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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.
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.
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.
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