Families and children

Adult Mental Health
Human Services Department  
The Adult Mental Health Division works to ensure that programs and services are available throughout Minnesota. People may need assistance in a variety of areas, such as employment, housing, social connections, family relations and other co-occurring conditions

Autism Spectrum Disorders
Education Department  
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is also known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) offers access to resources such as the Minnesota Autism Project and Network and additional information regarding autism and related disorders.

Centers for Disease Control Release Videos: Swine Flu Symptoms
Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans, Commission of  
The Center for Disease Control (CDC), has released an informative video providing the public with information about what to watch for as it relates to H1N1 (Swine) Flu Symptoms. The ASL video has been made accessible with captioning and is available on YouTube.

Children and Youth Services - State Services for the Blind
Blind State Services  
State Services for the Blindís child information and referral page lists resources to serve as a starting point for answers to questions about child development, eye conditions, and adaptive skills.

Children with Disabilities - Minnesota Rules
Revisor of Statutes Office  
Minnesota Rules chapter 3525 covers Department of Education rules for children with a disability.

Children with Special Needs - Birth Defects
Health Department  
Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs has developed a series of fact sheets for over 40 of the most common birth defects. The fact sheets provide information such as a general description of the condition, prevalence, common associated conditions, short and long-term treatment and outcomes, common complications and implications for children's development.

Developmental Screening of Young Children
Health Department  
Developmental screening is a brief, simple procedure used to identify potential health or developmental problems in infants and young children who may need a health assessment, diagnostic assessment, or educational evaluation.

Early Childhood Services Directory
Health Department  
Early Childhood Services: A Directory of Resources Available for Children and Families in Minnesota provides information on resources that may help families, providers and others working with children with disabilities.

Early Hearing Detection and Identification
Human Services Department  
Universal hearing screening is becoming a standard of care for newborns in Minnesota, which has voluntary screening. In Minnesota, four babies are born every week with congenital hearing loss. Research has shown that early intervention by six months of age can significantly impact a child's success with language and cognitive development.

Emergency Food Programs
Human Services Department  
Department of Human Service's Office of Economic Opportunity emergency food programs are delivered by community-based, advocacy organizations and food shelves around the state of Minnesota. The programs aim to provide food to low-income individuals and families through Minnesota Food Shelves, soup kitchens, and other on-site meal programs.

Family Support Grant Program
Human Services Department  
The Family Support Grant program provides state cash grants to families of children with certified disabilities. The goal of the program is to prevent or delay the out-of-home placement of children with disabilities and promote family health and social well-being by facilitating access to family-centered services and supports.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Health Department  
The purpose of the Minnesota Department of Health Alcohol Exposed Pregnancy Prevention (AEPP) project is to help women prevent the consequences of drinking alcohol and not using effective birth control.

Food Support Program
Human Services Department  
Formerly called Food Stamps, the Food Support Program is a county-administered, federal program that assists people and families with low incomes to purchase food and better meet their nutritional needs.

Foster Care
Human Services Department  
Children need to feel safe and nurtured in order to learn and grow. Foster parents provide for the childís educational, health, cultural and social needs. Foster parents bring children to doctor appointments, participate in the childís education and attend cultural events in the community.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act
Education Department  
The Code of Federal Regulations includes Title 34, Education, Part 300: Assistance to States for the Education of Children with Disabilities. This constitutes the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA).

Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children
Human Services Department  
Minnesota's Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (Minnesota Statute 260.851) ensures that children in need of out-of-home placement to and from other states receive the same protections guaranteed to the children placed in care within Minnesota. This includes uniform guidelines and procedures to ensure that the placements take place in ways that promote the best interests of the child.

Mental Heallth for Children
Education Department  
The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires education agencies to provide special education and related services to eligible children and youth. Mental health services are not clearly defined in IDEA although it does define a number of related services (e.g. counseling, psychology, social work, etc.), which may be included in a childís Individualized Education Plan (IEP). These related services are to be made available to a child with disabilities to ensure that child receives a benefit from their specialized instruction and receives a free and appropriate public education (FAPE)

Minnesota Family Investment Program - Employment
Employment and Economic Development Department   Human Services Department  
The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) provides support for low-income families with children that helps parents move from welfare to unsubsidized employment.

Minnesota Family Investment Program - Human Services
Human Services Department  
The Minnesota Family Investment Program, or MFIP, is the stateís welfare reform program for low-income families with children. MFIP helps families move to work and focuses on helping families. It includes both cash and food assistance.

Minnesota Family Planning Program
Human Services Department  
Minnesota men and women between the ages of 15 and 50 are eligible for family planning services through the Minnesota Family Planning Program. The services are for people who are not enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) and are available through MHCP providers. Certified Minnesota Family Planning Program providers can grant enrollees short-term eligibility.

MinnesotaHelp.info
Aging Board   Human Services Department  
The MinnesotaHelp.info web site was developed cooperatively by the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Department of Human Services. It is an online directory of services designed to help people in Minnesota identify resources such as human services, information and referral, financial assistance, and other forms of aid and assistance within Minnesota. It is especially rich in resource information for seniors and their caregivers, disabled and their caregivers, parents and families, and low-income people.

Rehabilitation Act: Section 504
Education Department  
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act - Section 504 is a federal civil rights statute that assures individuals that they will not be discriminated against based upon their disability. Any learner with a disability, whether or not they receive special education services, is protected. Because all school districts receive federal funding, they are responsible for implementation of this law.

Who Pays: Taking the Maze out of Funding
Health Department  
This training provides information about a wide range of potential funding sources for families of all children, including, but not limited to, those with special health needs. It includes: major funding programs; other possible funding options; tools to help in identifying appropriate funding resources.