Department of Human Services

Tribal Overpayments Take Center Stage At State Senate Hearing In St. Paul

$25 million was overpaid to the White Earth Nation and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

      ST. PAUL, Minn. — A state senate hearing on turmoil at the Department of Human Services in Minnesota turns to talk of overpayments. $25 million was overpaid to the White Earth Nation and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. The money was paid for substance abuse therapy treatments covered under Medicaid over five years. Sen. Michelle Benson chairs…

Gov. Walz Pushes For Gun Control Hearings And Appoints New DHS Commissioner

Walz says he wants a special session and he supports universal background checks and so-called "red flag" protective orders

Gov. Tim Walz & Jodi HarpsteadST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz says it would be “counterproductive” to call the Minnesota Legislature into special session on gun violence only to watch Senate Republicans adjourn without holding any hearings or moving forward with gun control bills. “And I spent the day out at Game Fair where our most experienced firearms owners…

Gov. Walz says DHS Resignations Are Nothing Controversial

MINNESOTA – Gov. Tim Walz speaks out on the resignations of three top Human Services officials. Two of which rescinded them. The Democrat says there’s no controversy. Deputy Commissioners Chuck Johnson and Claire Wilson announced they were stepping down last week. DHS Commissioner Tony Lourey suddenly resigned Monday. Afterwards, Johnson and Wilson said they were no longer resigning. Walz says…

Child Abuse Cases Increase in Minnesota

Child abuse cases increased 25% from 2015 in Minnesota

Minnesota officials say nearly 40,000 children were suspected of being abused or neglected in the state last year, a 25 percent increase from 2015. The Minnesota Department of Human Services also noted a spike in maltreatment investigations. The report didn’t detail what was behind the increase, but says it was likely due to in part to increased awareness and “a…