Posted at 10:00 AM on July 5, 2011
by Catharine Richert
There's been some confusion over which Department of Human Services programs will continue to operate during a shutdown.
To help clear that up, DHS's website lists what's open and what's closed.
Important note: It appears the list is slightly out of date, because it lists "food commodity distribution to food shelves" as a closed service.
We now know that food shelves will be stocked during the shutdown.
Below is the list, or you can access it here.
• Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) - prioritize security and treatment
• State Operated Services (direct care for people with disabilities) - prioritize critical services and treatment
• Enrollment in cash, food and health care assistance programs, including those newly eligible for the following programs: Medicaid/Medical Assistance, Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Diversionary Work Program (DWP), General Assistance, Minnesota Supplemental Aid, Refugee Cash Assistance, Group Residential Housing, Food Support, MinnesotaCare, Minnesota Food Assistance Program and Adoption Assistance
• Payments to providers and vendors of those programs, including payments through the Consolidated Chemical Dependency Treatment Fund
• Quarterly grant payments to counties to support adult mental health initiatives and adult and children's mental health crisis services
• Child support payments
• Computer system support for county child protection workers
• Pharmacy payment authorizations
• Authorization of oxygen tanks and methadone for patients
• Authorization of Do Not Resuscitate/ Do Not Intubate determinations for people under state guardianship
• Services funded through the Alternative Care program; consumer support grants; and home delivered meals for seniors
• HIV/AIDS services funded through Medical Assistance and insurance assistance, dental, mental health, nutrition services, home delivered meals and case management grants
Services that would be open will be at reduced staffing levels; significant delays may occur.
• Criminal background studies for applicants seeking employment in facilities licensed by DHS and the Minnesota Department of Health and in unlicensed personal care provider organizations
• Investigations of allegations of maltreatment of minors and vulnerable adults in DHS-licensed programs
• Fair hearings on appeals from clients of DHS programs
• Food commodity distribution to food shelves
• Payments for the Child Care Assistance Program
• Consent to adoption and approval to move children in and out of Minnesota for adoption
• Services for people who are deaf, deaf/blind and hard of hearing, including interpreter referral services
• Senior Linkage and Disability Linkage lines; MinnesotaHelp.info website
• Cashier and walk-in assistance services for MinnesotaCare in St. Paul
• Enrollment of new providers in Minnesota Health Care Programs
• Information to law enforcement regarding the mental health and chemical health commitment history for applicants seeking handgun permits
• Dental services at the four state-operated clinics in Cambridge, Willmar, Brainerd, Faribault and Fergus Falls
• Some grants for housing, food, chemical and mental health services, and other community services
• Special Review Boards to consider matters involving individuals committed as mentally ill and dangerous or as sex offenders
I find it quite interesting that individuals who live on welfare will continue to get their monies, but individuals who WORK for their existence - will not have their daycare paid for and thus, they will either have to find someone to watch their children or quit their jobs and go on welfare fulltime. Does that make sense???
I would like to know how much money the State of MN is losing because of the many venues (money earning) that they shut down (i.e. campgrounds, lottery). I would like to see the dollar amount that the State of MN decided to give away (which does not make sense since the State is in financial struggles). I hope at the end of this punishment to the citizens of Minnesota, we will be told the dollar amount LOST because of this decision.
I spoke to an employee of a Holiday gas station in a very populated area, and where this station is highly used. In one day, they lost over $1,500.00 due to the shutdown. That is one state, and one day??? How many gas stations out there lost more? How many grocery stores lost because of no sales of lottery tickets so lesspeoplel were shopping in the store. How much money was lost not only for the State but for these indpendent owners and their employees.
We voted these individuals into office, now we should be working hard on getting them all out of office and starting new! These individuals were chosen because they "informed us" that they would fight for our best interest, they would "take care of us" -- not happening, time for change.
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