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DHS group home decision due Aug. 8

I have heard from many members of your community since the meeting July 24 regarding the opening of a state-operated group home for people with mental and physical disabilities in Nokay LakeTownship. DHS prides itself on being a good neighbor and has built strong partnerships in your area over several decades. In that spirit, we will explore alternative options that I hope will meet all of our needs.

I understand that the placement of the group home caught many of you off guard and we want to take more time to work with the community. Over the next two weeks we will engage in discussions to address your concerns while considering viable alternatives that will provide these important services.

We plan to conclude our evaluation by Aug. 8 and will then share our decision. In the meantime, if you have questions you may contact Patricia Carlson, CEO of State Operated Services, at 651-431-2369 or Thank you for your patience as we work to find a solution that works for everyone.

Lucinda Jesson


Minnesota Department

of Human Services

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