What’s new for: Licensing information

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.

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.

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