Minnesota: Health & Disability Programs

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Services for the Blind (SSB)
SSB helps people who are blind, visually impaired, or Deafblind to live and work as independently as possible by providing training to adjust to blindness and vision loss, exploring assistive technology, and teaching adults how to prepare for, attain, and keep jobs.
2200 University Avenue, Suite 240
Saint Paul, MN 55114
(651) 642-0500
Toll-free (800) 652-9000
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services
The Vocational Rehabilitation Services unit helps people with disabilities prepare for, attain, and keep jobs and live as independently as possible.
First National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 259-7366
Toll-free (800) 328-9095
Minnesota Department of Health’s Children with Special Health Needs (MCSHN)
MCSHN is in charge of public health programs for children and youth with special health needs, their families and communities. Services include:  information, referral, and follow-up; workforce development, which provides technical assistance, resources, and training to primary care professionals; specialty clinics including facial dental/cleft palate, development and behavior, and habilitation and technology clinics; screening and early identification; monitoring health and well-being; and the development of community partnerships and public policy.
85 East Seventh Place
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164
(651) 201-3650
toll free 1-800-728-5420
Minnesota Department of Health’s Health Promotion and Chronic Disease (HPCD) Division
HPCD works to reduce suffering and death from chronic diseases and injuries in Minnesota by leading in the prevention of chronic diseases and injuries; conducting public health surveillance; and developing, implementing, evaluating and supporting public health interventions. Program areas include arthritis (consists of The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and Enhanced Fitness, and The Arthritis Foundation’s Self-Help, Exercise, and Aquatics Programs), Cancer Control (provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and follow-up diagnosis to low income women), Center for Health Promotion (works to improve health and prevent injury and chronic disease in the areas of alcohol and other drug problems, obesity, diabetes, oral health, school health, heart disease and stroke prevention, sexual violence prevention, Healthy Minnesota Workplace Program, Injury and Violence Prevention, physical activity, Statewide Health Improvement Program, nutrition, TV/Screen Time Health, and health behavior research), chronic disease and environmental epidemiology (monitors and reports the occurrence of cancer in Minnesotans through a statewide cancer surveillance system, develops and implements a statewide asthma control action plan, monitors and evaluates occupational injuries and respiratory and other chronic diseases), and Comprehensive Cancer Planning (plans and implements an integrated approach to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality and to improve the quality of life for people with cancer).
P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164
(651) 201-3600
Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Adult Mental Health Division
While the state generally does not provide direct services, the division does provide state and federal funding for mental health treatment. Initiatives include MN 10 by 10 (developed by professionals to improve the average lifespan of Minnesotans with bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia by 10 years within 10 years); a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to enhance services for people with co-occurring mental illness and chemical dependency; training, on-site consultation and technical assistance to regions implementing Assertive Community Treatment, Illness Management and Recovery, Supportive Employment and Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment; and work with health plans, counties, and community providers and hospitals to reduce fragmentation and to expand the range of available services.
 PO Box 64981
St. Paul, MN 55164
(651) 431-2225
Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Aging and Adult Services Division
This division administers state and federal programs that provide protective services, supportive assistance, and alternative housing arrangements for older and/or vulnerable adults. The division also provides staffing assistance to the Minnesota Board on Aging (administers health promotion programs such as Living Well with Chronic Conditions, Arthritis Foundation Self-Management Program®, Falls Prevention, Healthy Eating for Successful Living® , and  EnhanceFitness®) and Area Agencies on Aging in the administering of the federal Older Americans Act and state senior nutrition and volunteer programs.  Programs supporting older adults and their caregivers include: Adult Protective Services, Group Residential Housing, the Indian Elder Program, State Health Insurance Program, the Office of Ombudsman
for Long-Term Care, the ElderCare Development Partnership, Senior LinkAge Line, the Senior Nutrition Program, the Elderly Waiver, Long-Term Care Consultation, Minnesota Senior Health Options, Nursing Home, the Prescription Drug Program, and Health Care.
P.O. Box 64976
St. Paul, MN 55164
(651) 431-2600
Board on Aging: (800) 882-6262 or (651) 431-2500.
Senior Linkage Line: (800) 333-2433
The Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Continuing Care Administration’s Disability Services Division (DSD)
DSD manages publicly funded programs that support people with a variety of disabilities, including developmental disabilities, chronic medical conditions, acquired or traumatic brain injuries and physical disabilities; DSD helps people with disabilities live where they choose by providing community-based services which promote individual and family self-sufficiency and maintain the individual’s or family’s highest possible level of independence in the community. Services include home, residential and work-related services.
Regional offices across Minnesota
(651) 431-2400
Toll-free (800) 747-5484