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Colleen Carol Timbers, a feisty champion who empowered thousands of Minnesotans with disabilities to take charge of their lives, died in August at her sister’s…
Lawsuit had challenged constitutionality of sex offender confinement.
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Facility still faces allegations that it hid incident from family members.
Investigation finds new instances of abuse at East Grand Forks facility that already lost executive director over similar case
The state Health Department has agreed to provide money to keep Crisis Connection open until late September.
Friends and relatives remember Langworthy as an eccentric polymath who became so immersed in the rural societies he studied.
Crisis Connection service helped 20,000 callers a year, but suffered chronic financial losses.
The share of Anoka-Metro's population coming from jails has nearly tripled since 2013, according to state data released last week.
Another worker, who is not identified, recorded portions of the abuse and shared the recordings with Lino Lakes police.
Michelle Heizelman was diagnosed with a rare and sometimes debilitating condition known as "nightmare disorder," defined by frequent, extremely vivid dreams that usually involve threats to one's survival. Then, after 40 years, came a miracle.
Goal is to help young patients rally more quickly after traumatic "breaks."
In a civil rights action, attorneys for a national child advocacy group allege that the state and Hennepin County have failed to meet their legal obligations to provide secure homes.
Mental health services company is accused of overbilling for client care.
Crisis center will be a place for patients to gain strength before re-entering society.
Resident of a Bemidji nursing home wanted to document poor care.
Lawsuit claims Minnesota's sex offender program violates the Constitution.
Rare forfeiture move follows evidence of a suspicious wire transfer.
The decision, in the case of a man burned over 35 percent of his body, will likely prevent facilities from insulating themselves from often-costly lawsuits.
Marietta E. Spencer, a former executive at Children’s Home Society of Minnesota, was a pioneering social worker whose research and work with families helped to…
Expert witness appears on fourth day of Thomas Duvall's discharge hearing.
In tearful testimony, Thomas Duvall describes his violent past and pleaded to be released.
Some say Thomas Duvall did "benefit from treatment"; state is expected to disagree.
A panel is hearing testimony this week on whether Thomas Duvall, 61, is still a danger.
They rose 25 percent last year for the second straight year of sharp increases. State officials are pushing reforms aimed at preventing child abuse.
Legal experts say the decision is among the first of its kind in Minnesota and could embolden others.
Emily Piper said proposed $600 million cut would reverse a year of progress.
GOP 'repeal and replace' plan would slash Medicaid for thousands.
Clinic stirred up controversy during Michele Bachmann's last campaign.
Investigators say nurses didn't follow doctor's resuscitation order or try CPR.
The Minneapolis nursing home had no system to ensure that staff members followed a physician's signed order for lifesaving treatment, the Minnesota Department of Health said in an investigative report.
For thousands of Minnesotans with neurodegenerative diseases, losing one's ability to speak is one of the most devastating consequences.
Families lobby Legislature for reduced fees in the state TEFRA program.
The decision comes weeks after state regulators cited the facility for severe safety violations.
Industry is less regulated than nursing homes.
Minnesota spent roughly $2.4 billion in 2015 on home and community services.
With isolation a major health risk, agencies reach out to older Minnesotans.
Flooded hot line has families of vulnerable adults waiting months for investigations.
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Without pay reform for personal care aides, 'people will die,' they tell legislators.
State regulators have placed its license on conditional status.
NONFICTION: This powerful, important book by a journalist for the Guardian examines how a humanitarian crisis of refugees got recast as a security crisis.
The incident underscores serious gaps that still persist in Minnesota's system for screening thousands of caregivers and other staffers who care for vulnerable adults and children.
They won in St. Paul, lost in St. Louis.
Minnesota on Tuesday will announce the launch of new savings accounts that could lift hundreds of people with disabilities out of poverty by allowing them…
Arbitration clauses at many senior homes cause confusion, block lawsuits.
State says the substance abuse facility falsified a record, broke other rules.
Site only one that serves children and teens with severe mental illnesses.
Girl, 15, was missing 2 ½ months before being found hiding in a garage.
Task force strives to balance privacy rights against the desire to prevent elder abuse.
Numbers of those 65 and older getting food stamps have almost doubled.
NONFICTION: A New York Times correspondent unravels a massive propaganda machine.
A new hotline makes reporting easier, but advocates fear the state is not keeping up with complaints.
Six community health clinics will test new "one-stop shop" model of care
A federal appeals court in St. Louis has reversed a lower-court ruling that Minnesota's sex-offender treatment program is unconstitutional — a major victory for the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
He is the second man in two weeks to die under such circumstances.
"People don't want to impose, and it's difficult to get beyond that," said Tetyana Shippee, a sociologist at the University of Minnesota who studies aging and social isolation.
Licensing restrictions lifted on St. Peter's psychiatric facility.
State hopes to cut high rate of children cycling in and out of placements.
The man left his assisted living apartment at night in frigid weather.
With a $1 million federal grant, Volunteers of America of Minnesota and Wisconsin will lead a group of social service agencies in building a way to protect vulnerable adults while respecting their dignity and preserving their rights against overzealous guardians.
The program has quietly become a powerful tool to control waste in the multibillion-dollar Medical Assistance program while improving patient care -- and saving taxpayers at least $7 million a year in unnecessary medical costs.
The Lakota see the protest as a "last stand" for their way of life and the environment. Protesters are digging in for a long, cold winter, even as federal and local officials prepare to evict them.
Medicaid waiver backlog for social services is cut from 1,420 to zero.
In a case that could open doors for thousands of Minnesotans with disabilities, a large disability services provider has settled a state human rights charge and agreed to give its workers a shot at regular jobs.
Psychiatrist says he's been working 80-hour weeks at Anoka-Metro.
Overtime expenditures at the department have surged nearly 20 percent in the past three years and now far exceed those at other large state agencies, according to a report by the Office of the Legislative Auditor.
The sheltered workshops that Minnesota relies on likely violate the ADA.
NONFICTION: A sobering exploration of the lives of 10 young people killed by guns on the same day.
Anoka-Metro treatment center had already been under heightened federal scrutiny for the past year.
Task force calls for more reviews of Minnesota's private insurers.
A Twin Cities father will undergo a cutting-edge brain surgery at the U that has the potential to transform his life
About four Minnesotans a day seek care for sexual assaults.
New setback in state efforts to modify the controversial MSOP.
Confronting mental illness, 'You need a road map.'
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