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What’s new for: Licensing information
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.
2015 legislative session fact sheets now online
Fact sheets summarizing highlights of the 2015 legislative session are now available on the fact sheets page. A fact sheet providing an overview of human services legislation (PDF) is included, along with fact sheets on fighting the spread of opioids (PDF), keeping health care accessible and affordable (PDF), promoting innovation in long-term care purchasing and financing (PDF), protecting taxpayers from fraud in public programs (PDF), strengthening Minnesota’s mental health system (PDF), and providing children with a safe place to learn and grow (PDF).
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.
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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