Dayton Names Thissen Among State Supreme Court Finalists Former gubernatorial candidate and Democratic state Rep. Paul Thissen was named as one of four finalists for a Minnesota Supreme Court vacancy on Wednesday, raising the specter of Gov. Mark Dayton naming another partisan figure to the state's highest court.
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.
Dayton Makes Court Of Appeals Picks: Jesson, SmithGov. Mark Dayton named his human services commissioner to a spot on the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Friday, leaving a vacancy at the top of the state's largest agency. Commissioner Lucinda Jesson was named to one of two vacancies on the Court of Appeals, joining the bench with Tracy Smith, deputy general counsel at the University of Minnesota.
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.
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.
MN Sen. Says He'll Resign From Community Action BoardA Minnesota senator said that he intends to resign from the Community Action Board after an audit revealed hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money was used for things like tropical vacations. State Sen. Jeff Hayden also called on CEO Bill Davis to do the same.
DHS Wants Mpls. Community Action Group To Pay Back $600KMany towns have community action groups, which are non-profits that get funding to help people find work and keep warm in the winter. But is being questioned after an audit found hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money was used for things like tropical vacations.
In Wake Of Boy's Abuse Death, Changes Come To Child Protection After a 4-year-old Pope County boy died last February as a result of child abuse, the state is taking a closer look at the child protection system.