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What’s new for: Licensing information
Training on new home and community-based services is Dec. 4
With new 245D home and community-based services (HCBS) (PPT) standards taking effect Jan. 1, 2014, DHS is offering training for county licensors and supervisors. Participants will learn how the new requirements under 245D will affect county licensing functions for foster care and community residential settings. The next videoconference will be Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. at multiple locations throughout the state. In addition, live video streaming will be available so county licensors and supervisors can participate from their computers. Visit the Licensing TrainLink website, sign on and enter your unique key. (New participants will need to request a unique key.) Select “course search/online learning” and select the class. Select “start course” and follow the instructions.
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.
Report has info about maltreatment of vulnerable adults, minors
The DHS Office of Inspector General has released a report to the Minnesota Legislature (PDF) about reports and investigations of alleged maltreatment of both vulnerable adults and minors in programs licensed by the department in fiscal years 2011 and 2012. The report also details trends that affect the safety of vulnerable adults.
Infant deaths in child care down, more work needed
Action taken by DHS, providers, and local partners to address a dramatic increase in the deaths of infants in child care has helped to stall the alarming trend, according to the 2012 annual report on licensing activities by the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) (PDF). Infant deaths occurring in child care settings was one of four “emergent issues” identified in the report released April 3. More information is in a news release about the report..
Study of infant deaths focuses on sleep safety
About 30 recommendations for countering a sharp increase in the number of infant deaths in licensed family child care homes since 2006 cap an analysis by a subcommittee of the Child Mortality Review Panel. The panel issued a report, Review of Child Deaths in Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Homes (PDF), which will be used to inform work with legislative leaders to improve Minnesota's child care standards. More information is in a story about the report.
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. More information is available in a news release about DHS Licensing Information Lookup.
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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