DHS: Minnesota Foster Care Population Up 33 PercentThe number of U.S. children in foster care is climbing after a sustained decline, but just five states account for nearly two-thirds of the recent increase.
DHS: Renewal Period Extended For MN-Sponsored Health InsuranceThe Minnesota Department of Human Services says the renewal period for people on public health insurance will be extended for those who had their cases closed. The state said early Thursday that about 64,000 people were going to be dropped from public health insurance in Minnesota
New DHS Head Calls For Changes At State Psychiatric HospitalThe new head of Minnesota's Department of Human Services is calling for changes at the state psychiatric hospital. Human Services Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper said Wednesday that the department will take action to address patient and staff safety concerns at the Anoka hospital.
Minnesota's Request For Real ID Extension Denied By FedsFederal officials have denied Gov. Mark Dayton's request for more time to comply with stronger driver's license standards to board planes. Minnesota hasn't upgraded its licenses to meet the requirements of the Real ID Act.
Dayton Taps Senior Staff Member To Be Human Services ChiefGov. Mark Dayton named the top attorney in his office Monday to take over the state agency that manages care for the poor and disabled as well as runs the state's embattled sex offender program.
New State Funds Aim To Help Seniors Live IndependentlyHealth programs that help Minnesota seniors stay in their homes are getting a financial boost from the state. Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson on Friday announced more than $7 million in Live Well at Home grants. The funds were provided by the Legislature this year.
DHS Sees Oversight Changes Following Audit On Court MonitorA 6-month audit of a federal court monitor who charged the state more than a million dollars in expenses is complete.
State Restores Health Care Contracts After County AppealsOne Minnesota insurer that sued the state after losing most of its public program contracts is getting them all back. Another company in a similar situation isn't so lucky.
50-Bed Child Psychiatric Hospital Opens In Brooklyn ParkA 50-bed child psychiatric hospital has opened in the Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Park, replacing a 20-bed facility opened four years earlier in Maple Grove.
Top Minnesota Officials Sort Out Sex Offender Program's FateMinnesota is under federal court pressure to rework its program that locks up sex offenders even after they serve out prison terms, a system the state's political leaders have vigorously defended.
Child’s Death Shines Light On Stressed Protection Services The death of a 2-year-old girl that police say happened at the hands of a teenager has again put the spotlight on the system that was supposed to protect her.
WCCO Investigates DHS Court Monitor's $1M Bill To Minn. TaxpayersFederal Judge Donovan Frank appointed Court Monitor David Ferleger to make sure Minnesota follows orders to fix serious abuses of disabled patients. And he acts as a court-appointed consultant, making sure the state keeps a promise to reform Minnesota's sex offender treatment program.