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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Law provides: The department administers programs for citizens whose personal or family resources are not adequate to meet their basic needs. The commissioner administers and supervises publicly funded health care programs, economic self-sufficiency programs, children’s services and community-based services to persons with disabilities. It also administers state-operated services for persons with chemical dependency, developmental disabilities, and mental illness and operates one center for geriatric patients. (Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 245–261)

Commissioner: Cal Ludeman 
Appointed: 2007  
Salary: $108,400

Tracy. University of Wyoming, B.S.


Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Bldg., 540 Cedar St., St. Paul 55155
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Function: The department supervises county administration of financial assistance and community social service programs and directly administers regional treatment center and community-based state-operated facilities. It directly administers service programs for hearing-impaired persons and licenses public and private agencies and programs that provide child care, child and adult foster care, and residential and nonresidential programming for persons with developmental disabilities, chemical dependency, or mental illness.

Adult Mental Health Services are provided on regional treatment center campuses in Anoka, Brainerd, Willmar, and seven 16-bed Community-Behavioral Health Hospitals (CBHH) located in Alexandria, Annandale, Baxter, Fergus Falls, Rochester, St. Peter, and Wadena. Three new CBHHs are scheduled to open in 2007 in Bemidji, Cold Spring, and Willmar. Additional community mental health services are provided at facilities located in Duluth, Eveleth, and Mankato.

Forensic Services are provided at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter, Minnesota Extended Treatment Options in Cambridge, and the Minnesota Sex Offender Programs in Moose Lake and St. Peter for individuals who have been committed by a court and determined to pose a risk to society. Currently, forensic nursing home services are provided at Ah-Gwah-Ching Center.

Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Services provide statewide consultation, assessment, and services to children and adolescents in need of in-patient residential mental health services.

Community Support Services provide statewide consultation, assessment, crisis, and other services to help people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and traumatic brain disorders to live in the community.

Minnesota Neurorehabilitation Services provide statewide consultation, assessment, and services to individuals with traumatic brain injury.

Minnesota State Operated Community Services provide statewide residential, vocational, and crisis support services for people with developmental and other disabilities.

Community Addiction Recovery Enterprise provides chemical dependency treatment services in Anoka, Brainerd, Carlton, Fergus Falls, St. Peter, and Willmar.

Last updated: 6/1/2009 2:52:59 PM