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Report has info about maltreatment of vulnerable adults, minors
The DHS Office of Inspector General has released a report to the Minnesota Legislature (PDF) about reports and investigations of alleged maltreatment of both vulnerable adults and minors in programs licensed by the department in fiscal years 2011 and 2012. The report also details trends that affect the safety of vulnerable adults.
Report recommends changes to substance abuse treatment system
Changing Minnesota’s substance use disorders treatment system from an acute, episodic model of treatment to a chronic disease model of health care would expand the continuum of care and improve integration with other services, including primary care. This change would also align the state’s model of care for substance abuse treatment with current research-informed practices endorsed by federal officials. Those are among key findings in a recent report to the Legislature from DHS. More information is in a story about the model of care report.
Infant deaths in child care down, more work needed
Action taken by DHS, providers, and local partners to address a dramatic increase in the deaths of infants in child care has helped to stall the alarming trend, according to the 2012 annual report on licensing activities by the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) (PDF). Infant deaths occurring in child care settings was one of four “emergent issues” identified in the report released April 3. More information is in a news release about the report.
Recommendations inform child safety legislative proposals
Proposals to change child care licensing (PDF) to prevent deaths in child care settings are being considered by legislators this session. The governor's proposals are aimed at improving safe sleep practices, improving and subsidizing training for providers, and improving the quality and consistency of licensing oversight. The proposals came in part from a report, Review of Child Deaths in Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Homes (PDF), which noted an increase in deaths in licensed family child care homes since 2006. Feedback on recommendations to improve child safety was provided by child care providers, parents and others in meetings held in November and December 2012 and is summarized in an online report, Themes from Stakeholders about Recommendations in Child Deaths in Licensed Family Child Care Homes (PDF).
Nursing Home Report Card revamped for easier use
A more user-friendly Nursing Home Report Card with more detailed information (including daily payment rates) on Minnesota nursing facilities has been introduced by DHS and the Minnesota Department of Health. The Nursing Home Report Card, at nhreportcard.dhs.mn.gov, helps consumers compare the quality of care in nursing homes across the state. More information is in a news release about the report card.
2011 County Human Service Cost Report is available online
The annual Minnesota County Human Service Cost Report for Calendar Year 2011 (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. The report combines county fiscal activity, DHS centralized activity for counties, federal and state payments; and computation of the county funded share — it is the big picture of Minnesota’s county-administered, state supervised human services system. Narrative descriptions and notes, a graphic overview, trend data and per-capita comparative data are included.
Counties, tribes, health care providers and others who order DHS documents now have a new website to order preprinted forms. Customers can now access the order fulfillment website off the eDocs forms and documents repository on DHS' public website.
Self-sufficiency and health care statistics report is online
The Family Self-Sufficiency and Health Care Program Statistics available through March 2013 (PDF) report is available online. The report, compiled by the Reports and Forecasts Division, includes caseload numbers and expenditures for cash, emergency and food assistance programs and health care programs.
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