What’s new for: Licensing information

2016 legislative session fact sheets available online

Fact sheets summarizing human services proposals for the 2016 legislative session are now available on the DHS website. The fact sheets highlight proposals in both the capital budget and supplemental budgets. Gov. Mark Dayton’s supplemental budget recommendations for human services (PDF) are online. Legislative reports and background information also can be found on the legislative information page.

New Q and A feature added to website for family child care providers

A new page on the Minnesota Department of Human Services website provides family child care providers the opportunity to ask the department questions about licensed family child care. Family child care providers will submit their questions using the website page and DHS will consult with the provider’s licensor about the question before responding to the provider.

Report details costs associated with implementing new 245D standards

A new DHS report is available that describes actual costs associated with implementing the new Chapter 245D standards and maltreatment investigation costs relating to Chapter 245D. The report also includes actions for reducing maltreatment investigations costs and options for funding such investigations.

2015 licensing legislative changes highlighted in summary

Licensing legislation passed in 2015 is summarized in a new publication from the Office of Inspector General's Licensing Division (PDF). In addition to general changes, other licensing areas affected include child care programs, chemical dependency treatment programs, child foster care, and home and community-based services. The update includes information about the specific changes in law as well as links to the pertinent statutes.

Heed provider alerts to decrease incidents in licensed programs

From time to time, DHS Licensing sends alerts to providers on situations that can pose risks to vulnerable adults, children and adolescents who are receiving services. Many of the alerts areas and recommendations are licensing requirements but not outlined in the rules. Providers who are licensed by DHS to provide care should pay attention to alerts and review the list of recommendations.

2014 Maltreatment Report: Open reports decrease significantly

The DHS 2014 Maltreatment Report (PDF) demonstrates significant progress by DHS Licensing staff in decreasing the number of open maltreatment cases. The annual report provides comparison data over the last five fiscal years, including the number of maltreatment reports received, the number assigned for out-of-office maltreatment investigation and the number of substantiated reports.

Inspector General Annual Report details progress on provider, recipient fraud

The DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) 2014 Annual Report (PDF) reviews the year’s accomplishments, looks at trends and provides an overview of plans to improve protections for those who depend on public programs. The report highlights DHS efforts to aggressively pursue provider and recipient fraud — more than 400 cases relating to provider fraud were opened and more than $7 million in overpayments were recovered last year. The OIG continued its work on a new background study system that requires the use of fingerprints and photographs of job applicants who work in settings where vulnerable adults and children receive services. An outline of new initiatives are also featured.

Initial license application fee decreases July 1, 2015; surcharge expires

On June 30, 2015, the license fee surcharge imposed in 2009 for developing a statewide electronic licensing system expires. Effective July 1, 2015, the initial application fee will be $500. Any applications received prior to this date will include the $50 surcharge for a fee total of $550. Contact the DHS Licensing Division with questions.

Infant deaths in child care continue to decrease, report shows

Infant deaths in child care settings fell dramatically in 2013 from the two previous years, according to the recently published 2013 Licensing Division and Background Studies Division Year-end Report (PDF). The report features trends over previous years, a review of 2013 legislation and a look forward. The report notes that a number of factors may be contributing to this reduction in infant child care deaths, including increased public awareness of safe sleep practices, increased consistency in enforcement through the development of forms and tools for licensors, and enhanced provider information regarding standards and training requirements. More information is in a news release about the report.

New family child care training information available online

Information on new and increased training requirements for licensed family child care providers as a result of 2013 legislation is now available. The information includes updates on requirements for pre-service training as well as annual in-service training. Providers can also reference the Guide (Scenarios) to New 2014 FCC Training Requirements (PDF), which provides several different scenarios for new family child care licensing applicants as well as current license holders.

Consumers have 24/7 access to licensing information

Parents searching for child care for their baby, a son concerned about his mother’s adult day care program, family members evaluating services for their sibling with developmental disabilities — all of these consumers now have 24/7 access to important information about licensed programs with the expansion of DHS Licensing Information Lookup: http://licensinglookup.dhs.state.mn.us. Members of the public can subscribe to email alerts when new documents are posted.

License Minnesota site has information on state agency licenses, permits

License Minnesota, a one-stop website with information on state agency licenses and permits, is available off the Minnesota.gov portal. Minnesota.gov is the electronic entry point to Minnesota state government information and services. The License Minnesota website features licensing information on more than 500 licenses administered by more than 40 state agencies.

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