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Major State Aids & Taxes: Human Services Aid

Program Description

Human services aid is the total amount of state aid for human services programs, including all income maintenance and social service programs. Although the federal government and the counties contribute money to programs in varying degrees, the amounts in this report reflect only the state's share of the human services costs.

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Aid Amount and Reporting

2013 Human Services Aid: $5.2 billion

The state's share of the human services expenditures for calendar year 2013 is $5,154,118,259. The statewide amounts by program are listed below.

Type of Program Amount Percent
Medical Assistance $3,415,066,617 66.3%
Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) 71,942,691 1.4
General Assistance (GA) 51,738,093 1.0
MinnesotaCare (MNCare) 27,022,092 0.5
Social Services (including CSSA) 1,414,982,336 27.5
Miscellaneous:    
Minnesota Supplemental Assistance 36,356,373 0.7
Group Residential Housing 134,137,603 2.6
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 1,429,928 0.0
Title IV Child Support 1,442,526 0.0
Total $5,154,118,259 100.0%

(A small amount of MinnesotaCare subsidies are identified by county ($213,572 in 2013). This amount is included in the state total.)

State MFIP spending shown here is before offsetting any current year child support collections applied against current and prior years' MFIP payments. In calendar year 2013, MFIP spending in Minnesota totaled $377.8 million ($278.8 million federal, $71.9 million state, $27.0 million county), and offsetting child support collections totaled $41.5 million, one-half offset federal costs and one-half offset state costs.

The human services amounts, other than MinnesotaCare, are not available by county in two cases:

  • Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS)---Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, and Rock
  • Human Service Board---Faribault and Martin

In these two groups, human services aid is administered through a "home" county: Lyon in SWHHS and Faribault in the Human Service Board. The total human service amount for SWHHS is $70.0 million and for the Human Service Board, $36.9 million. An amount for these eight counties was estimated using population, and this amount appears in the county tables.

Human services aid data was obtained from the Department of Human Services, Financial Management Division.

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Per Capita Maps

Map of human services aid per capita by countyMap of human services aid per capita by economic development region

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The Past Five Years of Human Services Aid

The table below shows the distribution of human services aid in thousands of dollars for the past five years for the state and economic development regions. The graph shows total dollars of human services aid for that same time period in nominal (actual) and constant (inflation-adjusted) dollars.

Human Services Aid: Calendar Years 2009 to 2013
Nominal dollars, in thousands
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 5-Yr. Chg. Aid
State $4,605,329 $4,006,620 $4,656,110 $4,829,686 $5,154,118 12%

Northern Regions
Northwest (1)
Headwaters (2)
Arrowhead (3)
West Central (4)
Five (5)
East Central (7E)
89,940
114,067
367,556
205,754
161,944
131,730
78,447
96,543
314,037
180,204
142,045
117,851
87,596
109,137
359,293
204,794
164,192
132,216
87,176
110,778
366,552
210,812
164,806
131,673
90,533
117,480
383,098
223,136
172,958
141,426
1
3
4
8
7
7

Southern Regions
Six East (6E)
Upper MN Valley (6W)
Central MN (7W)
Southwest (8)
Nine (9)
Southeastern MN (10)
97,071
48,860
233,839
107,795
178,495
362,932
85,509
42,155
212,091
94,302
157,003
323,552
97,663
48,403
248,786
106,510
179,211
364,451
98,935
48,683
250,358
107,946
185,656
379,026
103,779
50,819
270,111
113,421
192,320
398,445
7
4
16
5
8
10
Total Nonmetro $2,099,985 $1,843,739 $2,102,253 $2,142,400 $2,257,740 8%

Metro Region
Hennepin County
Ramsey County
Remaining Metro
1,046,184
531,608
584,817
1,229,292
639,829
684,578
1,309,472
671,676
706,138
1,172,768
575,713
616,652
1,408,063
721,604
766,712
14
18
18
Total Metro $2,505,259 $2,162,610 $2,553,698 $2,687,286 $2,896,378 16%

A small amount of MinnesotaCare subsidies are included in the state totals for 2009 to 2013, but cannot be indentified by county or region; as a result the state total is slightly greater than the sum of the regions.

Statewide Human Services Aid

Line graph of statewide human service aid for five years

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March 2017

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