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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.
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.
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.
Dayton, attorney general's office support case that challenges judge's closure.
Ruling draws harsh criticism from lawmakers and open government advocates.
Advocates say St. Peter state hospital continues to violate its own policies regarding punitive measures.
As special master, Eric Magnuson will coordinate efforts to correct "serious constitutional problems" identified by the federal court.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services breached a court order when a boy who later assaulted a staff member was moved to a St. Peter mental hospital.
An assault by a 16-year-old patient who allegedly grabbed a security counselor by the hair, bashed her head against a wall and kicked her in the head repeatedly is the latest in a recent string of violent attacks on staff at the state's largest psychiatric hospital.
DHS to increase oversight following second death of mental-health patient.
Families installed "granny cams" at a New Hope facility after they found unexplained cuts and bruises on loved ones.
DHS gains power to better investigate schemes that exploit poor children and cost taxpayers. Already, more than a dozen investigations are underway.
The 2015 Legislature approved funding for an innovative program that offers early detection and treatment of psychosis in young people.
NONFICTION: A vivid account of the lives of Cuban spies who infiltrated U.S. anti-Castro groups, and paid the price.
Gov. Dayton opposes landmark ruling, defends constitutionality of long-term detainment.
But Gov. Mark Dayton signaled in a statement that his administration is prepared to resist specific reforms and that "there will be no immediate changes to this program."
U.S. judge will decide this week if state can continue to confine sex offenders indefinitely.
The state will add 150 pediatric mental health beds in the next three years as part of an unprecedented expansion of services for children with mental illnesses.
Surveillance of the day care, which was raided last week by federal and state investigators, detected wide discrepancies between hours billed and services provided.
The Salama Child Care Center had too many children and lacked basic supplies, officials say.
Some see the DHS review as an effort to discredit a court-appointed monitor highly critical of the agency's efforts to reform services for people with disabilities.
Investigators haul away computers, boxes, documents from Salama Child Care Center.
Influx of inmates and surge in violent assaults prompt state to limit county-jail admissions to Minnesota's second-largest psychiatric hospital.
After multiple revisions, the ambitious plan is still lacking in measurable goals, judge says.
NONFICTION: A Guantanamo prisoner's nightmarish account of torture casts doubt on U.S. interrogation methods.
Stepped-up effort by Department of Human Services to screen providers more than doubles dollars recovered.
Minnesota's largest housing authority is preparing an ambitious new effort to recruit participants for a federal rental-assistance program that aims to reverse decades of economic and racial segregation in subsidized rental housing in the Twin Cities.
Incidents involved elderly residents with a history of dementia.
The Medical Assistance benefits will expand access to a broad range of one-on-one therapies.
A legislative auditor's report fueled calls to scrutinize enrollees.
Department of Human Services faces $19 million shortfall, but families of disabled adults worry about impact.
The suicide Sunday night of a mentally ill, chemically dependent patient at the state facility will be investigated by an independent examiner, state officials said.
Tom McCartney, who survived a horrific double rape, says the state should lock away offenders forever — or execute them
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