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2020 Social Services Block Grant Annual Report

To fulfill public input requirements, the Minnesota Department Of Human Services publishes this annual report. County agency staff must review and make available to the public the contents of this report and solicit public comments on the use of SSBG funds. County agencies are encouraged to integrate public input in its ongoing quality assurance processes.

You may review the report here: https://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased&Rendition=Primary&allowInterrupt=1&noSaveAs=1&dDocName=dhs-328477

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RentHelpMN is Now Open for Applications

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RentHelpMN is Now Open for Applications

Minnesota Housing is pleased to announce that RentHelpMN is now open and accepting applications. RentHelpMN makes it possible for eligible renters to get caught up on overdue rent and utilities dating back to March 13, 2020. It also makes provisions for those at risk of falling behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note that RentHelpMN is in Phase One, in which people with past due rent who meet eligibility requirements are invited to apply.

To apply for RentHelpMN, please visit renthelpmn.org or call 211. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN, 8:00a.m. – 8:00p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Visit renthelpmn.org to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements and to apply.

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Dust Control

The Lac qui Parle County Highway Department will be applying dust control on county, township and community gravel roads in Lac qui Parle County as approved by the County Highway Engineer. Only liquid calcium chloride will be offered as dust coating treatment.
Residents living on county and township gravel roads or Local Units of Government with gravel roads, within Lac qui Parle County, who wish to have the dust coating, must make a request by April 9, 2021. No request will be accepted after this date.
Please call the Lac qui Parle County Highway Department at (320) 598-3878, or click on Dust Control Application Request at the bottom of this news release.  Email the form to sam.muntean@lqpco.com or mail/bring to Lac qui Parle County Highway Department, 422 5th Ave, Madison, MN  56256.
The cost of material and application will be $0.98 per running foot for those living on county roads, and $0.49 per running foot per pass for those living on township roads. This is based on 0.25 gallons of material per square yard. If you are a first time customer you may want to consider two passes for the first year or two. The gravel roads should be bladed prior to application; this must be arranged between the resident on township roads and the Township Board. Lac qui Parle County makes no guarantee of the performance of this product. The planned placement of the dust coating will be in mid-May to early-June of 2021.

Dust Control Application Request

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2021 Family Child Care Variance Policy

On October 20, 2020, the Lac qui Parle County Social Services Board approved the Family Child Care Variance Policy. This policy will be effective January 1, 2021. You may view this policy on the Family Services Policies webpage by following this link http://lqpco.com/index.php/family-services/lqp-family-services-policies/

If you have qeustions, please contact Lac qui Parle County Family Services at 320-598-7594.

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COVID-19 Testing

The Minnesota Department of Health, the City of Madison, and Countryside Public Health are partnering to host free, no barrier COVID-19 testing in Madison.

Who qualifies?

  • Open to everyone in the Madison Community
  • Symptoms or no symptoms
  • Free, no insurance needed

When?

Thursday, October 29, 2020: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Where?

Madison Armory
504 3rd Street
Madison, MN  56256

Sign up for an appointment time now.

This helps keep wait times short and gives people plenty of space.

Register online:

https://www.primarybio.com/r/madison

For additional testing sites visit: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/

If you are not able to sign up online, or need a translator, call 1-855-612-0677 for assistance.

If you have questions directly for Countryside Public Heath, please call 1-800-657-3291.

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Get Tested for COVID-19

The Minnesota Department of Health, the City of Montevideo, the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department and Countryside Public Health are partnering to host free, no barrier COVID-19 testing in Montevideo.

Who qualifies?

  • Open to everyone in the Montevideo Community
  • Symptoms or no symptoms
  • Free, no insurance needed

When?

Tuesday, October 20, 2020: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Thursday, October 22, 2020: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Where?

Montevideo Community Center
550 1st Street South
Montevideo, MN  56265

Sign up for an appointment time now.

This helps keep wait times short and gives people plenty of space.

Register online:

https://www.primarybio.com/r/montevideo

For additional testing sites visit: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/

If you are not able to sign up online, or need a translator, call 1-855-612-0677 for assistance.

If you have questions directly for Countryside Public Heath, please call 1-800-657-3291.

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Make a Plan Minnesota

This Child Safety and Permanency Update was published by the Minnesota Department of Human Services on June 8, 2020.

As Minnesota perseveres through the COVID-19 public health crises, we know that more people will become sick and require hospitalization. We need families to be prepared. In other states, countries, and communities in Minnesota, there have been parents who have become too ill with COVID-19 to care for their children for short periods of time. These circumstances present a need to identify alternate caregivers who can step in to help care for chldren who have likely been exposed to the virus. Unfortunatley, this virus doesn't always leave time for people to make plans.

We're urging all Minnesotans who are responsible for the care of a child to make a plan now for alternate short term care for their children in the event parents or guardians become ill. To support families in this process, we've developed Make a Plan, Minnesota. Make a Plan, Minnesota helps guide families through a process to identify possible caregivers, gather vital family and child information, and share their plan with others. A fillable form is included to help families gather information that an alternate caregiver might need to know while caring for their children.

It's never too early to make a plan. Before the emergency is upon a family, we urge families to talk now with their support networks about who will be able to step in and help provide care for their children or other supports, such as dropping off meals or checking in with the children daily if a parent is quarantined at home.

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What to do if You’re Waiting for COVID-19 Test Results

Published by Minnesota Department of Health on 5/21/2020

If you are waiting for results from a COVID-19 test, you must separate yourself from others and watch yourself for symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. This is to protect yourself, your family, and your community.

GETTING YOUR TEST RESULTS

The clinic that did your testing will get the results to you. It can take several days for test results to come back. Do not call the Minnesota Department of Health to get your test results.

Separate yourself from others

  • Stay home. Do not go to work, school, or any other place outside the home. If you need medical care, follow the instructions below.

  • Stay away from other people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom, if available.

  • Wear a facemask if you need to be around other people, and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Wash hands thoroughly afterward.

  • Avoid sharing personal household items. Do not share food, dishes, drinking glasses, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home. After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water. Clean all frequently touched surfaces in your home daily, including door knobs, light switches, and faucets.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% to 95% alcohol. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

Please carefully review additional information provided to you by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Monitor your symptoms

IF YOUR SYMPTOMS GET WORSE, YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY BREATHING, OR YOU NEED MEDICAL CARE:

  1. Contact your health care provider. Call ahead. Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing (such as Uber or Lyft), or taxis if you need to go to a clinic or hospital.

  2. If you need to be around other people in your home, wear a facemask.

  3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze. Wash your hands. If you need emergency medical attention any time during the isolation period, call 911 and let them know that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Notify people you’ve been in contact with

Make a list of the people you have been in close contact with, from two days before you started feeling sick until the time you were tested. Tell these people that you may have COVID-19 and that they may have it, too. Tell them you will let them know when you get your test results. Tell them to stay home and away from others until they hear from you. If your test results are positive, they should continue to stay home and away from others for 14 days from their last contact with you. If your test results are negative, and they do not feel sick, they do not have to keep staying apart from others.

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Minnesotans with Low Incomes Now Able to Purchase Food Online Using SNAP Benefits

May 28, 2020 Minnesota Department of Human Services News Release

Almost 400,000 people who use the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Minnesota now have more options to buy food safely. Starting May 28, 2020, they can purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards.

For now, Walmart and Amazon are the only online retailers approved by the United States Department of Agriculture for SNAP purchases and available in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Human Services is encouraging other retailers to seek approval from the USDA so that SNAP recipients have more options. DHS oversees SNAP, which counties and tribal governments administer.

 “Safe access to healthy food is important for all of us,” said Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead. “By enabling SNAP recipients to purchase food online, we are increasing access to food and enabling safe purchasing. This is vital to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic while helping Minnesotans put healthy food on their tables.”

SNAP helps Minnesotans meet their food needs and avoid hunger. The average monthly SNAP benefit for each household member is $109 in Minnesota.

To be eligible to receive SNAP benefits, Minnesotans have to have an annual income below 165% of the federal poverty level. In fiscal year 2019, that was about $34,000 a year for a family of three. Of SNAP recipients in that year:

  • 45% were children. 
  • 44% were in Greater Minnesota. 
  • 13% were people with disabilities. 
  • 13% were older adults. 

To apply for SNAP benefits, contact us at Lac qui Parle County Family Services at 320-598-7594, or go to ApplyMN (applymn.dhs.mn.gov), or call the Minnesota Food helpline at 888-711-1151 for Greater Minnesota.