find your nearest provider today using a new interactive map:

In social media

Dan Pollock Hop Scott ride-a-long

Posted Feb. 24 on the DHS Facebook page

This Hop Scott team had an extra pair of hands delivering meals to older Minnesotans in Scott County last night.

Our Assistant Commissioner Dan Pollock (left in pic) says this volunteer-driven, home-delivered meals (food shelf) program is just one example of how a small grant used to fund a multi-use van can decrease service gaps and help #elders stay in their homes longer.

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DHS names new director of Community Relations

Helen Ghebre

Longtime DHS employee Helen Ghebre has been named agencywide director of Community Relations, effective March 9.

Ghebre has spent the past 15 years working in the Community Supports Administration, most recently leading the Community Capacity Building Team in the Behavioral Health Division (BHD).

In this role, she engages with multiple stakeholder groups, including county and tribal partners, advocacy organizations, advisory councils, and community organizations, to ensure funding opportunities are responsive to communities disproportionally impacted by behavioral health issues.

“Helen is passionate about creating community led partnerships and collaborations that reflect the values and strengths of communities that have historically been underserved and underrepresented across human services,” Deputy Commissioner Nikki Farago said.

“Her skills in coalition building and effective community engagement, combined with the ability to communicate authentically with various audiences, will be an asset for Community Relations.”

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In the news

Report aims to close gap in health disparities for U.S.-born Blacks Minnesotans: U.S.-born Black Minnesotans experience notable health disparities, even compared with those who immigrated to the U.S. Medicaid Medical Director Dr. Nathan Chomilo outlines the underlying issues and shares the calls to action in a new report aiming to address gaps and build racial equity into the state's Medicaid program. Read his article published in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.

Code for America Is Making Public Benefits More Accessible: Applying for public assistance is difficult in most states, but Minnesota’s online application was particularly complicated until MNbenefits went live for all applicants in Minnesota. Deputy Commissioner Chuck Johnson told the partnership between DHS and Code for America to develop MNbenefits was an instance of vision meeting opportunity.

DHS fact sheets updated

Adult mental health: Strengthening recovery-oriented and community-based services (PDF)

Children's mental health: Transforming services and supports to better meet children's needs (PDF)

Child support in Minnesota: Facts and figures (PDF) and PRISM - child support enforcement and collection (PDF)

Preventing and reducing substance misuse and substance use disorder in Minnesota (PDF)

Homelessness in Minnesota: helping to connect people to the services they need (PDF)

Long Term Homeless Supportive Services Fund (PDF)