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As a young beauty pageant contestant, DeGalynn Wade Sanders polished an original dance and spoken-word routine that she called, simply, “The Dream Factor.” The future…
The operator of a child treatment center failed to notice that the 25-year-old was barred from working there.
The law culminates years of grass-roots lobbying by disability advocates, and requires all newly licensed foster parents to receive an hour of training on parenting strategies for children with FASD.
Gov. Dayton is seeking $58 million to help cover costs and alleviate the worker shortage.
It's the latest in a spate of safety violations at Golden Living facilities.
Jonathan Earl Brown, by most accounts, was trying to get his life back on track when he was released from a Ramsey County workhouse early…
Effort follows sharp increase in Minnesota deaths.
Federal regulators had threatened cuts due to lapses in care.
Proposal says families can install surveillance without fear of reprisal.
Thomas Duvall was nearly freed in 2014 amid a political furor.
The crowding has become so acute in some smaller, rural hospitals that patients are forced to wait on stretchers in public hallways, often for hours.
Police took him to a local hospital; no one was injured.
Minnesota alleges bias by U.S. district court judge, seeks reversal of his ruling.
Female patient was left naked, visible on cameras, investigators found.
Investigators found hundreds of instances when children didn't show up
Nurses gave the resident, who had a severe cognitive disability, 10 times his prescribed dose.
Gov. Dayton seeks to target 'decades of neglect' at state-run psychiatric facilities.
FIRST OF FIVE PARTS: The state is segregating thousands of disabled adults in isolating jobs and homes. Many feel trapped, unable to lead independent lives.
Ater Manyang hanged himself Friday at a state addiction-treatment center, the fourth suicide at a state treatment facility since early 2015.
Some St. Therese of New Hope employees were fired, two charged criminally.
Anoka-Metro center has a long history of bottlenecks and safety problems.
State, county officials argue Christopher Coker is too dangerous to free.
Two years after catching an aide ridiculing their mother, two sisters have become zealous proponents of using miniature cameras to catch abuse in senior homes.
Minnesota has turned the corner in a prolonged battle against the use of dangerous restraints and isolation rooms at facilities for people with developmental disabilities.
Some people are being jailed illegally, report found.
For one mother, a hospital bed was the only choice.
NONFICTION: Author follows eight Milwaukee families that lost homes and argues that the lack of affordable housing helps create poverty.
Secret video leads to abuse charges against an aide at a Hopkins nursing home.
At least 8 victims ranged in age from 2 to 12.
Richard A. Williams, 61, has a 21-page plan for staying straight. "I just want the opportunity to show the world that I'm a new man."
The president of CSS was ordered to cease practicing until an inquiry is finished.
Oliver Dority, who has done time for two sexual assaults, is slated to move soon to a halfway house in the Summit-University district.
He's among six offenders freed in the past year, unprecedented for a program that has confined offenders indefinitely.
Gloria Steinbring, a charismatic and fiery leader of Minnesota's disability rights movement for four decades, died last month in Minneapolis. She was 71.
Worker with disability fights his limiting status as a 'client'
The voluntary initiative, known as "Way to Work," is based on a similar program in Ohio and has helped hundreds.
Dr. Eduardo Colon resolves to attack chronic overcrowding, fight stigma.
Judge overrides other officials who argued the man remains dangerous.
Generic treatment plans, other issues put mental hospital's federal funding at risk.
State reforms cleared the way for hundreds of families to get assistance
$3.5 million in federal funds at risk over safety problems at Anoka-Metro.
Mary E. Schneider, a pioneering social worker who traveled the Minnesota countryside in a 1935 Chevrolet, launching school lunch programs in small towns, died Dec.…
Current and former employees of Complementary Support Services describe practices that not only misled the government but put scores of patients in harm's way.
State stops payments; employees worry clients will be stranded.
Sheltered workshops that employ thousands of Minnesotans with disabilities, often for just pennies an hour, would be forced to make drastic changes under a state…
Emily Johnson Piper took one of the toughest jobs in state government this week when she became commissioner of the Department of Human Services. She…
The Minnesota Security Hospital, the state's largest psychiatric hospital, has been fined $63,000 for multiple violations of failing to protect its workers from violence.
Agency chief Lucinda Jesson, U counsel Tracy Smith appointed to the high-profile bench.
The federal ruling gives state a temporary victory.
State explores heightened enforcement of mental health agencies, following alleged fraud by Richfield nonprofit
The nonprofit Complementary Support Services is accused of overbilling Medicaid for hundreds of patients.
She was in the spotlight during five tumultuous years leading the DHS.
He says Minnesota did not prove changes to sex offender program risked public safety.
State changed premium payment due date, but many enrollees missed the notice.
Gov. Mark Dayton, legislators say they intend to produce a broad package of reforms in the 2016 Legislature that would help Minnesotans with disabilities lead more independent and meaningful lives.
Set up to be safe havens, some group homes for the disabled have become remote "prisons," where residents are vulnerable to violence and neglect.
Sentence is longer than prosecutors sought in 83-year-old's assault.
Adults with disabilities must overcome constant barriers to pursue a fundamental human right – loving relationships.
Today many disabled Vermont residents are thriving in the community – and the state is saving money. (Part Four of our special report: A Matter of Dignity)
PART 3 OF 5: Thousands of disabled Minnesotans languish on waiting lists for crucial services even as millions of dollars remain unspent.
Without support, few adults with disabilities find success living on their own.
One is part of the community, the other stuck in a workshop
The state took the unusual step of taking over management of Camden Care Center, an 87-bed nursing home at 512 49th Avenue North in Minneapolis, after inspections in recent months found 80 health and safety violations.
A federal judge has ordered Minnesota's troubled sex offender program to promptly evaluate all offenders it has under custody, and to release those who no longer pose enough of a risk to the public.
Better jobs, medical care, housing are goals.
The aging 80-bed facility couldn't compete with newer senior facilities in suburbs.
A high-profile court hearing is set for next Wednesday.
In a rare settlement, the male aide has agreed to pay $15 million if he ever rapes again.
Fairview veteran will lead DHS mental health, treatment amid concerns over rising violence.
Several state senators suggested such an audit earlier this week, and on Wednesday Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson formally requested one, saying she believes it will uphold the way her department conducted the bidding and chose the winners.
Services to thousands have been delayed, sometimes for years.
Over a chorus of objections from state authorities and medical experts, a man convicted of raping three teenage girls in the early 1990s was granted conditional release by a judicial panel last week.
State refuses to offer federal judge ideas for program remedies.
Giving the state until Sept. 21 to propose fixes, U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank warned he would impose a "more forceful solution" if the state failed to correct constitutional violations.
The release comes as the state weighs dramatic reforms to the sex offender program, which is under legal pressure to demonstrate that it provides offenders genuine treatment and the prospect of getting out.
The proposed changes could cost tens of millions of dollars but still may not satisfy a federal judge.
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