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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.
NONFICTION: Author follows eight Milwaukee families that lost homes and argues that the lack of affordable housing helps create poverty.
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.'
New clients, new rules push vocational rehab program to its limits, meaning more than 1,000 people are put on waiting lists.
Staff at the treatment center refused to intervene, though teens wound up with concussions and abrasions. It was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
Former Minnesota Vikings tight end Stu Voigt was sentenced Thursday in federal court to six months in prison and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine for his role in a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme.
Gov. Mark Dayton announced new hiring initiatives this morning designed to improve the low rate of employment of Minnesotans with disabilities in state government.
'We are a treatment environment, not a prison,' director says.
One Iron Range firm makes strides toward inclusivity for people with disabilities.
Human Services Department inspector general set to retire after rooting out fraud, recovering millions
'What can be more fulfilling than assuring that children and vulnerable adults are safe?' says Jerry Kerber.
Cites assaults, abuse and repeat police calls.
Gayle L. Swann, a railroad worker and feminist crusader who sought office as a member of the Socialist Workers Party, died on Sept. 24 of…
Two years after a contentious battle to form a union, they are starting contract negotiations.
A federal rule bans mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts.
The Minnesota Security Hospital, the state’s largest psychiatric facility, has agreed to pay one of the biggest fines ever assessed against a state agency for…
Inmates with mental health problems are also more likely to commit subsequent offenses.
The 26-year-old has been confined solely for acts he did as young as age 10.
Hennepin tries shift from incarceration to treatment.
Teen left Blaine residential treatment center with a stranger who wasn't ID'd. State has cited a staffer and ordered the facility to take measures.
For the first time, people accused of low-level crimes are being issued special warrants and then released.
Man, 26, who abused as a child, is set to get program's first unconditional discharge.
Review finds patients stuck in hospitals as others wait.
NONFICTION: A Nigerian-American novelist reveals the deep roots of his artistic passions in a book of essays.
Troubled children not charged with a crime — whose only offenses might be running away from home or hitting a classmate — account for one-fifth of the population in Minnesota's county juvenile correctional facilities. Between 2009 and 2015, the amount of time that so-called "non-delinquent" children spent in such facilities rose 28 percent, largely because child protection workers and judges have nowhere else to send them.
Group home system limits options, the class action suit says.
People who had waited a year or more for gear to help them live more independently can now get a key piece of equipment delivered within days.
Parents want more access, more focus on treatment at state security hospital.
Staff at the St. Peter treatment center failed to take necessary precautions.
A St. Paul man who won a first-of-its-kind lawsuit, said he "just wanted a shot at an interview" for a supervisor position at the Bloomington packaging plant.
Marshall Smith, a longtime hospital executive, will take one of the toughest jobs in state government.
After a steep decline in one of the main groups it serves — the uninsured — Seton clinic will close after a century of aid.
Judges say Dwight Walton, convicted in 1980s, has shown progress in treatment.
Each day, thousands of Minnesota children, some as young as 8 or 9, serve as unpaid caregivers for family members who are too sick or frail to care for themselves.
It was minutes before the high school graduation ceremony, and Tom Terwey limped slowly into the Minneapolis Convention Center, leaning on a cane as sweat…
Frustrated by chronic bottlenecks in the state mental health system, three of Minnesota's largest hospitals are taking matters into their own hands.Mayo Clinic and Hennepin…
Frustrated by backlogs, hospitals are developing short-term housing for adults with psychiatric illnesses who may be ready for discharge from the hospital, but need more therapy before going home.
Legislators stepped up with $48M in new money, yet left out Security Hospital.
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