Deaf and Hard of Hearing Regional Office to Move

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Metro Regional Office and the Commission of Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans will move from the Metro Square Annex to the Golden Rule Building in mid-March. The regional office, which serves residents of Anoka, Washington, Hennepin, Scott, Carver, Ramsey and Dakota counties, will open to the public March 16.

The Metro Regional Office and commission will be located in Suite 105 of the Golden Rule Building, 85 East Seventh Place, in downtown St. Paul. The Metro Regional Office’s new main local phone number will be (651) 431-5840. The toll-free TTY number, (888) 206-6513, will remain the same. The commission’s new phone number will be (651) 431-5961. TTY users can use the Minnesota Relay at (800) 627-3529 to contact the commission. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The move is aimed at providing a more efficient, cost-effective location for the department, the Metro Regional Office and its customers, said Bruce Hodek, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division director. The state departments of Health and Commerce also are located in the Golden Rule Building.

The metro office is one of eight regional offices that help Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing and their parents, family members and other interested individuals. The office also serves private service providers — including schools, employers, businesses and others in the community — with information about hearing loss and available services. The office administers the Telephone Equipment Distribution Program, which provides communications and adaptive equipment such as amplified telephones, TTYs, signaling devices and other telephone equipment to eligible Minnesotans at no cost. More information is online at: www.dhs.state.mn.us or www.dhhsd.org

The Commission of Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans serves as the principal state agency to advocate on behalf of Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing by working to ensure they have equal access to the services, programs and opportunities available to others. More information about the commission is available on its Web site: http://www.mncdhh.com/