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.
Federal Judge Rules Sex Offender Program UnconstitutionalA federal judge ruled Wednesday that Minnesota's sex offender treatment program is unconstitutional, saying it violates the "fundamental rights" of more than 700 people locked up indefinitely after completing their prison sentences.
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.
Child Protection Task Force Recommends More Than 90 ChangesA task force charged with finding ways to protect Minnesota's children has come up with more than 90 recommendations.
Official: Funding Limits Big Changes In Sex Offender ProgramLimited funding has kept state officials from making broad changes to Minnesota's sex offender treatment program, the state's human services commissioner testified Friday in a federal lawsuit over the program's constitutionality.
State Considers Change Of Child Protection SystemA Minnesota task force is pushing for changes in the way the state handles child abuse cases.
Recommendations Issued For Sex Offender ProgramExperts reviewing Minnesota's civil commitment program for sex offenders are recommending that staff begin creating plans to discharge clients when they are first admitted to the program, and that residents be periodically evaluated to ensure they meet criteria for confinement. The recommendations are among dozens issued Tuesday by experts who have spent months evaluating residents, treatment standards and polices at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.
Audit Faults Minnesota Public Health Care ProgramsMinnesota's legislative auditor says the state Department of Human Services has failed to adequately verify the eligibility of people who enroll in public health care programs through the state's health insurance exchange MNsure.

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