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What’s new for: Licensing information
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.
Recommendations inform child safety legislative proposals
Proposals to change child care licensing (PDF) to prevent deaths in child care settings are being considered by legislators this session. The governor's proposals are aimed at improving safe sleep practices, improving and subsidizing training for providers, and improving the quality and consistency of licensing oversight. The proposals came in part from a report, Review of Child Deaths in Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Homes (PDF), which noted an increase in deaths in licensed family child care homes since 2006. Feedback on recommendations to improve child safety was provided by child care providers, parents and others in meetings held in November and December 2012 and is summarized in an online report, Themes from Stakeholders about Recommendations in Child Deaths in Licensed Family Child Care Homes (PDF).
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.
2012 legislative highlights for DHS Licensing online
The 2012 Legislature passed amendments affecting the licensure of Department of Human Services (DHS) license holders. The laws are available on the Office of the Revisor of Statutes website. This document provides a quick link directly to the amendments in Minnesota Session Laws 2012, Regular Session that affect DHS 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. 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 North Star website. North Star 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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