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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.

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.

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 Hearing Detection and Identification
Health 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 Assistant Programs
Human Services Department  
With proper nutrition, children learn more easily, adults work more productively and seniors are healthier. There are programs to help people buy food, as well as plants and seeds to grow their own food.

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.

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.
Aging Board   Human Services Department  
The 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.

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