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Provider enrollment starts for new autism benefit
Beginning July 1 the Minnesota Department of Human Services will enroll providers to deliver a new early intensive intervention Medical Assistance benefit for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Families and children will be able to access services later this summer. Under the new benefit, covered services will be designed to improve social interaction, communication and behavioral regulation skills at a critical time in development, promoting fuller participation by children in their family, schools and community life. Families interested in the new benefit should contact their county, tribe or managed care plan. More information is available in a news release and on the DHS website.
'Follow' DHS page on Facebook
The Minnesota Department of Human Services has launched a new departmentwide Facebook page that will feature a variety of content helping to share the DHS mission. DHS invites Facebook users to share constructive ideas, information, opinions and stories. Social media guidelines and links to all official DHS social media accounts can be found in the social media statement.
Commissioner Jesson announces agency goals for 2015
DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson has announced agency goals and action steps for 2015. The goals and action steps with a focus on people, innovation, equity and integrity are contained in the document Framework for the Future: 2015 (PDF), which is available on the DHS website. This direction builds on accomplishments from the past year (PDF).
Minnesota's State Innovation Model initiative launches website
DHS and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently launched a new State Innovation Model (SIM) Minnesota website at mn.gov/sim. In February 2013 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation awarded Minnesota a $45 million SIM testing grant to be implemented during a three-year period ending October 2016. The goal is to help Minnesota providers and communities work together to create healthier futures for Minnesotans. Minnesota will use the grant money to test new ways of delivering and paying for health care using the Minnesota Accountable Health Model. Minnesotaís SIM initiative is a joint effort between the departments of Human Services and Health with support from Gov. Mark Daytonís office.
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