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Housing program for people with disabilities hits major milestone


Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

More than 1,000 people with disabilities will spend this holiday season in safe, affordable homes of their own because of a program sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and The Arc of Minnesota.

Housing Access Services helps Minnesota adults of all ages who are eligible for certain Medical Assistance programs because of their disability or other health care needs. In addition to housing, the program connects people to employment supports or workforce centers, nutrition programs and other supports that help them to be successful living in the community.

“We work to help people with disabilities and older adults live in their own homes and the Housing Access Services program is important to reaching that goal,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “When I visit with people with disabilities who are living in their own apartments for the first time, or Minnesotans who have stayed in their own homes as they age, I see the difference we can make in people’s lives.”

Once someone decides they want to move to their own home, Housing Access Services staff help the person find housing. Staff can help complete rental applications and lease agreements, meet and negotiate with landlords, find affordable furnishings and move belongings. Housing Access Services also can pay application fees and other expenses and can help people connect to other benefits, such as food assistance.

Among the 1,166 people who have moved since the program started in late 2009 are adults who had been living in their family homes and others who moved to their own homes from group homes, assisted living or from being homeless. Program participants, families, county and Housing Access Services staff tell their stories in videos created by the program and posted on YouTube and the DHS website.

Other DHS programs that help older Minnesotans and people with disabilities live in homes of their own include:

Moving Home Minnesota, for people who are on Medical Assistance and have been living in a nursing home, psychiatric hospital or other type of hospital or facility for 90 or more days.

Return to Community, which helps nursing home residents return to homes in the community if they want to.

More information on all of these programs is available by contacting the Disability Linkage Line at 1(866)333-2466 or the Senior LinkAge Line at 1(800)333-243 .....
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Getting covered is good for families in rural Minnesota: sign up by January 15 for health insurance coverage that starts February 1!

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Living in a rural community shouldn’t have to come with a hefty price tag for healthcare. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it no longer has to. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is already making a difference in the lives of millions of rural Ame ..... 
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Red Cross blood donation opportunities

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The American Red Cross asks eligible blood donors to make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2015, beginning with National Blood Donor Month in January. National Blood Donor Month recognizes the importance of giving blood and platelets while ..... 
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MNsure site issues

By Marvin Eggert

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Monday is the deadline for signing up for insurance through MNsure. I would like to provide a customer perspective on how the site is performing this year. Based on press reports related to failures of the service in 2013, MNsure replaced upper le ..... 
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Goal exceeded by nine at Harmony blood drive

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Thank you to all the donors who contributed to the success of the bloodmobile held in Harmony on December 2, 2014. Our goal for the day was 38, and with 48 donors presenting (including three first-time donors), we succeeded in collecting 47 units. I ..... 
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Bloodmobile in Harmony on December 2

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. Typi ..... 
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Celebrating National Homecare Month

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Good Samaritan Society Home Care of Preston is happy to be celebrating in the month of November not only National Homecare month, but also the ongoing 20 year celebration of their existence. This service which was somewhat unique in 1994 is more the ..... 
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Simply dial 2-1-1. Get connected, get answers

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Great Rivers 2-1-1 Always Here for Support The winter holiday season in the Midwest is a truly beautiful time as communities put up their lights and decorations and the snow creates lovely winter scenes. For most people this is a time of exciteme ..... 
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Walk-in flu shot and mist clinic

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health director Lantha Stevens notes, “Now is still a great time to get a flu shot or flu mist to protect you and your family from illness this winter. Anyone over age six months can get vaccinated for the flu and it is one ..... 
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