Dayton: DHS licensing, homelessness programs are critical

Posted at 10:18 AM on July 7, 2011 by Catharine Richert (0 Comments)

Gov. Mark Dayton has filed a second petition with Special Master Kathleen Blatz requesting Department of Human Services licensing reopen on July 11.

Several groups, including the Emily Program, an organization slated to open an inpatient residential eating disorder facility later this month, petitioned Blatz to recommend the health department's licensing division stay open. In the instance of the Emily Program, opening that facility would be delayed without on-site licensure review.

In the 21 page document, Dayton makes a number of other notable requests.

For instance, he would like several homelessness programs, including the Family Homelessness Prevention and Assistance Program and the Transitional Housing Program to be reconsidered as core critical services. Dayton also wants grocery delivery services for homebound elderly Minnesotans to continue.

He'd also like 16 of the Minnesota Historical Society's 400 staff members to remain on the payroll to protect valuable property and care for animals at Oliver Kelley Farm.

Still, Dayton requests that several services, including a vehicle registration system that allows auto dealers to transmit vehicle sales and registration information to the Department of Vehicle Services, remain suspended.

He's also still adamant that the state's highway rest areas should stay closed. Earlier this week, the Minnesota Truckers Association petitioned the Special Master to keep rest stops open during the shutdown so they could take their mandatory pit stops.


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