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What’s new for: Licensing information
Budget information available online
Gov. Mark Dayton’s supplemental budget recommendations for the 2014-2015 biennium are available on the Minnesota Management & Budget’s website. Fact sheets summarizing human services proposals for the 2014 legislative session are now available on the DHS website. Fact sheets highlighting improvements at the Minnesota Security Hospital (PDF), funding for expanded early childhood learning facilities (PDF), Unsession proposals (PDF) and background study reform (PDF) are on the legislative information page on the DHS website. Legislative reports and background information are listed on the page as well.
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.
DHS sees increase in maltreatment reports and investigations
The number of reports of maltreatment in Minnesota licensed programs in fiscal year 2013 increased by 7 percent while the number of substantiated reports rose by 10 percent. These are some of the findings in the Minnesota Department of Human Services FY 13 Maltreatment Report (PDF) to the Legislature. Also noteworthy is that from FY 12 to FY 13, the number of maltreatment investigations the department was able to complete in FY 13 increased 9 percent over the previous reporting period. More information is in a story about the report.
Summary of licensing, fraud and abuse legislation posted
The DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has prepared a 2013 legislative summary (PDF) that details the numerous legislative proposals that were enacted into law this year. The proposals cover all areas over which the inspector general has oversight, including licensing, background studies and financial fraud and abuse investigation.
2013 legislative session fact sheets now available online
Fact sheets summarizing highlights of the 2013 legislative session are now available on DHS’ public website. Two overview fact sheets highlighting human services initiatives and budget changes are included, along with fact sheets that focus on behavioral health, children's issues, fraud prevention and investigation, health care, Reform 2020 and the Transition to Community initiative. The fact sheets are posted on the 2013 session fact sheets page.
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, 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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