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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.
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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.
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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.
Stepped-up effort by Department of Human Services to screen providers more than doubles dollars recovered.
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
Dr. KyleeAnn Stevens is expected to make significant changes at St. Peter facility.
As assaults on Minnesota Security Hospital staff rise, plan would shift violent patients to secure facilities.
State’s largest agency moved to eliminate a $19 million deficit by slashing public services and laying off staff members.
State defends its programming in trial challenging treatment center’s constitutionality.
Hennepin County effort is seen as a model for state.
Administrators said program lacks the staff and funding to determine if certain sex offenders should be released.
In federal court, state Human Services chief Lucinda Jesson cites reforms in a system that is targeted in a lawsuit.
Even though he has never been convicted of a sex crime as an adult, Craig Bolte has been confined at a state treatment center for…
A convicted molester decried the state’s treatment program, testifying that it fosters hopelessness.
Despite long waits and few services, millions in state and federal dollars unspent
The assault comes as the state experiences a surge in maltreatment complaints at nursing homes.
“Monumental” case could lead to dramatic treatment reforms.
New Hennepin County effort aims to break recidivism cycle.
The release of Robert Jeno, only the third offender ever discharged from the sex offender program, could prove precedent-setting.
“You have to understand,” the ebullient old man would say to his grandchildren. “We are show people.” The old man was Alexander “Buzz” Bainbridge, a…
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Facing a shortage of beds and cost pressures, hospitals use outside social workers for help.
Mental health care in rural Minnesota is at crisis levels.
The regional housing authority expects up to 70,000 families to apply for just 2,000 cherished spots on a waiting list for housing vouchers.
Across the state, low-income families are being squeezed by a grim combination of scarce housing and unprecedented cuts to the federal government’s rental-assistance program.
Program eliminates long-standing penalty that reduced benefits for children adopted by foster parents.
Once a leader in preventing Medicaid theft, Minnesota now lags in prosecuting fraudulent home-care workers.
Home health care companies, which deploy more than 100,000 personal care assistants in Minnesota, operate without the kind of oversight that is routinely given to licensed care facilities such as nursing homes, and their workers are often low paid and poorly trained.
The once-amicable and highly local business of home caregiving has become a multibillion-dollar industry marked by for-profit franchising and cutthroat competition.
Law gives some inmates priority in state facilities.
“It’s never easy to cut back spending, especially in an agency where the work is so critical,” Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, above, wrote.
The appointment of James Koppel comes amid reports of repeated failures of state’s child protection system.
The Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter failed to provide prescribed medications for three mentally ill patients, including one patient infected with HIV, in the…
Minnesota's sex offender program should begin preparing sex offenders for release as soon as they are admitted, say court-appointed experts, who are the latest to find systemic faults in the controversial system.
Two men claim Thomas Duvall molested them as boys, which might have swayed experts’ opinions.
A federal trial that could determine the constitutionality of Minnesota’s sex offender program is set for early February.
State investigators say several staff members noted the resident’s decline but failed to call for emergency help.
St. Louis Park firm was accused of discriminating on the basis of disabilities.
The Minnesota Security Hospital is ordered to take corrective steps after improper use of restraint and seclusion of a patient, in one case confining the individual for more than 17 hours.
State investigation cites St. Peter facility for “unacceptable failure” in January murder of patient.
Beating death of patient at mental hospital triggers a call for outside oversight.
Despite improvements, seclusion and dangerous restraints are still used.
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Group at Moose Lake center aims to elect up to eight offenders to city and county positions.