What’s new for: Partners and Providers

Commissioner's Circle of Excellence Awards seeking nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the annual Commissioner's Circle of Excellence Awards, which recognize excellence among human services providers, counties, tribes, advocacy groups and other organizations that work in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to help people meet their basic needs so they can live in dignity and achieve their highest potential. Nominations are being accepted through 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. For more information, and to access the nomination form, visit the Commissioner’s Award page.

2016 legislative session fact sheets available online

Fact sheets summarizing human services proposals for the 2016 legislative session are now available on the DHS website. The fact sheets highlight proposals in both the capital budget and supplemental budgets. Gov. Mark Dayton’s supplemental budget recommendations for human services (PDF) are online. Legislative reports and background information also can be found on the legislative information page.

2014 County Human Service Cost Report is available online

The annual Minnesota County Human Service Cost Report for Calendar Year 2014 (PDF) is available on DHS’ public website. The report, compiled by the Financial Operations Division, contains statewide and county-specific costs and revenue shares for economic support, health and social service programs.

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.

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